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Week in Geek: The What on Earth is that Process Edition

Ever been looking at Task Manager and wondered just what that weird process is? You aren’t alone, we do the same thing over here, and we’ve got a whole list of them that we’ve already deciphered for you.

In no specific order, here’s the list of the processes we’ve covered in-depth. If there’s a specific process that you’re really curious about, leave a comment and let us know.

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What is dpupdchk.exe and Why Is It Running?

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What is conhost.exe and Why Is It Running?

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What is rundll32.exe And Why Is It Running?

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What are wmpnscfg.exe and wmpnetwk.exe and Why Are They Running?

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What is mDNSResponder.exe / Bonjour and How Can I Uninstall or Remove It?

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What is ctfmon.exe And Why Is It Running?

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What is dwm.exe And Why Is It Running?

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What is jusched.exe And Why Is It Running?

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What is svchost.exe And Why Is It Running?

Be sure and let us know if there’s a process you’d like to understand better, and we’ll do some research on it.

TinyHacker Random Geekery

There’s lots more geek links, and even some non-geeky stuff too. It’s random!

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Speed Dial for Chrome Makes Your Start Page Better

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Wonderful Pictures From Hubblesite.org

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Run a SUPERAntiSpyware Scan With No Installation

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How to Delete Blank Lines in Excel

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Get Detailed PC Hardware Information with HWiNFO32

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VirusTotal Uploader Updates to Version 2.0

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Make Ants Crawl All Over Your Desktop with 12-Ants

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Use Revo To Do More Than Just Uninstall A Program

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Bunny Heaven Wascally Wallpaper

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Use Scan.pst To Repair Outlook

Super User Random Super Stuff

Ahh, questions and answers.

360 IT Advice

I’m now listed as one of the “Experts” over at the Microsoft-sponsored 360 IT Advice site, which is pretty cool. The basic idea is that people can ask their IT questions, and get answers from a panel of experts. Even though it’s sponsored by Microsoft, much of the advice covers non-Microsoft topics.

Anyway, here’s a couple topics submitted by my friends, and if you’ve got your own IT challenge, you can submit it to get feedback from the panel.

Note: NetShelter is the company that handles our advertising here at How-To Geek.

Facebook Fan Page

If you’re a big Facebook user, we’ve got our own page on Facebook and you can become a fan.

We also finally hooked up the articles into the feed, so the page will have updates each time we post a new article here. You can discuss topics with other geeks, and do whatever you Facebook people do.

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Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/18/09

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