How to Remove Background Programs

By Greyson Ferguson

At all times there are extra programs and applications running in the background on a Windows-based computer. These programs are usually invisible, however if enough of the programs are running, the computer can slow down to a snail's pace. You must remove these background programs to speed the computer system back up. The process only requires a few clicks of your mouse and a minute or two of time.

Step 1

Boot up the computer if necessary, and wait for the operating system to completely load.

Step 2

Hold down "CTRL", "ALT" and "DELETE" at the same time. The Task Manager window loads onto the screen. In the middle of the screen is a list of applications currently running on the computer.

Step 3

Click on one of the background programs you want to remove, and click the "Remove Task" option. In a moment the background program disappears from the list of items running on the computer.

Step 4

Repeat the process with any other background programs you want to stop. Once you have finished, close out the Task Manager.

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