Most common malicious processes in task manager

Written by john london
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When a computer slows without any apparent reason for it, the cayse might be a malicious process -- a hidden program that slows down the performance of your computer and at the same time performs harmful operations such as stealing your data or spying your Internet activity. To view processes, press "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Del" simultaneously, click "Task Manager" and then click to select the "Processes" tab. To terminate a process, select it and click "End Process" in the Windows Task Manager.

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