How to Check Background Processes on a Computer

Check the background processes on your computer if you experience slow performance, high CPU usage, high memory usage, or system crashes or freezes. This will help you determine which processes are consuming resources and potentially causing performance issues.

To check background processes on a computer, you can use the following methods:

  1. Using the Task Manager: Open the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and go to the “Processes” tab. This view will show all the processes currently running on your computer, including those in the background. You can sort the processes by name, CPU usage, memory usage, and other parameters to identify which background processes are running and using resources.

  2. Using the Command Prompt: Open the Command Prompt (Start menu > type “cmd” and select it) and type “tasklist” and press Enter. This will show a list of all the processes currently running on your computer, including background processes.

  3. Using a third-party tool: Third-party tools can provide more detailed information about background processes and help you identify which programs and processes are running in the background. Some examples include Process Explorer, Task Manager Deluxe, and Autoruns.

It’s important to check background processes because they can consume resources and cause performance issues. Some background processes may be necessary for the proper functioning of the computer. In contrast, others may be unnecessary and can be safely stopped or disabled. It’s also important to be aware of the running background processes and be cautious of anything that you don’t recognize or seem to be consuming a lot of resources. It’s always a good idea to look for more information about the process before stopping it.


Boost your business efficiency with the power of managed IT services. Discover how technology can work for you. Read more on our blog and learn more about our services today.