computer programs running in background?

so i'm trying to get internet explorer 8 to run faster. i've got my computer running pretty good, but IE is being a pain. i have an HP dv6000. it's a 32 bit. windows vista. i was down to about 35% free space left on my hard drive, so i went and bought an external 500 gb hard drive and put my music and pictures and other crap on there. and i've defraged. ran disk cleanup, ran a registry check, scanned for issues on disc C, now i'm at about 62% free space. i was hoping all that would help with IE but it hasn't. i don't have any virus software so i dunno if i have one or not, but random music will sometimes play in the background even when there isn't any programs open. so i'm thinking i may have a virus? so now i'm looking at the programs running in the background, i read on someone elses question to use this site to go by for the programs running, but i'm still confused, so i'm looking for someone who can actually tell me "yes - keep it" "no - it's a virus or something unnecessary" "maybe - depends on if you want to or not" "? - i don't know" so here's a list of things running in the background Application Experience Application Information Background Intelligent Transfer Service Base Filtering Engine CNG Key Isolation COM+ Event System Computer Browser Cryptographic Services CyberLink Background Capture Service (CBCS) CyberLink Task Scheduler (CTS) DCOM Server Process Launcher Desktop Window Manager Session Manager DHCP Client Diagnostic Policy Service Diagnostic System Host Distributed Link Tracking Client DNS Client Extensible Authentication Protocol Function Discovery Resource Publication Group Policy Client HP Health Check Service hpqwmiex Human Interface Device Access IKE and AuthIPsec Keying Modules IP Helper IPsec Policy Agent KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator LiveUpdate Notice Service Ex Multimedia class Scheduler Network Connections Network List Service Network Location Awareness Network Store Interface Service NVIDIA Display Driver Service PIXMA Exteded Survey Program Plug and Play Portable Device Enumerator Service Print Spooler Program Compatibility Assisstant Service ProtexisLicensing ReadyBoost Remote Acess Connection Manager Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Secondary Logan Security Accounts Manager Security Center Server Shell Hardware Detection Software Licensing SSDP Discovery Superfetch Symantec AppCore Service Symantec Event Manager Symantec Lic NetConnect service Symantec Settings Manager System Event Notification Service Tablet PC Input Service Task Scheduler TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Telephony Terminal Services Themes UPnP Device Host User Profile Service Viewpoint Manager Service WebClient Windows Audio Windows Audio Endpoint Builder Windows Defender Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework Windows Error Reporting Service Windows Event Log Windows Firewall Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Windows Management Instrumentation Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Windows Mobile 2003-based device connectivity Windows Mobile-based device connectivity Windows Search Windows Time Windows Update WLAN AutoConfig Workstation does anyone have any idea how to get the random music to stop playing? and any recommendations for free virus software? thanks! the music is like a radio playing. sometimes it'll be a commerical, sometimes it'll be just music and sometimes it'll be like radio dj's talking. i haven't downloaded anything yet except avg, it detected quite a few things including a trojan horse. and i contacted hp and they suggested reseting IE so i've done that. it helped a very very small amount. i'm thinking of testing out firefox

Asked By: butterflykisses5487 - 10/18/2009
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1. Everything you have looks legit, but if you have a virus, it wouldn't show up in that list, more than likely... More
Answered By: Joe Black - 10/18/2009
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wow. when i work on a pc that slows down i wouldn't spend that much time just trying to make it run fast. you're a pro... More
Answered By: snow_skimmer - 10/18/2009
Hell yeah u prob have a virus sorry don't know how to get the music to stop playing but for virsus Avast Home Edition is free at (side notes ) I would personally just wipe my hard drive and reinstall the operating system(vista) and go on from there also IE is a load of junk use Firefox instead.
Answered By: Mike - 10/18/2009
If there was an award for best-documented Question, yours would win. And Joe Black's answer above should get best answer. But, I'll add... More
Answered By: Tim R Seattle - 10/18/2009
You've got the clue in your first paragraph: IE8 on Vista is like water and oil. Suggest moving up to Win 7, and a lot of Vista issues self-resolve.
Answered By: Dunbar Pappy - 10/19/2009
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