Try using Process Explorer. You'll find it provides much more extensive info about each process (including Description and Company columns). You can click any column header to alpha sort. Note that clicking the Process header switches between alpha sort versus displaying process in parent/child relationships. You can right click a process, select Search Online to easily google the process name to learn more about it. Somethings might be simply uninstalled (like your Motorola stuff), other things can be turned off (ctfmon.exe and WindowsSearch), or you can also control startups using the startup tool in CCleaner (Run ccleaner, click Tools->Startup) I like using Autoruns best to control startups but may be a bit more intimidating to use at first. /* EDIT */ p.s. Windows indexing is a nuisance - so a good reason to turn off WindowsSearch. plus fyi.. I like to use SearchMyFiles anyway. I find much easier to use then using Windows search.