The soft surface can block the heat exhaust ports.
If the machine gets too hot odd things can happen......slow downs/crashes/other.
Perhaps the easiest way to reduce this number is to review your startup group/list.
Untick the unneeded stuff and reboot.
I think you'll see the processes have dropped.
What's not needed?
Google is your friend.
Alright I have been sick in bed for the past few days. I am using a Dell Latitude e5500. 4gig ram. I don't know if it was overheating and too much useage, or what, but yesterday it was really slow. They I'd reboot and it'd be normal for a bit. I know how to check processes in the task manager, but I don't think anything was eating it up. I have done a little RAM virus research and turns out viruses can live inside your ram until you reboot. This may have been what has been happening. Is there any tests I could preform to find a program that would replant a RAM eating virus in my computer. I've done a full system scan and fixed what I've found with Kaspersky. I may have possible already got it in a .dll or something, but I'm still wondering if you guys have any more advice to check out.
Also, if not, do any of you know of some useless processes I could stop to boost my RAM?
And does "stopping" a process only stop it for that boot up? If so how to do I perm stop one, or reenable one?
I know that is a lot guys, but thanks for the help