Decoding Cryptic Windows Processes

Chances are good that you've had to resort to rebooting a Windows computer from time to time. In the old days, this was easy—just press Control-ALT-Delete. These days, that key combination calls up a window with lots of info and options beyond a simple hard reboot. Problem is, unless you're fluent in geekspeak, it's virtually impossible to know what's going on with the dozens of "processes" running on your computer. What the bleep is scvhost.exe, anyway?

Today's SearchDay article, What the lsass.exe? Searching for Windows Processes, reviews several searchable resources dedicated to providing information about Windows processes, including valuable tips about the nasty varieties such as viruses, Trojans and spyware.