On a blank spot on the Task Bar (that bar at the
bottom of your screen) right click to get a popup menu, and left click on Task
Manager. Click on the Processes Tab and then click on the column heading Image
Name to sort the list alphabetically. You should see something like this:
There are a lot of processes (programs) running on your PC, and the number of them is not as important as what they are. Go to answersthatwork.com and click on the Task List icon. There is an alphabetical listing of the processes you may find running on your computer. Look at what you have running in Task Manager, and compare that to the list they provide. The descriptions and explanations are very good, and there may be some processes you do not need to run.
If you have ended the processes, or if the Answers That Work website indicates that you have some nasties installed and running without your knowledge, get SpyBot Search and Destroy and get rid of it (them).