this is fairly annoying lets see if i can explain it i have discovered that on my laptop, when i close applications, the process continues to run in task manager. for instance, say i close firefox now. then i start it again later on and then close it again. i do this several more times in the next day or so. now i go into task manager and there will be whatever number of instances of it still showing as thou they are running. its not limited to firefox. i see it commonly in outlook, office applications, photoshop... they end when i close them down manually i just dont understand why they do not release automatically. its a huge pain to constantly be shutting them down, esp when you can only close one at a time. im not sure exactly when this started. it could be since SP3 was installed but that is just a guess.