When I open activity monitor I see 355 processes. A lot of them are part of macOS but I obviously don't know every one of them.

How can I verify that the processes running on my Mac are legit (e.g. by comparing to a master list) and/or to which application/functionality they belong?

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    While there are ways to remove processes, I would suggest you leave well alone and consider an anti-virus check. – Solar Mike Feb 21 at 17:06
  • I'll second that. I personally recommend Malware Bytes (no need to purchase the premium version, just run the free scan). If that says your clear then don't worry about it. If it finds stuff, it'll remove it for you. – Ezekiel Elin Feb 21 at 17:28
  • I have 403 and am barely doing anything right now... – dwightk Feb 21 at 19:57
  • I've heavily edited it to make it more likely to gather answers. The question is still rather broad though, let's see whether it works better now. – nohillside Feb 22 at 6:07

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