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Performance problem from periodic high CPU usage, please help

Q: Performance problem from periodic high CPU usage, please help

I've just started having a problem where my computer becomes periodically unusable for chunks of time, like 30-60 minutes.
Everything is going along well and then it slows down to a crawl.
In the task manager, under performance, I see a crazy amount of activity, sometimes pegged at 100%, sometimes less. But even when it shows the cores around 50-70%, I can't even right an email without significant lag.

It's a Dell, Windows 7 x64. i7 processor, 16gb of RAM.
The thing is, when I look at the applications running, none of them account for all the activity.
When I look at processes that doesn't add up to all the activity I'm experiencing either.
I got something called Process Explorer which gives a more thorough list but that doesn't show very high activity either for any process.

I ran several virus scans while the computer was booted into safe mode with networking. One of them caught some stuff, but subsequent searches came up clean.

I ran a tool to clean up the registry.

I can't figure out what is causing the problem and I don't know what to try now. It's weird because after a while the activity will just stop and I can use my computer again. And then just as mysteriously the problem will start up again.
Thanks for any help.

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A: Performance problem from periodic high CPU usage, please help

Sounds like you got background programs running try control alt delete check and checking task manager to see what processes are sucking up CPU and you could try config.sys check your startup services are running.

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Hello all,

Every now and then my laptop will lock up with high cpu usage or just slow to a crawl. I want to use a program to capture when this happens. For example:

I want to set up a program to generate a log or alert when a process reaches say 85% usage of the CPU for like 3 seconds or more. Even if it cant do duration, just having it generate a log whenever a process gets that high will be enough.

Anyone know of a program that could do this? I thought maybe Process Monitor or Perfmon could do this but I couldnt find a way, doesnt mean anything though.


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I would like to have some assistance. I am not sure what specs to post or how to post them, so if someone could walk me through them, I would appreciate the help.
Deleted unrequested data - Hamluis.

A:My CPU Usage is high and I am having performance issues

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
Once you do that, I will delete the "report" that you initially posted since I don't think it's very useful.


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I sincerely hope someone can help. I do not consider myself really computer illiterate, but this is where my understanding ends and I would truly value all help offered.

I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro M70 of 2 yrs old and I am a definite advocate for Toshiba. However, my operating system is slow. Average day usage with Internet Explorer and Office 2007 is a painstaking process that takes too long. I have had conflicts with Trend Micro Internet Security 2008, which works perfectly.

But starting up the computer takes ages. CPU usage is usually high and System Idle Processes as well. I have reinstalled Windows XP from the Toshiba Boot DVD already 4 times with starting fresh and installing everything time and time again. Each time after getting everything up to speed again, the performance is disappointing.

I have extended RAM to 1,49 GB which made little difference from the original 1/3 of RAM. It seems that something is slowing down the computer, but this is not visable in the processes; other than quite a few svhost.exe processes that take little processing capacity nor CPU usage.

I have used Windows Gold Certified Uniblue Power Suite with a good registry cleaner. This helps a bit, but after a couple of days it seems to get only worse. I have an Intel Pentium M 1.73 GHz processor. Research online reveals that Trend Micro IS 2008 is quite good and demanding little capacity in comparison to competing security packages.

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A:Re: Satellite Pro M70 - High CPU Usage - Low Performance


I doubt this could be a hardware issue? I mean a CPU usage could goes up if a certain service or applications would run in the OS background.

Usually the Antivirus applications are one kind of software which could cause such issue? I had a Norton System works installed on my notebook and this software needed a lot of hardware resources which slowed down the notebook?
Furthermore some Toshiba applications which are installed and running in the background could affect the performance. But such applications are needed in order to use all notebook features?

However, in msconfig you could disable it.
Start msconfig -> startup tab and disable some processes which are not necessary for you.

Furthermore you could use the CCleaner to clean the OS and the registry?

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i have a problem but i bought a new Dell laptop with the following specifications
Dell inspiron 15R
core i7 3.1GHz Turbo, 6MB cache
Geforce Gt525 1GB Graphics

now the problem is that when the system is ideal it takes around 2.5 GB RAM usage
even there is no running applications
also i noticed that it's performance not that much.

is it normal?

A:Windows 7 high RAM usage and low performance

I think it's OK. For Win7 Ult it's normal to use about 25-30% of the RAM in idle. And it's about that percentage no matter how much RAM do You have installed .

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I've seen this problem mentioned several times here an on the web but haven't seen a satisfactory PERMANENT resolution.

I could sit for moments on end watching the hourglass rotate between applications.
10 svchost listings and several spools to boot. Not sure what all of that means but by my investigating I can tell it's excessive.

Below is my Hijack This log and thanks in advance.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:41:30 AM, on 1/15/2012
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\SanDisk\Sansa Updater\SansaDispatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.att.net/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Link... Read more

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Hi everyone,

I have some problems with my relatively new dell laptop (4 months old, and the problems are present for like 3 months), which include: Very high RAM usage: 80% when only Microsoft Edge is turned on.
Very high Disc usage: 100% almost at all times
Low performance in games (the laptop meets the req. for a game, still cant handle it; low fps, stuttering, freezing.
Can't handle videos sometimes: the sound works but video is frozen, or video Works and sound freezes.
Sometimes VERY S L O W: sometimes when i open an app, it turns on after a minute; when i type, the letters appear after a while.

I have already reset it to factory settings and wiped the HDD, didn't help. I have a lot of free space on HDD, no dust in the laptop, no physical damage, no viruses, no (useless) background proceses.

I have already had a call with a dell technician (he did some changes and driver updates), also didn't help.

Do you think a RAM upgrade would solve this? Or do i have to take it to service? Or anything else? Please help.

Thanks for answer in advance. (and sorry for my weak english)

Dell Inspiron 5558
Windows 10 64-bit
Nvidia GeForce 920M
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-5005U CPU @ 2.00GHz
has a webcam

A:High RAM and disc usage, low performance

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Lately desktop has become more sluggish and received warning in Event Viewer about high CPU usage. OS is Win 7 sp-1. Here is Mini-Toolbox:
MiniToolBox by Farbar Version: 13-07-2013
Ran by Owner (administrator) on 04-04-2015 at 11:40:00
Running from "C:\Users\Owner\Downloads"
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (X64)
Boot Mode: Normal
========================= Event log errors: ===============================
Application errors:
Error: (04/04/2015 09:07:41 AM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application name: PSIA.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x54784a82
Faulting module name: PSIA.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x54784a82
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0004c19c
Faulting process id: 0xa00
Faulting application start time: 0xPSIA.exe0
Faulting application path: PSIA.exe1
Faulting module path: PSIA.exe2
Report Id: PSIA.exe3
Error: (04/03/2015 08:34:07 AM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application name: PSIA.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x54784a82
Faulting module name: PSIA.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x54784a82
Exception code: 0x40000015
Fault offset: 0x00093534
Faulting process id: 0x864
Faulting application start time: 0xPSIA.exe0
Faulting application path: PSIA.exe1
Faulting module path: PSIA.exe2
Report Id: PSIA.exe3
Error: (04/02/2015 08:42:05 AM) (Source: Applicatio... Read more

A:Sluggish performance and high CPU usage

I would uninstall/reinstall the Secunia application.

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I have purchased a gaming laptop in august of last year and it has been about 11 months since I've got it. For the first 8 months everything was amazing, i was getting high fps and good performance on all my games. Then about 3 months ago, the performance
went dramatically downhill. I wasnt sure as to why this happened so i restored my whole laptop but to no effect.
Any ideas? Anything helps,
Thank you.

Name: Asus GL503GE-RS71 ROG Strix Scar Edition 15.6" Gaming Laptop
CPU: i7-8750H
GPU: GTX 1050 Ti
RAM: 16 GB (Initially 8, I upgraded to 16 about 2 months into buying the PC.)
Memory 1: 500 GB 3.5" SSD
Memory 2: 250 GB M.2 SSD

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I'm posting here because we are talking about performance and resource monitor.

As I have noticed before, my machine last night started being quite audible, sounding really busy. When I looked in task manager and performance and resource monitor I noticed that my cpu usage was running between 55% to 70% without Firefox or IE8 being loaded. This may be normal, yet my question is why could I not see that usage in either monitors? Something under system (kernel......?) was showing the biggest usage of about 20% but the rest of the list showed either 0% or perhaps a few kept fluctuating between 1% to 2% but there was nothing I could see that added up to what I was being told the usage was. My memory usage at that time was about 23% to 25%, disk usage 1%. So, what kept my machine so busy? This morning all is back to normal cpu around 3%, memory about 33%.

A:High CPU usage in Performance and Resource Monitor?

I would first check to see what programs are scheduled to perform scans around that time. Depending on the settings (daily, weekly, etc) it may take a while for it to recur.

When you open up Task Manager, go to the Processes tab.
Make sure that you click on the button in the lower left that says "Show processes from all users:
Then click on the View menu item, then on the Select columns menu item.
Place checkmarks in the I/O Reads and I/O Other boxes and click OK to exit the dialog.
Then expand the Task Manager window so that you can read the columns (you can double click on a column header to sort by that column).

Then wait for it to happen again - and check for the highest numbers in each of the columns. Let us know what you find and we can work from there.

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So I got this message yesterday.... only got it once.  Then my computer auto rebooted twice.  Then this morning, every time my computer booted up, it auto rebooted several times.  After about the 5th time, it finally stayed on so I could use it.  Then I got an email from Comcast saying that I very well could have a BOT.  So I have no idea if these are all related or what.  I have Norton antivirus on my computer, so I am assuming that is not working well or something.  Please steer me in the right direction.
EDIT:moved from Windows 7 to Am I Infected ~~ boopme

A:winrscmde - High CPU usage performance alert

Please download TDSSKiller from here and save it to your DesktopDoubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then click on Change parameters

Check Loaded Modules  and Detect TDLFS file system.  Do not check Verify file digital signatures (even though it is checked in the example)If you are asked to reboot because an "Extended Monitoring Driver is required" please click Reboot now

Click Start Scan and allow the scan process to run

If threats are detected select Skip for all of them unless I instruct you otherwiseClick Continue

Click Reboot computerPlease post the contents of  TDSSKiller.[Version]_[Date]_[Time]_log.txt found in your root directory (typically c:\)in your reply===================================================aswMBR--------------------Download aswMBR and save it to your desktop.
Please disable your real time protection of any Antivirus, Antispyware or Antimalware programs temporarily. They will interfere and may cause unexpected results.If you need help to disable your protection programs see hereDouble click the aswMBR.exe file to run it. Please allow when you are asked to download AVAST antivirus engine defs.Wait until the AV update is done, then click on the Scan button to start. The program will launch a scan.

When done, you will see Scan finished successfully. Please click on Save log and save the file to your desktop.

Please post the contents of the log in your next reply.NOTE:  aswMBR will create MBR.dat fil... Read more

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After installing a new evga gtx460 and Thermaltake 600w ps i am experiencing big time system slowdown and high CPU usage. The problem could be conflicts, hardware or software, or just simply a system bottleneck, but one thing is for sure, when my system had my old 9800GT installed I experienced none of these slowdown issues. Lookit all them sound tabs.... mebbe thats it? Help please, let me know what other info is needed.

System Information
Time of this report: 10/15/2010, 12:11:22
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100608-0458)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: FX7026
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
Memory: 4026MB RAM
Page File: 2252MB used, 6002MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
Sound Tab 4: No problems found.
Sound Tab 5: No problems found.
Sound Tab 6: No problems found.
Sound Tab 7: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
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A:High CPU usage, overall slow performance after hardware upgrade

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Evening Folks,

I just recently installed Windows 10 on my Dell Inspiron Laptop and so far I am not impressed at all - in fact, I am very seriously debating one of two actions - re-install Windows 7 or switching to an entirely different OS.

The reason for reverting to Windows 7/switching OS are as follows:
1) Currently with an idle system (i.e. no applications running at all), an svchost process is using anywhere from 40 to 60% of my cpu. When I did a tasklist on this process the following processes are attached to this one pid: Appinfo, BITS, Browser, DsmSVC, IKEEXT, iphlpsvc, LanmanServer, lfsvc, ProfSvc, Schedule, SENS, ShellHWDetction, Themes, UserMananger, Winmgmt, wuauserv. My question is this - is it necessary for these processes to be run. If they are, then am I looking at only being able to use 50% of my processor (since this one pid is using the rest of it)?

2) For a virus scanner - I am using McAffee and under Windows 7, it took my laptop 24 hours to scan 231 GB of data. Since I switched to Windows 10 (Same hardware, same memory, etc) it now takes my virus scanner over 48 hours to scan 231 GB of data.

3) If I had not been poking around and trying to change my update settings, I would never have found out that Microsoft expects their users to update the windows of the other users (Microsoft calls it Dynamic Updates). Now this is all well and good if some one had said something since I would have loved to know about it sooner since I am on a metered ... Read more

A:Poor Performance from Windows 10 - High CPU usage from SVCHOST

Something is not right with your installation. For comparison, with my idle system Task Manager shows 0% CPU use and 0% disk use for most of the time. Over a period of 1-2 mins it will jump to 50% for a few seconds on a number of occasions as it completes some task or other but then drops down again.

How did you install W10? Was it an upgrade via the Windows Update service or via an installation disk? Was it a clean install or did you choose to keep all your files and programs. I'm guessing it was the windows update route which has proved to be troublesome for some users.

As you are already thinking of a re-installation I would suggest you first try a clean install of W10. If you get it working correctly on your system it will be worth it.

Make sure you get the correct version/edition of W10 as an ISO download from the MS Tech Bench (this will make sure you get the latest build and avoid further updates) to match your original W7 version and proceed to install, skipping any activation steps as this will happen automatically once you are finished.

There are tutorials and many threads that run through this process for you on this site.

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Seems I've gotten a bug over the past few weeks. I typically run AvastFree but seeing AvastSvc was consuming a lot of CPU resource, I uninstalled (using the Avast uninstaller through Safe Mode) prior to running FRST and posting this topic. In normal operation, CPU usage typically runs in the %-12%, sometimes 15% range during normal day to day usage. Now it's consistently in the 70%-90%, sometimes 100% range, when doing the same activities.
One other thing I've noted is I can't get into "Add/Remove Programs". A window opens when I click th elink out of COntrol Panel, but it never populates - although in the past it has always been slow to populate (30 secs to 1 minute), I've let it sit 5 minutes now without success. In the past, it would always populate while I was doing other things. It won't now.
As always, Thanks in advance!
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 19-01-2015
Ran by Markie (administrator) on MARKDELL on 23-01-2015 12:23:08
Running from C:\Documents and Settings\Markie\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: Markie (Available profiles: Markie & ASPNET & Administrator)
Platform: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (X86) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 8 (Default browser: FF)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
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A:XP Pro SP3 - high usage in Task Manager, sluggish performance

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Using the Add/Remove Programs applet remove these programs in bold.File Opener Packages (HKU\S-1-5-21-1220945662-1532298954-1417001333-1003\...\File Opener Packages) (Version: - ) <==== ATTENTIONFoxtab (HKLM\...\foxtab) (Version: - FoxTab) <==== ATTENTION!===Open notepad (Start =>All Programs => Accessories => Notepad). Please copy the entire contents of the code box below. 


ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers: [00avast] -> {472083B0-C522-11CF-8763-00608CC02F24} => No File
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION
HKU\S-1-5-21-1220945662-1532298954-1417001333-1003\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION
ProxyEnable: [.DEFAULT] => Internet Explorer proxy is enabled.
ProxyServer: [.DEFAULT] => http=;https=;
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = https://www.yahoo.com?fr=hp-avast&type=avastbcl
HKU\S-1-5-21-1220945662-1532298954-1417001333-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?type=avastbcl&hspart=avast&hsimp=yhs-001&p={searchTerms}
HKU\S-1-5-21-1220945662-1532298954-1417... Read more

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I have got this error after i got a brand new computer ( everything but the hard drive that i re-formatted ). My computer would halt to a freeze for no reason, all the fixes i tried had no avail, so i replaced my hard drive and now my computer is 100% sexy and working,, Maybe you should do the same?

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I think this is a sata issue or a BIOS setting or perhaps just a Windows 8 bug...

Basically this happens:

I recently installed Windows 8 and finally some free time to get Steam installed. Installed Steam and am copying over my Steam directory (Disk 2, K) from my Win 7 to where I installed Steam this time (Disk 0, C). This is the same physical computer as I had Win 7 on prior.

What has changed since Win 7 is I thought since I was doing a fresh install, I would turn on AHCI in the BIOS and do it proper rather than IDE emulation or whatever it is called. But now crap like this happens. I googled a bit a week or 2 ago trying to figure it out and basically all that I could gather is either a hard drive is dying or it is an NCQ problem. Hard drive is not dying, I've ran plenty of diagnostics on it, and plus, it has less than 200 powered on hours at this point.

Now I turned off NCQ on ALL my drives just to see if the problem went away. It didn't, but I think it may have improved a little.

Device manager doesn't show any yellow "!" for anything.

Obviously this is completely unacceptable. Ideas on what to change to make it behave normally? Hopefully I'm missing something obvious, I've never used AHCI on a system before, mostly because when I had a system capable of it I was on XP and didn't want to load 3rd party drivers. Then for Vista and 7 I simply forgot before installing to switch it in the BIOS. I remembered this time for 8, ... Read more

A:Unacceptably high disk usage/performance lag Windows 8

I was gonna give you an updated AHCI driver from Intel but noticed you are running Core 2 Duos, so it probably wont be compatible. I am confused, does this occur in Win 7?

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This is Devendra from India. Recently I purchased Dell 15 3567 (i7,8GBRAM). After purchasing I notice that it performance it not good and in Task Manager the Disk usage is always high. I contact lots of time to different-different Dell Agents. Each time they try some solutions like Resetting PC setting, Refreshing OS image, by disabling background services, Replace Hard Drive but unfortunately the actual issue has not been detected and fixed yet. I've requested to them to send Dell engineer to my place to check the system, so exact issue can detect. But they can't help. It has been since a long time that I'm requesting. Can anyone please help me. My details are given below.

A:Inspiron 15-3567, Performance Issue, high disk usage

It's just about impossible to quantify the "performance it not good" element.  Relative to what?
It is very possible the CPU is simply outstripping the ability of the hard drive to keep up - in a system with a conventional, spinning hard drive, that will be the slowest element -- and this is a very low-end system.   It may well be you're running applications the system just isn't capable of running well.
A Dell engineer can only run the same diagnostics you can -- if your system shows no faults, you may want to consider either upgrading it to a solid state drive, or if it's new enough, upgrading to a more capable system than this low-end model provides.

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Fairly recently, my computer began having performance problems after about half hour of usage and only running a few programs (Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Word, for example). My CPU Usage/Physical Memory both shoot up above 90%. I have uninstalled unnecessary programs, disabled many programs on start-up, and have run virus scans using different scanners, but nothing I've tried has helped. Can somebody please diagnose whether I have a virus?

I am running Windows 7 on a Samsung 900X (Intel Core i5-2467M CPU @ 1.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 64-bit OS).

Thank you very much in advance.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 3:18:22 PM, on 11/6/2012
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16450)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Samsung\Easy Display Manager\SmartSetting.exe
C:\Users\Richard Sapien\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\ONENOTEM.EXE
C:\Users\Richard Sapien\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Richard Sapien\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Richard Sapien\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Richard Sapien\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Samsung\Easy Display Manager\dmhkcore.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Samsung\Easy Display Manager\EasySpeedUpManager.exe
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A:Performance issues (sudden high CPU Usage/Physical Memory)

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After I returned from Holidays...I noticed that when I perform tasks that use considerable amount of CPU, the computer 'lags' and the sound seems to freeze. Each cycle being 1 sec long. It will continue to do so until I leave the computer and close CPU-consuming applications such as games, Media Players etc...It usually happens when I play games and watch movies though...

I initially thought that it was a virus so I scanned etc, then I thought it might be due to the CPU overheating, so I opened my machine and checked the CPU paste. It was fine no problems there. Then I checked the processes, nothing and finally arrived at System Resources where I saw that 'System Interrupts' was eating around 30 - 50% of my CPU. I have searched google and haven't come to a solution for this. I have updated my chipset drivers, graphic card drivers, sound drivers, Network card drivers, Motherboard etc. There is no effect whatsoever. It's really frustrating me as I can't even listen to music sometimes...I had used up all of my USB ports, so I tried taking some out, but there was no result...

When I restart it kind of calms down, but then it comes again. Even when I type in my password to enter Windows, the welcome sound freezes momentarily again. I have recently bought this system (custom built myself) so I'm really frustrated and cant think of a reason why this happens so suddenly

Any help will be greatly appreciated

A:Laggy performance during high usage - caused by System Interrupts

Welcome to SF, msjamalan!

If it's a virus or malware problem, please reboot into safe mode and run your scans. Malwarebytes should be your malware scanner.

If you have a lot of applications open at one time, you may want to bump up your memory.

You can also run msconfig and see if you can uncheck startup items. Be careful with this one.

Still, I wonder why this change has occurred after you have returned from vacation. Can you think of anything different before and after holidays?

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After a format, I began having this problem, and the size of my windows 7 folder is 26 gb, somehow. I think it is slowly increasing in size.
FRST log:
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version:24-02-2016
Ran by Lenovo (administrator) on LENOVO-PC (26-02-2016 07:20:00)
Running from C:\Users\Lenovo\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Lenovo (Available Profiles: Lenovo)
Platform: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: FF)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(Intel Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\igfxCUIService.exe
(Symantec Corporation) C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Security\Engine\\ns.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v3.0\WPF\PresentationFontCache.exe
(Symantec Corporation) C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Security\Engine\\ns.exe
(Skype Technologies S.A.) C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
(Gadwin Systems) C:\Program Files\Gadwin\Gadwin PrintScreen\PrintScreen64.exe
(Intel Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\igfxEM.exe
(Intel Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\igfxHK.exe
() C:\Windows\System32\igfxTray.exe
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A:High Physical Memory and Jumping Cpu usage under performance tab in task manager

Hi belthagor My name is Aura and I'll be assisting you with your issue. Please give me a few hours to review your logs and prepare a reply.Thank you!

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At times I can hear my hard drive spinning as though I'm accessing a large file even though I'm not using the computer. Not sure if I have a virus or some trojan horse sw on the machine although I do check it with updated virus lists from Symantec and I do have their Internet Security Sw installed. I DL'd HiJackThis and ran it. Could someone check it out and let me know if there's any thing that looks malicious.

Thanks for the help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.95.1
Scan saved at 7:40:23 PM, on 7/23/2003
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPxySvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\EPSON\EBAPI\SAgent2.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
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A:Periodic Odd Performance

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computer slow after being redirected to site-- "homesoftsaver9.com" did some research and im sure thats where my problems came from.

heres my hijackthis log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 11:08:34 PM, on 8/30/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
D:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
D:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
D:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
D:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
D:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
D:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgnsx.exe
D:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\McSACore.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Motive\McciCMService.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
D:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe
D:\Program Files\McAfee\MPF\MPFSrv.exe
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A:high CPU usage and high page file usage, computer slow

bump. very slow start up. page file usage up to 768MB when its usually under 100MB and various processes running that i don't recognize. any one?

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Hello everyone, I've been having a very weird problem recently, in which I BELIEVE is involving high physical memory usage. Sometimes I will be doing things such as playing a game, or watching a stream, and my computer will run fine for a little while. But at random times, my computer will majorly slow down and sometimes even crash. If it doesn't crash, sometimes it will get so slow to the point where I have to hold down the power button and manually shut it down. Every time my computer slows down I notice it is using a TON of physical memory. It's actually happening right now. My computer is going very slow and it's using 6.22 GB memory out of 8. There are no big programs running right now, so I don't understand why it's being slow. I hope someone is able to help. Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Update: I just tried to open chrome, and the computer froze completely. It would not unfreeze. After leaving it frozen for a minute or two, the screen went black. This is becoming very frustrating.

A:Very high physical memory usage, no high usage programs running

Post a screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab when the problem occurs.

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As the title implies, my HP Pavilion dv6 running Windows 7 HomePremium 64bit goes >80% CPU usage at that option. While when I changed it to "HP Recommended" option it goes normal again.

It's not like I have a problem with the "HP Recommended" settings, but it's just wierd: just changing the screen brightness and no-sleep setting could make CPU Usage >80%?

Anyone knows why did this happen? I just got my HDD changed by warranty 1 week ago so the windows is still fresh + added MalwareBytes.

A:>80% CPU usage at "High Performance" power option

I think it's a thing to do with Intel CPUs. AMD have a technology called 'Cool & Quiet' and it means that when there's no demand for a high clock, the frequency will automatically go down. I think enabling 'High Performance' mode in the battery options since they clock cannot go anywhere, the usage will increase.
It's only from personal experience that it seems to be Intel, I've never heard of this problem from AMD CPU users. I think it's just OK to leave the power mode to 'Balanced'. This way, it won't waste power.

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Greetings and thanks in advance!

My wife's computer has been having frequent BSOD issues and extremely slow performance from the computer. Not sure if it is a virus issue or simply too many junk programs on the system. I've run the requested program and have uploaded the attachments. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to create the report from perfmon. I attempted to run it using the run command field, but no luck. Running Vista, so maybe there is a different process. I can access the Performance Monitor program, but that's about it.

Thanks in advance for the help, even if it boils down to having too much junk software on the system. :)

Other requested details:

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (SP2)
OS Bit: 32
Original OS: As above
OEM or Retail: OEM
Age of System: 4 years
Age of OS: Original

CPU: Intel Core 2 CPU [email protected]
Video Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset
Motherboard/BIOS: Quanta 30BB 66.42, HP F.2D 11/26/2008
Power Supply: Branded as an HP, 65W Output

System Manufacturer: HP
Exact Model Number: Pavillion dv6000 (RV220UA#ABA)

A:Periodic BSOD Issues/Very slow performance


You might start out with a few hardware tests.

For hard drive: SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

For RAM: RAM - Test with Memtest86+ - Windows 7 Forums

For RAM and CPU, run all three Prime95 tests for 2 hours each: CPU - Stress Test with Prime95 - Windows 7 Forums

Open a command prompt (enter "cmd") and run:
chkdsk /r
Report back with the results. When done the tests, run driver verifier: http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ed-473665.html

When you get BSODs from Driver Verifier, create and upload a new jcgriff2 report.

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PC - Dell Inspiron 1520, 2GB RAM, Intel Core2 Duo T7250 @ 2GHz 2GHz

OS - Vista Home Premium

AV - Avast (Kept up to date)

Weekly Spybot-Serach&Destroy Scans (only reports occassional tracking cookies)

If it matters, I have Office 2007 Ultimate (kept updated); .NET Framework 3.5 SP1; and Media Player 11

I get frequent but irregular slow downs in performance. Excel taking literally minutes to start, but only at times. Even with only a web-browser running (I use IE7 & Firefox) CPU usage will max out for several minutes at a time. I did use IE8 for a while but it is no longer installed.

I've played with this as I've noticed a single tab in Firefox on pages with no obvious flash, scripting, videos, etc. will at times take 117,000k on the Processes column of the Task Manager. Same with IE7.

What perplexes me is that this max CPU and slow down occurs at times without a noticeable increase in browser resource usage.

I do have, at this time, 18 instances of svchost.exe running. I have never attempted to change default settings on what services are running as that is beyond my skill level.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated,

A:Periodic Max CPU Usage - Vista

Welcome to BC---------------------------Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.Click the Empty Selected button.If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select AllClick the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select AllClick the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".ThenThe process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be ask... Read more

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I've been having problems lately with my games framerate dropping periodically, about every 2 minutes for 10 seconds each time. Viewing MSI afterburner shows that when I have this lag, CPU1 Temperature, GPU usage %, and FB usage % all dip down.

I have windows 10 home 64-bit, AMD FX-6300 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 8GB RAM.

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Hi there,
I'm running windows 10 - 64-bit. I use FF as my browser, but share my computer with my kids who run explorer and chrome. I'm a pretty paranoid user, but my kids are a little click happy -- which I think has something to do with my performance issues.  I've run all my scans (malwarebytes, adwcleaner, tried to run jrt but it got hung at the "browswer" prompt), and come up virus free, but I'm pretty sure I've still got a problem.  In addition to poor general sluggishness, my computer periodically beeps -- that long, loud, oh-NO kind of beep that sometimes accompanies the blue screen of death. So...here I am.  And here are my logs.  I love the idea of a fixlist that will fix all of my problems!!
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 26-12-2017
Ran by denise (administrator) on DENISE (30-12-2017 10:31:11)
Running from C:\Users\denise\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: denise (Available Profiles: denise)
Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1709 16299.125 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: FF)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(Intel Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\igfxCUIService.exe
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A:Generally slow performance and strange periodic beeps

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Remove this program in bold via the Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.Duplicate Cleaner Free 3.2.6 (HKLM-x32\...\Duplicate Cleaner Free) (Version: 3.2.6 - DigitalVolcano Software Ltd) <==== ATTENTION===Press the Windows key + r on your keyboard at the same time. This will open the RUN BOX.Type Notepad and and click the OK key.Please copy the entire contents of the code box below to a new file. 


HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender: Restriction <==== ATTENTION
BHO: No Name -> {B4F3A835-0E21-4959-BA22-42B3008E02FF} -> No File
FF HKLM-x32\...\Firefox\Extensions: [{94285e43-a27b-4f51-b280-00763ae7cd81}] - C:\Users\denise\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\{94285e43-a27b-4f51-b280-00763ae7cd81}.xpi => not found
CHR NewTab: Default -> Not-active:"chrome-extension://bhloflhklmhfpedakmangadcdofhnnoh/index.html"
CHR Extension: (Emoji Keyboard (2016) by EmojiOne) - C:\Users\denise\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ipdjnhgkpapgippgcgkfcbpdpcgifncb [2017-12-16]
S3 intaud_WaveExtensible; \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\intelaud.sys [X]

ContextMenuHandlers5: [igfxcui] -> {3AB1675A-CCFF-11D2-8B20-00A0C93CB1F4} => -&g... Read more

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Hi, my first post....first, I'm looking for a place appropriate for this, so if this is not it, please pardon me. Any pointers to an online forum for HPC would be more appreciated.
I have a Dell Tower with 64 gigs of ram, 12 processors, a 250gb SST, and 2 2tb hard drives in RAID 0.
I run matlab, to analyze EEG (brainwave) data sets, about 4gb each. When I run an independent component analysis (ICA), all the cores are engaged, and the ram is about half full, taking about a day to complete. That is for one subject. I also do other analyses which are not multi-threaded, so don't use all 12 processors, but operate on 15 4gb datasets (all 15 subjects in an experiment) at once. The toolbox I use is designed to pull data from the hard drive as needed for this, since few machines will have RAM for 15 4gb datasets. Also, as any of these analyses are done, equally large output files are created.
I have windows 7 and Matlab installed on the SST. I am thinking of reconfiguring the system with Windows 7 and Matlab on the RAID to leave the SST free for the EEG data. My thinking is that the ICA and the 15-subject analyses involve a lot of back and forth between the drive and the CPUs, and to optimize performance here, I need to move the OS and applications off of the SST. At the moment it's pretty full with the OS and applications, leaving not much room for the SST to be used in analyses. I hope having the data on the SST will cause the SST to be the main place wher... Read more

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Hi, while watching the performance tab in the task manager I noticed I have periodic cpu usage spikes,


So I closed almost everything I could from the taskmanager and monitored the load % using RealTempGT. These are the only processes I have open,

Image Name..........................................User Name

mcagent.exe......................................... Chris
taskmgr.exe........................................... Chris

And this was my load % over a few minutes of idle'ing,


The weirdest part is the spikes are very predictable, they happen at


That is 64-67 seconds between every spike. The spikes only last a couple seconds so they aren't always noticeable. This can't be normal can it? Any idea what would cause it? It's not noticeable for basic computer use, but I think it results in fps drops while gaming.

Some Laptop info:

Dell XPS 1645
6gb ram
ATI 4670


A:Solved: Periodic CPU Usage Spikes

Update: I installed the windows update, "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (KB2285068)" and the spiking has been greatly reduced.

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Good day. Every now and then my hard drive disk usage in Resource Monitor goes 100% for a few seconds(sometimes a minute or two). Then it comes back and everything runs fine.
The CPU and memory use are both low. According to Hard Disk Sentinel my disk health is at 53%, and the temperatures are fine. I thought that it might be file indexing so disabled that and it still happens.

I attached a JPEG of a time when it happened. As you can see it is only one file(the currently playing avi file) that is causing the huge reading. This also happens while gaming or playing music.

I really hope this is a minor issue. Thanks for your time!

A:Periodic disk read usage spiking

I should probably add why this is a problem:
When this happens the files playing get very 'stuttery.' As in plays a bit, stops, plays a bit and so on. Games will also stop for a while and suddenly come back and stop and go.

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I have a high amount of CPU usage at like around 10-20% although it says System Idle Process is taking up 99% most of the time. Anyone know why the CPU usage is high although none of the programs are taking up any of it? and also does anyone know how to fix it? thanks in advance for your reply.

A:High CPU Usage Problem.

System Idle Process is taking up 99% is the same on mine but under performance in the task Manager is only 2% -3%

I would say you have a program running in the background

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Well I haven't changed anything about my computer in about a month, but today my CPU and ram are being strained a lot more than they have before. I checked processes and nothings new. XFire, Sidebar... all the same, no major resources. My CPU Usage is usually about 3% and ram at about 20%. today my CPU is 30-40% and my ram up to 50%! its never been that high with windows 7. I'm running Norton antivirus 2010 and its the same one Ive had during my entire time with win 7. I do not have any programs running in the taskbar, its like its just idling high. my specs are listed but here:

Quad core processor
8 GB ram
Norton AV 2010
Win 7 Ult x64

A:need help NEW problem high CPU usage

have the processes list cover the whole window and click on "average cpu" to see which process is using the most cycles.

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Hey all,

After upgrading from Vista and using W7 for a few hours on my laptop I decided to go look at the cpu usage and noticed that it was and stayed well over 40%.

I remember from using Vista that it rarely went over 20-25% even when I had a number of apps open.

I was just wondering if there is something running in the background that I am not aware of and that I don't need as surely the cpu usage shouldn't be that high??

I've only got avg running ontop of the standard items running in the back ground, and I've been through the tutorial to see if I could shut anything off, but it's not made a difference to the cpu usage.

Just concerned about my laptop over heating tis all, the fan hasn't stopped spinning since I first started using W7.

I've attached a Screen Capture for your viewing pleasure, incase it helps!

Your thoughts would be appreciated folks.



A:High CPU Usage - Problem??

Well, not sure what is causing the high usage as yet, but on first boot up this evening the CPU usage is only about 3%, so I guess I'll just keep an eye on it.

I'll have the laptop on for a couple of hours atleast this evening, so I'll see if the CPU usage goes up during that time.


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Reinstalled Windows on my new SSD(MX300 525GB) about a week and a half ago. I hadn't used my task manager until about 3 days ago, but I noticed my ram usage is unusually high. Before upgrading from my HDD to this SSD and HDD combo I didn't have this problem. Any help is appreciated. You can add Kaspersky Internet Security to the start up list btw.

Comp Specs

OS: Windows 10
CPU: i5-6600k
Motherboard: MSI Z170A Gaming M5
RAM: 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400mhz
GPU: MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8GB
HDD: Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200rpm
SSD: Crucial MX300 525GB
PSU: Corsair CS650M

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ok i just installed a LGA775 3.2ghz processor on a gigabyte GA-8ipe775-g motherboard, i have an ati 9700pro video card, sound blaster audigy gamer sound card, 1 gig of 266mhz ddr ram, and a 580watt power supply. This is a new install of windows xp pro. i loaded the chipset which is Intel 865pe and loaded all the drivers. No programs are installed on this pc. just drivers and XP. i noticed my computer was lagging, i then installed sp2 and all the windows updates and that did not help, i then let my pc sit there and i go to taskman and my cpu usage is sitting between 40%-60% while it is idle. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I upgraded the bios to the latest version, and the onboard sound is disabled in the bios. There is nothing in startup and it cant be a virus or trojan because this is a clean install of xp pro. Thx

A:high cpu usage problem please help

Have to ask: Have you looked through Processes tab to see if there is anything listed that is using the CPU? Also, going to Black Viper's site: www.blackviper.com and disabling the services he recommends may help. Can we assume that you had the Windows firewall enabled when you went on the internet to d/l patches? D/L and install and update both AdAware and SpyBot Search and Destroy. Run them both and delete anything they find.

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Laptop specs

System Model: HP Pavilion Dv7 Notebook PC
Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.53 GHz, 2 Cores, 4 Logic Processors

My laptop is about 4 months old, and I began having this problem 2 months ago. My CPU power rises up to 100% and gets stuck there, and the system slows down to a crawl. I can only fix it temporarily by doing System Restore in Safe Mode (stopped working in Normal Mode). At first, the issue occurred rarely, and I was fine with doing System Restore a couple times. But now, it's suddenly happening very frequently, like every two or three days, sometimes twice in one day. I don't play PC games, and I use about 30%-40% of my RAM on average. Typical programs I use are Firefox, Skype, Gimp, and Rainmeter.

It happens when I'm plugged in and using HP Recommended power plan, and when I'm in power saver mode. However, it seems to be triggered more by power saver mode. In fact, I just selected that, and CPU went up to 100% again. But it doesn't usually return back down to normal if I select HP Recommended...and again, it happens when I've always been using that setting too.

I've run full virus scan (Kapersky), and a malware scan, and did little things to optimize computer performance, but nothing has been detected. Is it possible that this is a problem with the Registry or something?

A:High CPU Usage Problem

I think I might have solved my problem, don't know...

After doing a little more research, I realized that this was happening to a lot of people while they're in power saver mode. Solution: Activate System cooling policy. I had it on Passive the whole time.

When I select Power Saver Mode now, the problem isn't occurring instantly, but I'll have to give my laptop a couple days before I can be sure it won't do it after a few minutes or hours (like it usually does). But I still don't get why this happens when I'm using HP Recommended Power Plan. The System cooling policy has always been active under that setting, so why the same issues as if I was in power saver? Anyway, I dunno if that will particularly be fixed...

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ok i just installed a LGA775 3.2ghz processor on a gigabyte GA-8ipe775-g motherboard, i have an ati 9700pro video card, sound blaster audigy gamer sound card, 1 gig of 266mhz ddr ram, and a 580watt power supply. This is a new install of windows xp pro. i loaded the chipset which is Intel 865pe and loaded all the drivers. No programs are installed on this pc. just drivers and XP. i noticed my computer was lagging, i then installed sp2 and all the windows updates and that did not help, i then let my pc sit there and i go to taskman and my cpu usage is sitting between 40%-60% while it is idle. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I upgraded the bios to the latest version, and the onboard sound is disabled in the bios. There is nothing in startup and it cant be a virus or trojan because this is a clean install of xp pro. Thx

A:high cpu usage problem please help if can

Open Task Manager and look under the Processes tab to see what percentage each one is taking.

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hello ,sir its my first post

From some days i have been facing problem with high cpu usage leading to my computer becomes very slow after looking at the problem i found that dllhost.exe is consuming 80% of my memory and this happens when i open c:\uses\user\downloads after that dllhost .exe comes into process before that there is no problem...
things that i have tried sfcscan,macfee and Iobit scan but problem still exist i have 64 bit windows 7 and i have also read on internet that dllhost.exe is in c:\windows\system32 but i found same file in Syswow64....
any help ......
i don't want to format my laptop..........

A:Problem high cpu usage?

Hi, welcome to Seven forums.

The dllhost.exe is a valid Windows process. The COM+ hosting process controls processes in Internet Information Services (IIS) and is used by many programs. For example, it loads the .NET runtime. There can be multiple instances of the DLLhost.exe process running.

Did you install some codecs for Media player? If yes, try to remove those and check.

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Hi All

Can anybody help me out with a very annoying problem I have?

Every now & again while surfing the internet my pc sounds like its about to blow up (lol), its racing away it does calm down eventually though but is it supposed to do that?. I looked in the Task Manager Processes list & ieplore.exe seems to be the problem using around 80% cpu. iexplore.exe is also listed 3 times, is this normal?.

I use Windows XP Home Edition , Norton Security 2009, IE8 SP3. I have no virus or any Malware or Spyware

Is there a soloution?. I am no Computer Whizz but I know a bit

Great Website

Many Thanks


A:High CPU usage problem

Laptop or Desktop? What make & model if you know.

Did this just start happening or did you just start to notice it?

Can you determine the source by identifying the source? Speakers? Cooling fan(s)? Hard disk? Power supply? CD drive whirring? Anything in the CD drive that doesn't need to be there (remove any unused CDs and try again)?

I have a Compaq laptop where the cooling fan is annoying as it cycles, but the cooling mechanism is not obstructed, nothing overheats, but I do know that I can't stand it. I could fix it to be always on or always off (bad idea) but I give it the benefit of the doubt to know what it is doing.

Just because you have Norton 2009, doesn't mean you don't have any virus, malware, spyware.

What it does mean is that you don't have any virus, malware, spyware that Norton can detect

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Hi, I am a newbie at computers so please instruct me on what to do if I am missing any information or anything. Thank you!
Basicly, I have been experiencing high RAM usage and fluctuating computer usage for a while now, and I have no idea what to do. Please help! Pic below shows what's on the Task Manager while only opening one tab on chrome and no other applications.
System info here:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 6048 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 610M, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 300061 MB, Free - 115563 MB; D: Total - 389739 MB, Free - 374956 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc., K43SD
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2013, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: High Ram usage and High Fluctuating Cpu usage?

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For some reason I've noticed lately in my task manager that everything is using a lot of memory...there is almost no task that is under 1.5 megs, and things like msn and firefox are using 10 and 27 megs respectively...is there anything that could be causing this? And is it something I might have to worry about? Thanks.

A:High Memory Usage Problem

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I have been having high CPU usage lately especially when browsing the internet with a large amount of pictures and videos. The usage spikes up to 100% and remains there as long as a page is loading or a video is buffering and my connection often dies, presumably because of the over-processing, and my connection won't come back until I quit my internet browser (firefox). I have also experienced 100% spikes without a browser open. Sometimes when I play music the usage will go to 100% and my sound will go in and out. It is pretty much impossible for me to use an internet browser with another application running at times, although not always. I have also experienced the same problem with other internet browsers like Internet Explorer and Avant.

I have a hp dv4000 laptop with 1.6GHz processor and 2 gigs of RAM.
I'm not sure if this matters but my computer is extended to a 32" Samsung Monitor 1680 x 1050 at a 60GHz refresh rate.

I have and use AdAware Plus, AVG Free Edition, SpyBot Search & Destroy, Super AntiSpyware and just recently Sygate Personal Firewall.
Thank you in advance!

Here is my HiJackThis Log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:08:59 AM, on 4/22/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\system32... Read more

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My first post on your forums
So... I've just picked up a third screen for my computer, ($4 at a faire, good deal for an 18 inch LCD ) and I've done some magic with my computer to be able to add it in and have it work nicely.

By magic, I mean fiddle with the cables behind the computer and fiddle with the BIOS settings to enable the onboard graphics to drive the new screen.

Boot up went fairly smoothly, although I ran into a snag. If I had anything plugged into Sata ports 1 2 3 or 4 on the motherboard, the bios would freeze up while it was scanning for drives. If those four ports were empty and I had my harddrives plugged into 5 and 6, it would work fine. Unfortunately, I can't use my DVD drive anymore, due to ports 5 and 6 being used for harddrives.

Windows booted up fine, logged in, found new hardware (the ATI onboard chip), installed its drivers, all was smooth and happy.

But, I happened to open up taskmanager and was surprised to see the CPU usage on my fourth core was doing 80%, while the others were hovering around 0-10%.

I followed some advice from friends on Facebook, they had me install Windows 7's SDK and run xperf to generate a .etl file. I found PCIIDEX.sys took up a large majority of the CPU usage on the core, followed in second by hal.dll.

I'm not really sure what to do now :/
Going to run Spybot S&D to see if it finds anything, *crosses fingers*

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Hi there. This is my first time posting onto this website. I ran into a problem last night after I restarted my computer, where any game that I start or even slightly intensive program I open, my CPU usage raises from ~14% to ~100% instantly. I have tried this on many programs such as Minecraft, any games on Steam, Firefall, and even some of Malwarebytes when I was scanning if a virus was causing this. None of my anti-virus software detected a virus, so I'm suspicious as to what the problem may be. Here are my computer specs:Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3550 CPU @ 3.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHzGraphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Memory: 8192MB RAMOS: Windows 7Request any extra info if needed. Thanks.

A:High CPU usage; can't find the problem.

NguyenAntho, Welcome to BC Forums!
Lets see what we can find out. Can you post a Speccy shot for us to look over? 
Go to Piriform's website, and click the big  button.
Next, click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version.
You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot
You will see the following prompt:
Click Yes > then Copy to Clipboard
Now, once you are back in the forum topic you are posting in, click the  button. Right-click in the empty space of the Reply box and click Paste. Then, click Add Reply below the Reply box.
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First of all, I'm new here so hello everyone!

For the last approx. 2 months I've been experiencing quite annoying problems with my PC. I'm currently working on my diploma project in 3ds Max 2008, trying to finish it ASAP (it must be ready before August 09). Everything works quite fine until I want to render the scene.

There are just totally random moments during rendering process when I get blue screen of death, my system notifies me of the process of dumping physical memory and then everything restarts. And then it takes forever to go past that startup screen - detecting HDs and other hardware works abnormally slow. After that, system starts up normally. There are no logs of that event in Event Viewer (not sure if that's its name in EN, I'm using PL version of Vista).

During renders there's almost always 100% CPU usage (on each core -it shows 8 of them in the task manager).

Few months ago I did memtest but couldn't find any problem there. I must notice here, that I am no expert in hardware and my desktop is still on warranty (have warranty seals). It may be also important that guys who assembled my PC must had screwed something up, as I've been having BSOD almost seconds past every windows startup - until I fixed memory voltage in BIOS (voltage or multiplier - can't remember now what it was exactly).

I'll be really thankful for any help, as I can't finish my diploma when having such problems.

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