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Guyver VIP Member

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#1 11 years ago

Recently my laptop has been running at 100% CPU while idling and I can't seem to track down the cause of this. I've run virus scans using Avast, I've used the spyware tool in Zone Alarm Pro, I've used Spybot S&D and still have come up empty handed as to finding the culprit to whats causing my laptop to idle at 100%.

The only things that run on my laptop at startup are Avast, Zone Alarm, the drivers for my wireless card, and the drivers for my HP printer so it'll operate through the network on this computer. There's nothing else that I've found as of yet to cause this ongoing problem.

System Specs Intel Centrino solo core running at 1.73Ghz Windows XP Home Edition 512MB RAM Intel integrated graphics

Any help or suggestions in getting this straightened out since I use this machine primarily for work would be greatly appreciated.




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#2 11 years ago

Hmmm that's not good.

I'm not sure if you've done this yet, but just to make sure, go to: Start > run Type "msconfig" Go to the startup tab, and uncheck anything you don't want.

Also, just to check, you could try disabling all your anti-virus stuff temporarily, and seeing what your CPU usage is. Who knows.




foodmaniac2003

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#3 11 years ago

It could be avast!, the things great AV, but a total hog.




*The.Doctor

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#4 11 years ago

When you go into Task Manager can you see any processes that seem to be taking up a large amount of CPU time?




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#5 11 years ago

The-Bleh-Bleh;3898989Hmmm that's not good.

I'm not sure if you've done this yet, but just to make sure, go to: Start > run Type "msconfig" Go to the startup tab, and uncheck anything you don't want.

Also, just to check, you could try disabling all your anti-virus stuff temporarily, and seeing what your CPU usage is. Who knows.

I've done the whole msconfig thing before (to be exact just a few days ago). I also have disabled all of my anti-virus/firewall/anti-spyware software and still my laptop continues to run at 100%. The only program that I've got open is FireFox but even with it closed and nothing else running my system is still idling at 100%. I'm thinking there's a bot or something that shouldn't be on here but I can't seem to find it.




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#6 11 years ago

LOL, yeah right, have you ever even USED Avast foodmaniac? It happens to be one of the least intrusive AVs out there, and the best free one too. If you actually HAVE used Avast, it sounds like you had problems with malware and assumed it was Avast without even checking the source of the drain.:rolleyes: Like Apollo said, go to Task Manager in the Processes tab and you will see which process is consuming the CPU. If you don't recognize the process, type it into a Google search and you will have your answer.;)




foodmaniac2003

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#7 11 years ago
>Omen<;3899014LOL, yeah right, have you ever even USED Avast foodmaniac? It happens to be one of the least intrusive AVs out there, and the best free one too. Sounds like you had problems with malware and assumed it was Avast without even checking the source of the drain.:rolleyes:

Yes, I have used avast!. Many times. I keep the installer handy for those cases when I really need it. I believe it is indeed one of the best AVs I have used, it found problems that half a dozen other ones didn't detect at all. Ok, I exaggerated on the hog part, but on my dad's PC, after I uninstalled Avast!, the system ran faster than it used to :uhm:.




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#8 11 years ago

Well every now and then any AV can have certain conflicts with some software, which may have been part of the problem and/or the way it was configured. If you never did a TM processes check though it would be a guess at best to assume it was indeed Avast itself. BTW, if you continue using it try the Avast forum. The guys there are great at determining the cause of such problems and use such info to improve the program when necessary.;)




marvinmatthew

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#9 11 years ago

You might try running HijackThis! and posting its results here.




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#10 11 years ago
Apollo75;3898994When you go into Task Manager can you see any processes that seem to be taking up a large amount of CPU time?

I was going to ask the same thing. That would be my first step. 9 times out of 10, I find that 100% CPU usage is caused by multiple programs conflicting with each other.