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#1 sacca33

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 07:39 PM

CPU usage at 100%. 160 processes running. something called sprite6.exe running half of them. xp unresponsive. can somebody help me please. thank you for your help. sean

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 08:37 PM

Which antivirus are you using? For that matter what antispyware?

AVG Free Edition Antivirus(I personally use)
Avast Home Edition Antivirus Freeware
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta
Spybot
AdAware SE Personal Edition
Ewido Security Suite - 14 day trial
cCleaner

I would recommend Ewido first if you have a antivirus. You can boot into SAFE MODE with network connection to download.
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Posted 07 October 2005 - 08:55 PM

A search of Google seems to indicate that sprite6.exe is an automatic updater used by many applications(Kodak Easy Share, for example) and is from a company called BackWeb. You may be able to determine the application launching sprite6 by checking the latter's path and killing it from your startup programs.
At the same time, it may be an indication of malware. Run your resident anti-virus, Spybot, and Ad-Aware (make sure all definitions are current), so they can clean it from your hard drive.
If these actions do not prevent all those instances of sprite6.exe from running, then post a HJT log so our volunteer team can review it. Instructions for doing this can be found here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/How...s-Log-t956.html

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 10:17 PM

With all those processes running and the strong possibility that some of them are malware related, you may not be able to complete some of the scans with tools listed by acklan.

If you encounter this problem, then reboot in "Safe Mode" using the F8 method and perform your scans from there so Windows will start with minimal drivers and running processes. To do this restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup [but before the Windows icon appears] press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".

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