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Constant high CPU and Physical Memory usage on Vista


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#1 hibs1875

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:05 AM

Hi Guys.

For the last 2 weeks , as soon as my PC gets switched on the CPU usage jumps to around 52% and Physical Memory to around 58%. I only have one program running and thats Internet Explorer 8.

Anyone know why it is so high? A virus or malware perhaps? I've tried running Spyboy Search & Destroy aswell as Malware Anti-Malware bytes, but no joy. As the CPU is so high, the computer gets very hot with the heatsink (fan) going into overdrive which makes an absulute racket. It doesn't effect the performance much as its a high spec PC but its now getting a tad annoying.

I've also noticed that at night time the internet speed goes down considerably, i'm on a 10Mb connection and the last few nights speeds have been like no better than the old 56k days! Someone perhaps using my machine to attack other machines/users.

Any help would be grand.

Edit: The list of things I have done but the problem is still the same-

Spybot Search & Destroy
Avast Anti-Virus Scan
Malware Bytes Anti Malware
SuperAntiSpyware
Ad-aware wouldn't work, getting a 'System Error 1814'


My sincere apologies if this is in the wrong section.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 10:41 AM

You can adjust the services running using blackviper suggestions.
I usually change some from automatic to manual.

http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:29 AM

Download Process Explorer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspx
Unzip ProcessExplorer.zip, and double click on procexp.exe to run the program.
Click on View > Select Colunms.
In addition to already pre-selected options, make sure, the Command Line is selected, and press OK.
Go File>Save As, and save the report as Procexp.txt.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:47 AM

Two thoughts come to mind. First Install Mozilla Firefox and ONLY use IE when absolutely necessary. Firefox is much less vulnerable. Also bring up task manager and sort the processes by CPU utilization to see which process is taking up the CPU. On my XP machine I had a process related to my DVD movie player that would utilize 99% of the CPU when I ran certain applications. I just disabled this process from starting at boot up and the problem went away and I am still able to use the DVD player software just fine. Maybe you have a similar problem.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:04 PM

Download Process Explorer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspx
Unzip ProcessExplorer.zip, and double click on procexp.exe to run the program.
Click on View > Select Colunms.
In addition to already pre-selected options, make sure, the Command Line is selected, and press OK.
Go File>Save As, and save the report as Procexp.txt.
Attach the file to your next reply.


Thanks alot. Please find the attached file.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:06 PM

Two thoughts come to mind. First Install Mozilla Firefox and ONLY use IE when absolutely necessary. Firefox is much less vulnerable. Also bring up task manager and sort the processes by CPU utilization to see which process is taking up the CPU. On my XP machine I had a process related to my DVD movie player that would utilize 99% of the CPU when I ran certain applications. I just disabled this process from starting at boot up and the problem went away and I am still able to use the DVD player software just fine. Maybe you have a similar problem.
Sam


Thats the thing that is worrying me. In Task Manager under the Processes tab there is nothing that looks out of the ordinary, everything seems relatively low.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:11 PM

Ad-aware is giving you fits:
- aawservice.exe 49.62% Ad-Aware Service Lavasoft "C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe"

Ad-aware is a tool of the past and your best option is to uninstall it.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:30 PM

Ad-aware is giving you fits:
- aawservice.exe 49.62% Ad-Aware Service Lavasoft "C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe"

Ad-aware is a tool of the past and your best option is to uninstall it.


Excellent mate, thanks alot. The latest definations from Lavasoft have seriously f**ked Ad-Aware up, to the extent that you can't open or even uninstall it. I managed to stop it's 'services' though, just need to find a way to uninstall it now....

Can you mark threads 'solved' on Bleeping Computer?

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:09 PM

I don't think, you can mark it as solved.

As for uninstall, try Revo: http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninst...e_download.html
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