The process that is hogging close to 100 % of my XP CPU usage is getting worse. See: jpg screen cap below.
If I kill the svchost.exe with all the CPU usage, it immediately clears up. Then with my Browser killed, I tried the following:
With nothing running other than 'Process Explorer', that I started since killing the Browser, then I (just now) went to Start - Run - Cmd - netstat, and it showed 117 TCP items most of which were 'Established' -- then I used Process Explorer to kill the huge svchost.exp and typed in netstat again. The Process Explorer then showed almost zero CPU usage, and the netstat returned only -- one -- TCP - User - 'localhost#'. I always know which svchost.exe to kill as it shows the huge CPU usage.
Another time with high CPU usage, I went to the Control Panel - Administration Tools - Services and found that I can turn each list item off in the list -- that exactly matches Process Explorer for the svchost.exe usage -- off, one at a time, for a few seconds, then turn it back on -- and after going through the entire list, the CPU usage goes to zero -- but very strangely the huge size of the svchost.exe is still shows huge -- but without CPU usage, even though the CPU usage goes away with the file size huge. When I 'stop' one in the Services section, Process Explorer removes it from its list and it comes back when I restart it in Services.
Earlier I used 4 spyware programs and Spybot S$D found only one item which was a Browser Double Click Virus. But all this happened after I removed that virus.
1.) any recommendations?
2.) Is it harmful to kill these huge Svchost.exe files?