Yes, as Budapest
asks, the first thing you need to do is to identify the process causing the high CPU utilization and where it is running from. Windows Task Manager
does not provide enough information. These are tools to investigate running processes, services and gather additional information to identify them or resolve problems:
These tools will provide information about each process, CPU usage, file description and its path location
Most of them are stand-alone apps in a zip file so no installation is necessary.
-- System Explorer
provides a security check
of running processing using their online security database when you first launch the program. Just press the Security Scan
tab at the top, then click Start Security Check
. After the check you can click the link to See the results of the security check >>
. Keep in mind, that the check is not a guarantee of what is or is not detected as malware.
-- Process Explorer
shows two panes by default: the upper pane
is always a process list and the bottom pane
either shows the list of DLLs loaded into the process selected in the upper pane, or the list of operating system resource handles (files, Registry keys, synchronization objects) the process has open. In the menu at the top select View > Lower Pane View to change between DLLs and Handles.