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CPU maxed unless Task Manager is opened

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#1 Shimonhead


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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:46 AM


I have seen another person list this as an issue here as well, and someone else on another sites forum. All in just the last few days.

It seems this may be a virus that maxes out our CPU and its cores when running. I am running CORE TEMP and can see the CPU usage at 100% on all 4 cores. However when task manager is opened the usage immediately drops to 1-4% on all cores...like the virus turns itself off as soon as you open Task Manager to see it. The reason I think this is the case is that if you run Hijack This with Task Manager off, you can see the cores drop to 1-4% again...so Hijack This is useless as the virus recognises it as a program that could identify it.

I have run several reputed virus scanners...Kaspersky, Trend, Malwarebytes...all find nothing.

Combofix found some stuff but it had no effect on whatever this is.

Has anyone else had this strange hiding cpu max out issue?

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#2 Shimonhead

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:47 PM

Found the culprit!

Some people on another forum had the answer as to what it is and how to remove it.

Combofix finds and removes this file: c:\windows\SysWow64\update\igfxupdate.exe

But doesn't remove enough of the other associated folders/files to keep it from coming back.

Here is the link to the group who found it and how to remove.


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:11 AM

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