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cpu at 40% when unattended

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#1 rainbow_warrior


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:39 AM

I am using a Dell Latitude with XP Professional, Version 2002 and Service Pack 3, having 250 M of RAM.  When unattended there is a screen saver which is the clock time revolving.  I noticed that rexently when I return to the desktop, the cpu was always at a steady 40% and dropped to near 0 when I touched a key.  Is there a way to find out what was running? 


I have run hijack this and nothing new has appeared or anything unusual, except maybe one for Creative Software automatic update,   There used to be one for [Creative Live! Cam Manager].  So I guess a previous owner must have had an external camera, but the name creative never comes up in the process list.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:47 AM

Windows Task Manager does not provide enough information. These are tools to investigate running processes, programs that run at startup, 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.
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