Investigating High CPU Issues:
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 ...
If you're not finding any malware, there 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 location. Most of them are stand-alone portable apps in a zip file so no installation is necessary.
A file's properties may give a clue to identifying it. Right-click
on the file, choose Properties
and examine the General, Details and Version tabs.
If the file is related to a service, open services.msc
, scroll throught the list, locate and right-click on the service, then select Properties. On the General tab, there will be a "Path to executable
" just above the Startup type.
Right-clicking on a process in ProcessHacker
or System Explorer
allows you to send it (File Check) to Jotti's virusscan
. Process Hacker also allows sending it to Camas Comodo
Right-clicking on a process in Process Explorer
or AnVir TaskManager Free
allows you to send it to VirusTotal
If you are using Firefox, you can use the VTzilla Add-on
to check (analyze) a file for malware at VirusTotal
before downloading and saving it to you computer.
-- 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.