So far no runaway processes this morning. I will monitor and advise.
1. I was using the iGoogle start page when it was available. I really liked it and had it customized with some interest applets (comics/chess problem, etc) and also a links applet that had most of the places I had to go just a click away. When iGoogle was discontinued, I switched to ighome.com. There are ads at the bottom which initially suck up cpu, but settle down as soon as they are loaded. Is there any way to disallow flash on a specific url? This way I could keep the functionality of the home page, stop the myriad of flash objects from sucking up the cpu, and have the best of both worlds. I know I could just write my own start page, but that is like work.
2. I have set IE to be the default browser for all options and it works fine -- except for clicking a url in a document or email. No matter how many times I check the box to "Always use this app", I get the "How do you want to open this?" dialog. I have verified all the settings in default apps and everywhere else I can think to check. If I select chrome, the default sticks. Only IE will not stay. Is this just MS trying to force Edge down our throats, or is there maybe a registry setting that can be changed?
I will keep an eye on the cpu today. If it behaves, then we will need to determine which extension is causing the issue.