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Hidden "System Idle Process" ~95% CPU


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#1 numinous510

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 11:21 AM

Hello everyone,

 

Process Explorer shows me a Process (that Task Manager does not) with around 95% CPU usage called "System Idle Process".

I've reinstalled Windows several times the last few days being more careful each time making me very certain that it must be some malware on another HDD (or maybe a rootkit in the hardware I honestly don't know and am quite desperate right now).

I have 130 GB music and 1,77 TB movie files from torrents that I would rather not delete since I always overworked the tags on every song and while I wouldn't really mind a new start since that always makes me kind of happy because everything is newly organized the fact that my maximum download speed is 1.2 MB/s gives me some bad thoughts.

Is there a way to pinpoint where this Process originates from? Or any other idea? I'm very thankful for anything and am happy to provide logs or anything that could help you help me.

Another thing I noticed is a file called "GatherNetworkInfo.vbs" that is supposedly a regular windows file, but doesn't automatically get verified by Autoruns.

 

Thanks in advance and best regards

numinous510

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 11:31 AM

Right the Task Bar click on Start Task Manager then on Performance then on Resource Monitor.  It should show what is hogging resources.


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 11:37 AM

Right the Task Bar click on Start Task Manager then on Performance then on Resource Monitor.  It should show what is hogging resources.

I'll look for strange things in there, thanks for the idea!

 

The thing that's been bugging me is that this process somehow hides in some programs, like here it is only visible in autoruns.

https://i.imgur.com/FQmmbN1.png


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 12:11 PM

System Idle Process...is an indication of unused/idle system resources.  A high percentage for this...is a good thing.  It's been around in every version of Windows that I am familiar with, not sure why the category was created by Microsoft...it confuses many users.

 

Google.

 

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 12:22 PM

System Idle Process...is an indication of unused/idle system resources.  A high percentage for this...is a good thing.  It's been around in every version of Windows that I am familiar with, not sure why the category was created by Microsoft...it confuses many users.

 

Google.

 

Louis

Just noticed that it shows up when tskmgr shows processes from all users, this aleviated a lot of bad thoughts aswell.

Thanks a lot for clearing this up for me!



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Posted 01 April 2018 - 01:09 PM

:thumbsup2:, easily done :).

 

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