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Vsmon.exe & Sndoctor.exe High Cpu.


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#1 wwejosh

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 05:57 AM

Hi.
vsmon.exe & sndoctor.exe are using lots of cpu usage. Especially sndoctor, are these viruses etc? What do I do?
Also is it normal for cpu usage to be at 100%?

Help appreciated thank you, for reading.

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:40 AM

vsmon.exe is Zone Alarm Firewall
sndoctor.exe is Spyware Doctor
It is not normal to constantly run at 100% cpu usage
Suggest you stop Spyware Doctor from running at startup and see if that is your main problem. On older systems it is a burden when all of its functions are enabled.
If you will list all of your paid and free security programs and browser(s) that you have installed it would make it easier for recommendations.
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 09:23 PM

Hi, thanks for your reply.
How do I stop spyware doctor from starting at startup?
Also here is a list of my current security installed
eTrust sucurity suite - commercial
Spyware doctor - commercial (I think)
Ad-aware se - free
Spybot s & d - free
Spyware blaster - free
Windows defender - free
AVG Anti-spyware - free
Mozilla firefox - free
Mozilla thunderbird - free
Internet explorer 7 - free

Thankyou

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 10:16 PM

Wow, that is quiet a collection!
If Spyware Doctor is in your task bar, try right clicking on it and see what options you have or open it and check the options. It should be easy to find how to stop from starting at startup.
If AVG Anti-spyware is running at startup, kill it, too.
eTrust Security Suite has an antispyware, antivirus, antispam and firewall, so that is enough to run at startup along with Spyware Blaster. If you have Spybot's teatimer running I would turn that off, too.
Try those suggestions and if your computer is running satisfactorily after it would be OK to leave Windows Defender to start.
Having extra programs installed and updated on your computer on standby is a good idea in case some malware slips through and you need the extra scanning ability.
One more suggestion--Install NoScript extension in your Firefox browser and learn to use it. It is your best protection against driveby installs of malware when cruising the web.
Your best protection from getting malware is safe user habits. Don't open spam, never click on links in email, keep your programs and Windows up to date, don't download freebies like screensavers and stay away from high risk sites such as porn and gambling.
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 10:47 PM

You can have more than one anti-virus program installed on your system as long as only one of them is actively running and providing real time protection. The other should only be used as an on demand scanner. However, even when one of them is not running, problems can still arise when the active anti-virus detects the non-active one's definitions or quarantined files.

The concern with using more than one anti-virus program is due to conflicts that can arise when both are running in real-time mode simultaneously. Anti-virus software componets insert themselves into the operating systems core and using more than one can cause instability, crash your computer, slow performance and waste system resources. When actively running in the background while connected to the Internet, they both may try to update their defintion databases are the same time. As the programs compete for resources required to download the necessary files this often can result in sluggish system performance or unresponsive behavior.

Each anti-virus will often interpret the activity of the other as a virus and there is a greater chance of them alerting you to "False Positives". If one finds a virus and then the other also finds the same virus, both programs will be competing over exclusive rights on dealing with that virus. Each anti-virus will attempt to seize the offending file and quarantine it. If one finds and quarantines the file before the other one does, then you encounter the problem of both wanting to scan each other's zipped or archived files and each reporting the other's quarantined contents. This can lead to a repetivite cycle of endless alerts that continually warn you that a virus has been found. Deciding which anti-virus solution to remove is your choice. Be aware that you may lose your subscription to that anti-virus program's virus definitions once you uninstall that software.

To disable Spyware Doctor do this:
1. Click the Spyware Doctor icon in the System Tray.
2. Click Settings.
3. Click Startup Settings under Pick a Category.
4. Uncheck Run at Windows startup.
5. Click Apply and Exit Spyware Doctor.

Then from within Spyware Doctor, click the "OnGuard" button on the left side and Uncheck "Activate OnGuard".

Note that if you disable Spyware Doctor you will be losing the benefits of its real time protection features.
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