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Cmte. Carvalho
03-28-2005, 10:21 AM
Hi guys;

Lately my computer is running very slow, even in common things like visiting websites, etc... The Windows Task Manager say's that the CPU is being 100% used most part of the time... Sometimes it drops till 75 - 70, but then imediatly come back to 100%... I tried AVG Antivirus and Spybot, both updated, but they didn't find anything wrong... Could someone help-me with that? By the way, i'm using Windows XP SP1 and my computer is an AMD Athlon 1.2 GHz with 20 Gb HD and a 64 Mb. GeForce 4 Ti4200 Palit Daytona. Also 256 Mb. DDR PC266 and a 512 Mb. DDR PC333...

Thanks.

crazyivan1970
03-28-2005, 10:32 AM
Go to task manager(right click task bar) then click processes tab and see which process eats up CPU, order by CPU usage.

nearmiss
03-28-2005, 10:53 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Cmte. Carvalho:
Hi guys;

Lately my computer is running very slow, even in common things like visiting websites, etc... The Windows Task Manager say's that the CPU is being 100% used most part of the time... Sometimes it drops till 75 - 70, but then imediatly come back to 100%... I tried AVG Antivirus and Spybot, both updated, but they didn't find anything wrong... Could someone help-me with that? By the way, i'm using Windows XP SP1 and my computer is an AMD Athlon 1.2 GHz with 20 Gb HD and a 64 Mb. GeForce 4 Ti4200 Palit Daytona. Also 256 Mb. DDR PC266 and a 512 Mb. DDR PC333...

Thanks. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I may be shakin' your tree pretty hard, but...

The newer OS work better with 1 gig of ram.

If you've DL bootleg type programs and files it is very common to get some powerful stuff that is very difficult to remove or discern with current spyware and virus tools. The hackers really enjoy taking out the systems of their compatriots. What's that about no honor among thieves.

Why, because many of those so-called free files come with exe and dll files that are placed within your system folders etc.(secretly) These files are always hidden, so you have to make sure you can see all hidden files to see them.

I've cleaned up so many computers with your issues, and most had been corrupted in such fashion.

If you really understand the services you should be loading at startup you can often find these malignant files by looking through the processes in task manager. You'll see those odd named SOBS running when nothing else is running.

You can go to Microsoft Knowledgebase (http://support.microsoft.com) and search out the services (processes in task manager) that are required for operation of your system. I can't tell you precisely where to go, but with some effort you can find them.

There are also other sites on the web that have forums, which discuss your type of issues frequently. click to annoyances.org (http://annoyances.org) You can select your OS and go to the respective forums where there are many people discussing issue with your OS type.

A few things that might help as well...

1. empty your recycle bin

2. defrag your drives

Microsoft now offers a free software for spyware removal, which is excellent. You can download it from their site. Sometimes the weird files can be found with spyware tools.

Hope this gives you a start or corrects your problems. Usually it takes an experienced person hands on, banging out the keys to do the job well.

Viking-S
03-28-2005, 12:30 PM
"...i'm using Windows XP SP1 and ..."

SP2 but quickly!!

Badsight.
03-28-2005, 10:23 PM
i have had the same thing . . . . . a couple of times

the cause for me was spyware , it hijacked got in & was causing svchost.exe to max out my PC

it will totally wreck gameplay , as in you cant hardly at all in this type of situation

im NOT saying your trouble is spyware , mine was & it can be wicked hard to rectify

like crazyIvan said , post here what is causing the CPU max out , you will be able to see what it is in the Windows Task Manager

TX-CUDA
03-29-2005, 07:02 PM
Three programs I would highly recomend you download post haste are...

Adaware (free)
SpyBot Search and Destroy (free)
and Microsofts (free) AntiSpyware Beta

...just Google to find the site to get these and once you install them be sure to download the latest spyware signature updates and then run a complete scan with each. That ought to cure your troubles.
...Another trick as is mentioned above is to open task manager and take a look at what is running. If you see somethng that you are not sure about jot down the name of what is running and do a Google search for what you have and that ought to tell you if you need to remove it or not....

hope this helps...

TX-Cuda
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ATi X800 PRO
AMD64 3800+

atomicali
03-29-2005, 07:46 PM
Some more things you can try.
Get Lavasoft adaware install update and run.
Try an online virus scan at
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
Download and run Hijackthis from
http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/
Do not post the output from Hijackthis on this forum.
Instead go to
http://forums.tomcoyote.org/index.php?s=0b43eb4ba55c85ae188997bb4b880744&showforum=27 and post your logs there.
If all else fails, a format and install is about the only option you have left.
If you go the format and install route,
Slipstream SP2 in to your XP cd before doing the install.
For how to do this read
http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm
Once that is done you can install XP and SP2 will already be done.
This will help prevent some of the nastys getting in.
Alss need I say it?
Update update update update and then update.

EnGaurde
03-29-2005, 08:56 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> it hijacked got in & was causing svchost.exe to max out my PC
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

svchost.exe runs a service on your xp machine, as in an inbuilt program not a point and click style initiate.

it usually means that the exe it hosts, will be restarted if you kill it via task manager. Ad infinitum.

i think there are some nefarious viruses or worms out there that install themselves as services, so you see nothing in the task list.

if an svchost process is running away, scrutinise your services closely to see which one is causing it.

And it may not be a virus too, dont forget. Dont go into solving any pc problem with pre-determined idea of what you expect to find, otherwise it may take many more hours than necessary to arrive at the short answer the long way around http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

let the evidence guide your conclusions, not the other way around. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Badsight.
03-30-2005, 12:07 AM
RGR That

only been using computers since 2001

gotten 2 cases of hard to fix spyware in that time

both times they posed/hijacked svchost.exe & were maxing out my CPU

hats off to whoever made "about:blank" . . . its resistance impressed me . . . . . if they ever out themselves im going to book a flight to whereever & kill them

Freycinet
03-30-2005, 01:12 AM
I think I know what might be your specific problem: the java graphic of a plane that flies across the screen on the Ubisoft Il-2 home page. Try to close the Il-2 (or Pacific fighters-) Ubisoft page when you run at 100% and see if it doesn't work.

I browse with Firefox and just adblocked the java graphic and have no problem now, but I used to have 100% cpu usage with that thing.

mauld
03-30-2005, 01:38 AM
Goto Start>Run type msconfig and clicl ok select the startup tab here is were you can find some nasty trojens that have been secretly installed, be care full as you can diable your system if you disable the wrong thing. Investigate whats there and the command path indicating were it is located. Some trojans wont let you delete them unless you start up at a low level mode try safe mode if you dont want to go to far back up your files and rebuild the system and learn from a clean system what should be there. To save further mess create an account with restricted privalages and surf the net using that use a firewall Zonealarm is free.

RamsteinUSA
03-30-2005, 04:42 AM
Turn Indexing off... you can search on how and why... but it really works wonders in cutting down the CPU use on unecessary tasks...