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System IDLE Process high CPU usage?

Question: System IDLE Process high CPU usage?

why System IDLE Process in my PRocesses have a high CPU USAGE???
this is my HIJACKthis log...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:12:43 PM, on 12/28/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\WINDOWS\vsnpstd3.exe
C:\Program Files\WebcamMax\wcmmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Smart Keystroke Recorder\sma.exe
C:\Program Files\USB Safely Remove\USBSafelyRemove.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexStoreSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\ymsgr_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\mscorsvw.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157" target="_blank" class="invilink">http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896" target="_blank" class="invilink">http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper - {72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\GRA8E1~1.DLL
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: IESniffer Class - {B6ADE150-743D-11D4-8141-00E029626F6A} - C:\Program Files\Smart Keystroke Recorder\BrowserSniffer.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [egui] "C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe" /hide /waitservice
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Vistadrv] C:\Program Files\VistaDrives\vsdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LogonStudio] "C:\Program Files\WinCustomize\LogonStudio\logonstudio.exe" /RANDOM
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [snpstd3] C:\WINDOWS\vsnpstd3.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WebcamMaxMoniter] "C:\Program Files\WebcamMax\wcmmon.exe" /a
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sma] C:\Program Files\Smart Keystroke Recorder\sma.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MSConfig] C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe /auto
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [USB Safely Remove] C:\Program Files\USB Safely Remove\USBSafelyRemove.exe /startup
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Yahoo! Pager] "C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\YahooMessenger.exe" -quiet
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O11 - Options group: [INTERNATIONAL] International*
O18 - Protocol: grooveLocalGWS - {88FED34C-F0CA-4636-A375-3CB6248B04CD} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\GR99D3~1.DLL
O18 - Protocol: ms-help - {314111C7-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Help\hxds.dll
O18 - Filter hijack: text/xml - {807563E5-5146-11D5-A672-00B0D022E945} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\OFFICE12\MSOXMLMF.DLL
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
O21 - SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 - Service: Eset HTTP Server (EhttpSrv) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\EHttpSrv.exe
O23 - Service: Eset Service (ekrn) - ESET - C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: NBService - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
O23 - Service: NMIndexingService - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Remote Packet Capture Protocol v.0 (experimental) (rpcapd) - Unknown owner - %ProgramFiles%\WinPcap\rpcapd.exe" -d -f "%ProgramFiles%\WinPcap\rpcapd.ini (file missing)Click to expand...

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Preferred Solution: System IDLE Process high CPU usage?

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About a year ago, I noticed that my computer was running slow (both online and off) and that the explorer.exe process listed in the Windows Task Manager was usually running very high. Windows Explorer seemed to crash a lot as well. A few months ago, I attempted to install Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 on my computer and before the install completed a warning window popped up saying something like 'there is already another instance of Kaspersky running' (which was not the case since this was the first time I had ever attempted to install Kaspersky software) and the install failed. When I rebooted my computer, I got the blue screen of death for a few seconds and then Windows booted with a message saying that Windows had recovered from a serious problem. Since recovering from whatever happened after the failed Kaspersky install, my computer is slower than ever and the Task Manager still shows a high CPU usage even though the System Idle Process is high and there isn't any processes listed that are using much CPU time at all.

I just scanned my system with the latest updated versions of AdAware, Spybot S&D, SuperAntiSpyware, and Avira AntiVir. All of them found nothing. I then cleaned my computer with CCleaner and ran HijackThis.

Here is the log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:25:30 AM, on 13/03/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C... Read more

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After laptop is on for about 5-10 minutes I start getting insane lag doing anything.
Just trying to get screenshots and typing this in is taking 30 minutes.
Hopefully screenshots can explain better.

Answer:System Idle process high cpu usage

You want system idle process to be high. That means the processor is looking for work. 99 is better than 60. What is that 22% process--it is running at 0% on my PC.

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Though this topic is quite old, I would like to point out that everyone saying 100% CPU system idle process is normal...is CORRECT. With the task manager list, higher numbers could possibly indicate slower functioning. However, system idle process CPU means something different due to its nature, as others have already explained. This does not make sense to some, and I feel compelled to encourage people to ignore the negative voting scores on these entries; and kindly overlook system idle when searching for explanations of slow computers or programs. System Idle Process is not the culprit.

Answer:High CPU Usage System Idle Process

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Hi, yesterday I had a very bad lag while I'm playing, it was the 1st time to lag like that, it is not due to connection problem as I'm used to them and they are totally different (this one was with sound interruption).After I finished the game i restarted my pc, the restart took ~35 minutes!
The computer became too slow to be used for anything, I opened the task manager to see what is eating my process to find nothing, System idle process is at 99 usage, even when I run a program or try to play a video it stay over 80, I know system idle process means the computer has nothing important to do, and I think this is the problem.
I'm using windows 7 64 bits. My laptop is acer aspire4720 and there is a small green light which lights when it is precessing, after this problem began it is always green.
I had the same problem in the safe mode.
Opened msconfig but did not find anything new in the startup tab.
There is no new windows updates installed (the latest were before two days and the computer was fine).
No new programs installed, only updated skype.
Any suggestions?
As I'm not sure what is the problem I don't know if the title is correct or not.
Sorry for my bad English, it is not my native language.

Answer:System Idle Process High CPU Usage

Hello L_The_Legend & welcome to TSF

Have you scanned your computer for viruses lately?

Also, tap away at F10 as you start the PC to enter the BIOS menu. Under the Advanced or Diagnostic tab you should find the facility to run a test on the Hard Drive and Memory - run both test and post back with the results. Is the system overheating?

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Hi,
Its my first post here. Greetings to everybody.


I run a Windows XP SP3 based system with all updates and latest drivers installed, and the software maintained for optimal performance (stuff like a clean and defragged registry, defragged file system, minimal background processes and disabling of non-essential windows services, no malware/spyware, absence of junk files, etc etc). The hardware config consists of an Core2Duo E6750 CPU, Corsair XMS2 2GB memory, Gigabyte X-38 DS5 motherboard, Gigabyte 8800GT based GPU and a Seagate 320GB HDD.

Since a past few days, I've been noticing abnormally high CPU usage under idle conditions. The processes "System Idle Process" and "System" occupy anywhere from 40% to 70% CPU usage. I have the Enhanced Halt (C1E), Thermal monitor 2 and Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology enabled in the BIOS - in case this information is relevant. Hardware Interrupts, Deferred Procedure Calls under System Idle Process seem to take up cpu cycles for most of the time, possibly indicating a driver bug. I have not installed/removed any software, hardware, nor updated any device drivers which would lead to such a problem suddenly. Normal workloads are not affected, however stuff like playing video with PowerDVD 10 and running the Milkdrop Visualization are badly throttled.

Please Advice.

Answer:Abnormally high CPU usage by System Idle Process

I'll think on your problem for a while, but I wanted to comment that Milkdrop is the best visualization software ever, and it can definitely take its toll on any processor or gfx card lol. Are any of your processes using more resources than normal? It would appear you have a firm grasp on what is usually running on your system, so is anything out of the ordinary?

Ideally though, the "System Idle process" should be as high as possible, as that is where your excess cycles are going. So, the higher the number, the less resources your usual operations are using (so 99% idle process means 1% in use) (Also, that is my understanding of it, if I am incorrect in this assumption, somebody please correct me, I have not really ever thought about that process before).

I don't think your bios settings will interfere with that, but I could be wrong, again somebody correct me if I am wrong (making another assumption).

Are you using a laptop? Sometimes slower processing can mean the battery is going bad (Though not always)

Try running some form of monitor to find out if your processor is running up to par (cpu-z works alright for quick checks). But I think it is probably something else. Gfx card going bad or underclocked perhaps?

I am not really sure what could be causing it, you seem to sound like you already checked for abnormally running processes, so I am at a bit of a loss. Perhaps it could be hard drive slowing down or something? I am sure MoM will come in here and cor... Read more

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Hi,
i have this problem for some time... Xp is running slower, it shows high cpu usage by System Idle Process (over 70%)... also have trouble with popup witch leads to Error Protector home page... Had some problem with Troyan Virto but i used Symantec FixVirto or something and it shows clean report...Here's my log...and tnx in advance for ur effort

Deckard's System Scanner v20070905.67
Run by ManUtd on 2007-10-11 19:17:05
Computer is in Normal Mode.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.


-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
25: 2007-10-11 17:17:20 UTC - RP288 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
24: 2007-10-11 12:01:39 UTC - RP287 - System Checkpoint
23: 2007-10-10 11:59:35 UTC - RP286 - System Checkpoint
22: 2007-10-08 21:19:39 UTC - RP285 - System Checkpoint
21: 2007-10-07 19:57:20 UTC - RP284 - System Checkpoint


-- First Restore Point --
1: 2007-09-29 15:53:15 UTC - RP264 - Removed Counter-Strike 1.6


Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

Total Physical Memory: 256 MiB (512 MiB recommended).
System Drive C: has 0.41 GiB (less than 15%) free.


-- HijackThis (run as ManUtd.exe) ----------------------------------------------

Unable to find log (file not found); running clone.
-- HijackThis Clone -------------------------------------------... Read more

Answer:System idle process high CPU usage, error protector popup,

Sorry...vundo problem not virto...my fault...i used fixvundo by symantec to resolve this problem....

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Hi there,
as the titles says, i am having an unusually high usage of cpu from those 2 processes (25-80%) on my quad core 4.3 Ghz processor,which i highly doubt is normal. another weird thing i noticed is that it's periodic, meaning it would be very high during the day, but during the night it's fine! i am afraid my device has been infected with a bitcoin miner or something!
I am using Bitdefender free antivirus, and i also scanned with malewarebytes antimaleware to no avail, so i went ahead and did a FRST scan, here are the results
any input is highly appreciated, thanks a lot.
 

Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 31-08-2016
Ran by Scalpel (administrator) on SCALPEL-PC (03-09-2016 17:34:48)
Running from C:\Users\Scalpel\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: Scalpel (Available Profiles: Scalpel & FL2-MAN)
Platform: Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/

==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================

(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)

(Bitdefender) C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Antivirus Free Edition\gzserv.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\nvvsvc.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vis... Read more

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So I have a fresh install of Win8.1 LEGAL copy (it's about 2 weeks old)

I noticed yesterday abnormally high CPU usage. ~40% in task manager when the computer is doing nothing.

After some investigation, most google searches are telling me it's a driver issue, run a trace this or that. It looks like the process is simply "SYSTEM".

Okay -- so a few more details. When I do a fresh reboot, the issue doesn't exist. Super low CPU usage 1 to 3%. Wifi works, everything is working as it should. If I don't do anything, i.e just let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, CPU usage will spike to 70%, soon as I move the mouse it will fall down to 50% then to 40's. Another byproduct of this problem, is when I do a restart or shutdown, it will go to the restart screen with the rotating circle thing and sit there, not a hard crash, but will just sit there spinning forever. (I'm forced to do a hard reboot). This issue does NOT happen if I reboot in the first few minutes of starting windows, before this unknown process/thread takes root. Did a full virus scan, and malwear scan, even uninstalled Acronis.

I've disabled my wifi adapter, all the normal programs I use (dropbox, evernote, afterburner). Just reinstalled the latest video drivers.

Still confused as to why this is going on. I've used process explorer to poke around but still can't get to the root of what's causing it. There doesn't seem to be detailed instructions I could find... Read more

Answer:Help me trace a system process please? fresh Win8, high CPU usage @ idle.

Try using the Sysinternals Process Explorer to start off. It can dig into service & system processes with more info.
 

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Okay, this is driving me crazy. Whenever my PC is left idle for some time, CPU usage by "System" will ramp up. I have no idea what is causing it. I had thought that there was something in Task Scheduler that would run itself whenever my system was left alone, but there is nothing of the sort. I've also tried using Process Explorer to get a more in-depth look at what the heck "System" is, but it's as equally vague as what Task Manager is telling me.

Has anyone run into this?
 

Answer:Windows 8.1: High CPU usage by "System" process when idle

Do you have this onboard NIC, Atheros AR8152/8158?
 

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Lately, I've been getting alerts about high cpu usage. Checking Process Explorer, I see that spoolsv.exe is using about 49-50% and Systems Idle is using 45-50. I have no idea why this is happening. Only recent change has been the swapping out of a HP Photosmart printer for a Lexmark Pro 915 printer.

Answer:High CPU usage from spoolsv.exe and Systems Idle Process?

System Idle Process is not using anything, shows % of idle time, higher number = less processor use. At least 1 less thing to worry about.

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i have a Dell 6400, running XP with SP3, which has been rock solid for 5 years even when running heavy load apps. Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) appeared about 3 months ago, and has been repeating almost daily since, and my sound is skippy/crappy.- system idle process is always high, typically 50-97% of CPU load, which is understandable if there are no other apps active HOWEVER when I intentionally open multiple heavy apps such as Photoshop, Maximizer and MS Access in quick succession, and the CPU use spikes to 90-95% capacity (as expected), system idle process still hogs the vast majority of the CPU use and leaves maybe 10-20% for all the other apps.- i opened my task manager and listened to a MP3 file. System idle process was always high (as per above) and the sound 'skipping' increased proportionally with CPU load, which was being hogged by the system idle process- i downloaded and ran the MS SDK debug program on the BSOD mini-dump file. This revealed ... "unable to load image ntoskrnl.exe", "Unable to load image portcls.sys", and "Unable to load image sthda.sys" Since the latter 2 are audio related I uninstalled my audio driver and re-installed the latest version- i updated my Bios to the latest version- i ran chkdsk and it was error free- my system is virus free - i run Norton scans frequently I've spent a couple of days googling to solve this. Any help would be appreciated, txs, RobertBug details follow* Bugcheck Analysis ... Read more

Answer:high cpu, high system idle process, and crappy sound

Right click on 'my computer' - manage - device manager - IDE/ATAPI controllersdropdown and rightclick on Primary IDE channel - properties - advanced settings (transfer mode and current transfer mode should be set to DMA) If not, just uninstall the driver, this will requaire you to restart your pc in order to set your hardisk to DMA mode. Hope this info will solve your problems ^o^

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as u my system idle process takes way too much cpu and im woundering if if there is any way to lower it. Iv ran a hell lot of spyware and stuff to remove virus and maleware. Thanks in advance.

Answer:System Idle Process High Cpu

system idle process is always high if your not doing anything I believe.

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I have gone thru the Vista cleaning process as described. The Root Repeal did not run as it seems that version to not be usable with Vista. All other logs attached here. thanks in advance!
 

Answer:System Idle Process Very High

You did not allow MGTools to run to completion. But based on the logs you provided, you do not have a malware issue.

System Idle process is exactly that....so if you are not doing anything, that process will be the largest. This is exactly how it should be.

Now I want you to do one thing. Please move ComboFix to your desktop ( NOTE: DO Not run it!!! )
It should not be here:
c:\users\jim\Downloads\ComboFix.exe
Otherwise it will not uninstall properly.

If you are not having any other malware problems, it is time to do our final steps:

We recommend you keep SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for scanning/removal of malware. Unless you purchase them, they provide no real-time protection. They are useful as backup scanners.They do not use any significant amount of resources ( except a little disk space ) until you run a scan.
If we had you use ComboFix, uninstall ComboFix (This uninstall will only work as written if you installed ComboFix on your Desktop like we requested.)

Click START then RUN and enter the below into the run box and then click OK. Note the quotes are required
"%userprofile%\Desktop\combofix" /u

Notes: The space between the combofix" and the /u, it must be there.
This will uninstall ComboFix and also reset hidden files and folders settings back to Windows defaults.
Any other miscellaneous tools we may have had you install or download can be uninstalled and deleted.
If running Vista, it is time to make sure you have reenabled U... Read more

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http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/2145/cpu4rx.jpg

I get that weird effect when running Media Player Classic, playing the song at a fast rate.

What's all the extra cpu coming from/wtf?
 

Answer:system idle process+cpu usage!=100

that is perfectly normal, the idle process shows how much of hte cpu speed is left.
 

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Hello, So I was copying a large group of files (400 gigs) to an external drive, it was about 150 gigs in when the PC crashed ( i believe due to MSI usb speed up), i've since removed the MSI program but CPU usage stays at 100% from the moment the PC turns on, however system idle process shows it's using most everything which is good, and PC perfomance is normal and unlike if CPU usage was actually 100%, but I can't figure out how to fix this, any suggestions or tips would be so helpful, I've attached screen shots showing 100% usage but every program running doesn't add up to near that and system idle showing everything mostly idle. Thanks!!!!!

Answer:CPU usage 100% but system idle process says otherwise

If its worth noting performance manager also only shows ~10% usage

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I have a Compaq with Intel Celeron processor, 564MHz, 320MB of RAM, XP Pro, Serv. Pack 2. My System Idle Process mem usage stays at 16k. BitDefender, WinPatrol, and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware all scan clean.

Answer:very low System Idle Process mem usage

I'm currently at 28k and my other computer is also at 16k.Perfectly normal.

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CPU usage reads 100% whereas System Idle process is consuming more than 90% of my CPU. i am unable to install or uninstall any application. It is dead slow.
please help me

here is my HJT log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:56:22 AM, on 3/19/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ibmpmsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Juniper Networks\Common Files\dsNcService.exe
C:\Program Files\lotus\notes\ntmulti.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
c:\program files\marimba\tuner\Tuner.exe
c:\WINDOWS\system32\ZuneBusEnum.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Notepad.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ltmsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe
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When I turn on my computer everything is just fine. After a few minutes the CPU usage shoots up to 100% and stays there. I've reinstalled Windows but still persists.

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ZcfgSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\WLTRAY.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ifrmewrk.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
C:\WINDOWS\stsystra.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehmsas.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
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Answer:100% CPU usage by System Idle Process

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For some reason the system idle process is showing up in the CPU usage graph in task manager on Windows XP. Which means it always looks to be running at near maximum. So far the only way for me to fix it is to try restarting. Is there any other way?

Answer:System Idle Process showing in CPU usage

It is normal and good for the "System Idle Process" to show high CPU usage. This isn't a real process but more like a placeholder that shows the percentage of unused CPU time.

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Alright, you're going to say..."It is suppose to be 100% on System Idle Process, your processor has to be running always so it moves to the System Idle Process."

That isn't the problem. My computer is giving 100% CPU usage on anything possible. It will switch to random programs..which I will end-task, then it will move to another one. It is doing it right now. But, I have end-tasked a lot of programs that it finally immigrated to the System Idle Process. I have a picture to prove to you.

This only happens some times. How I would fix it before..is...Unplug my power cord and let my computer sit for a while..then plug it back in..and it would work some times. But, now I have tried and can't fix it.

Lately, after the fact of this 100% CPU fiasco that started a couple months ago, my computer won't have a POST beep when I start it up. But, if I turn it off, and turn it back on, it will always work on the second time. IT's weird

I have AVG 8 and Spybot Search-and-Destroy, and i do scans with them very often...They either find one or two things...and I clean them up, or I find nothing. Nothing changes this fact.

Not only that, my computer, when it IS working...some-what. (No 100% CPU on random processes) I can't even play Hi-def videos on Youtube or Hulu. I can't even watch movies in 720 P on my computer. And I KNOW my computer is good enough to.

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Answer:100% CPU Usage on System Idle Process. (Not a mistake)

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Sony Vaio VGN-FZ11S LaptopCpu: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.80GHzMemory: 2Gb DDR2 SDRAMGraphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT GPUWindows Vista Home Premium SP1Norton Protection Centre Antivirus/Spyware/FirewallHello all. QUICK NOTE: Have run a Kasperspy Scan (and have Norton always running) only hours ago and no infection were found so I hope this isn't malware related.After noticing my laptop becoming very unresponsive as of late, I decided to run Process Explorer to find what was eating my CPU. Found out that the "System Idle Process" was fluctuating anywhere between 70% - 90% CPU usage.Now in Process Explorer I then "right-clicked" on the System Idle Process and selected properties and then selected the "threads" tab in the window to find 2 files named the same:ntkmlpa.exe!KiDispatchInterrupt+0x5a4 <-- There are 2 of these showing in the "threads" tab under properties of System Idle Process in Process Explorer.PLEASE NOTE: that the l in ntkm(l)pa is actually a L (Stupid Windows Fonts!)Process explorer will not let me kill the process or restart/shutdown, neither will task manager. Rightly so as I believe System Idle process is vital to the stability of Windows from my research.What I would like to know is, is there anyway of returning this process to using a lower amount of CPU as my laptop is really not functioning as quick as it should be.Also task manager reports to be running 94 processes! Is this normal?Many thanks.Luke

Answer:System Idle Process - ntkmpla.exe Using up 90% CPU usage.

Hi kennedymelody,Saw your other post. You mean ntkmlpa.exeDo you have Zone Alarm? There is one suggestion in post #5 of the following thread that might be helpful if you do. There is also a link to an article describing this problem. See if this gives you some ideas.http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=36879Zllio

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Hello,

I know it sounds a little bit strange, but:

When I open Task manager ->show process from all users, I notice that System Idle is uses about 95% of CPU.
But the overall cpu usage is lower than 20-30%. How is that possible? (windows 7)

Also, I have 2 os installed on the same computer. 7 and XP.
Windows XP 50%CPU load.-> Disable automatic updates=> Low CPU usage.
If I disable auto updating feature in Windows 7 too, and update it "on demand" weekly would that solve the issue?

Thank you in advance.

Answer:High System Idle CPU, but overall, low cpu usage

the easiest way to remove any resource hogs is to:
click start;
type run;
in run type msconfig;
hit enter;
click the startup tab;
untick everything non essential;
personally I untick everything (youd want to keep your virus scanner though)

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Hi I have high system usage when idle and do not know why this happening. Please help !

Thank you
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 20:12:25, on 22/01/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ACTIV Software\ACTIVdriver\ActivDRVservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Sophos\Remote Update\cachemgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\SMART Technologies Inc\SMART Board Software\SMARTBoardService.exe
C:\Program Files\Sophos SWEEP for NT\SWNETSUP.EXE
C:\Program Files\Sophos SWEEP for NT\SWEEPSRV.SYS
C:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\avgas.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Sophos\Remote Update\imonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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Answer:High System Usage when Idle

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I have noticed that whenever my computer is idle, i have no programs running whatsoever, the cpu usage is still at least at 10%. When I go to the task manager, it shows that the System process is taking up 9-11% of the cpu, but whenever I disable my LAN connection, my cpu usage goes back to normal. What about my LAN connection could be making it take up more cpu than it has to? or is it necessary? I used to be connected to the internet through my university's T1 connection, but now i connect through another computer in the apartment through a switch. I am currently running Windows XP. Could somebody please enlighten me as to what could be going on here? Let me know if you need any additional information . . .

Answer:System Process takes up suspiciously high cpu when idle

It sounds to me as though the device your connecting to is just checking the connection to your PC to make sure it is still alive.
If you think you have a Trojan or something, get a trojan scanner (www.google.com) and scan your PC.

Also, what OS are you using? It could have alot to do with it, also; your personal settings could be playing a roll. It just depends on how you have your PC configured and the components running.

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HiAll,I am not too big of a techie, but i am sure that on my Vaio (Win 7, i3, 4GB) even when my system is idle the memory usage shoots upto 40% right from the word go.tried going from pillar to post reading different forums but no help.Ran a spybot check, Avast antivirus (no threats), Finally heard of Hijackthis and attaching a log file of the same.All i have noticed that its not a specific process that takes up the memory, its any available process.e.g if its iexplorer that takes upto 45000+K Mem (evene with just 2 tabs) if i end the process, it shifts the load to Svchost.exe and it starts shooting up.I dont understand what is happening! and would really appreciate any help on this one.ThanksArifHijackthin Log File:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:40:18 PM, on 10/6/2010Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\MoRUN.net\Secure Reminder\reminder.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\Media Gallery\ElbServer.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Sony Shared\SOHLib\SHTtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\PMB\PMBVolumeWatcher.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\NetWorx\networx.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\ISB Utility\ISBMgr.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel? Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exeC:\Program Files\... Read more

Answer:High Memory usage even with Idle system

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below I will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.Download OTL to your desktop.Double click on the icon to run it. Make sure all other windows are closed and to let it run uninterrupted.When the window appears, underneath Output at the top change it to Minimal Output.Under the Standard Registry box change it to All.Check the boxes beside LOP Check and Purity Check.Click the Run Scan button. Do not change any settings unless otherwise told to do so. The scan wont take long.When the scan completes, it will open two notepad windows. OTL.Txt and Extras.Txt. These are saved in the same location as ... Read more

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Guys I need some guidance hunting the cause of high System Interrupts level on a freshly-installed notebook. This is a hp g4-1117dx, with amd llano/hudson, A4-3300m, 4gb, crucial ssd, etc. no external devices used at all.

at idle i have an unacceptably high level of system interrupts, around ~30% cpu utilization. I've checked drivers carefully, but as you know, just because its recent and sourced right is no guarantee of success :cry
I've tried disabling all USB hubs via Device Manager, no change whatsoever.
tried disabling and uninstalling WIFI, NIC, GPU... none of that had any noticable effect. tried uninstalling and reinstalling the IDT audio device. no effect.

I have never used Process Explorer 'til now so I dont' know what I'm doing with it. it shows the general problem but drilling down I can't find the item that is sourcing this flurry - but then I have no idea how to do so properly. I read about xperf but it looks more complicated. I have pretty decent skills so not afraid to give it a go but wanted some advice

I'm attaching one of my shots. this is pretty much the story despite many attempts

thanks
 

Answer:High CPU Usage @idle: System Interrupts. Source?

Does safe mode give the same issue?
 

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Hey all. So I upgraded to 8.1 from 7 and I faced this issue where I have the same exact programs opened that I had back on windows 7, but now they are generating alot more CPU usage. I can't find any solution to this, other than installing 7. That fixes
it. On win 7 with the same exact enviroment (same programs opened, same page on google chrome opened, same exact everything) I get 1-4% cpu usage which is great. On win 8.1 however, with again everything the same, I get 18-30% cpu usage.
And it's all caused by windows' processes and stuff. Can't really shut them down because things won't work then.
I kinda like win 8.1 so I don't wanna go back to 7, but since my performance is crippled, I might have to. Any suggestions are much appreciated! I've tried some things that I found on the internet, but nothing seems to fix it.

A friend of mine has the same mobo and cpu as me, but when I did a test and created the same exact enviroment as on my pc, the usage doesn't go above 5% when idle.
I dunno what to do at this point.
Here's some screenshots of my task manager:
http://i.imgur.com/K3le1cX.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/x0qxCaw.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/FfV6ZBH.jpg
On this last one you can notice that there's a misterious difference between the user cpu usage and the overall, idk what causes that.
I tried doing clean install and have absolutely nothing installed and it still stays at around 15%

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I don't understand why my computer has become so slow, even at the desktop with nothing opened. I have 100% CPU levels nonstop and my computer responds poorly when applications are opened. Services.exe is particularly high when internet is opened and System Idle Process is high when my computer is just turned on. Please help fast!
 

Answer:Extremely slow responding computer - high CPU services.exe and System Idle Process

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Hello,

Since the past 3-4 days the process called 'System' has been constantly using approximately 35% of my CPU. The usage is pretty much constant all the time. Below you can find screenshots from task manager, resource monitor and process explorer.
In the past I've never seen this, leaving the PC idle dropped the usage down to almost zero, now the CPU is running at full clock 24/7, heating it up ~55C, which is mildly undesirable.

Attempts done so far to fix the issue, none has worked:
- Waiting. I leave the PC to run overnight, but it does not seem to help it.
- Restarting, done multiple times, no effect whatsoever.
- sfc /scannow, nothing found.
- Full virus scan, nothing found.
- The update settings has been set already to not to receive from other pc's. All updates are installed what windows update has to offer.

PC specs:
Acer VN7 laptop, running Win 10 Home 64bit. HW: i5-6300HQ, 16GB, GTX960M. All drivers up to date.

Answer:'System' process high CPU usage

Hi, you'll need to do some analysis e.g.
High CPU utilization by process

You can also try a process of elimination - does this happen after a clean boot/in safe mode?
If you can find a situation when it does not occur you may be able to work from there.

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After running my PC for a few hours, I often run into problems with CPU Usage. The "System" process will spike up once every few minutes once it gets going. This causes the screen and the audio on the PC to freeze momentarily. It will make a loud buzzing sound, because the audio freezes. It will recover after that, until the next spike. This makes watching videos/playing games pretty irritating. 
 
I find that rebooting my PC usually pushes back the issue a first hours for whatever reason. 
 
I'll give any information that is needed.

Answer:High CPU Usage by the "System" Process

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 
Louis

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Hello,

Since the past 3-4 days the process called 'System' has been constantly using approximately 35% of my CPU. The usage is pretty much constant all the time. Below you can find screenshots from task manager, resource monitor and process explorer.
In the past I've never seen this, leaving the PC idle dropped the usage down to almost zero, now the CPU is running at full clock 24/7, heating it up ~55C, which is mildly undesirable.

Attempts done so far to fix the issue, none has worked:
- Waiting. I leave the PC to run overnight, but it does not seem to help it.
- Restarting, done multiple times, no effect whatsoever.
- sfc /scannow, nothing found.
- Full virus scan, nothing found.
- The update settings has been set already to not to receive from other pc's. All updates are installed what windows update has to offer.

PC specs:
Acer VN7 laptop, running Win 10 Home 64bit. HW: i5-6300HQ, 16GB, GTX960M. All drivers up to date.

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Hi All--

I've got an unusual high CPU issue issue I can't seem to pinpoint. I'm hoping someone has some additional ideas. This problem happens every couple days. The only way to resolve is to reboot (not that big a deal but still annoying). When it occurs the SYSTEM process uses an entire core (25% of CPU). I've tried stopping all software and services that I can but the problem still occurs.

I've scanned my computer for viruses, spyware, etc. I use Microsoft Security Essentials, Spybot, and HijackThis!. I even downloading and scanned my computer with Sophos Anti-Rootkit. All of them turn up nothing!

My PC is a MSI laptop running Windows 7 Home Edition 64 Bit.

Windows Update is current. My drivers are current but it doesn't appear to be a driver issue (IMO).

Any thoughts? Any steps I could take to dig further? Anything?





Summary
Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i5 @ 2.30GHz 45 ?C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM
6.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. MS-16G5 (SOCKET 0) 28 ?C
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected])
(Illegal Vendor ID)
Hard Drives
94GB KINGSTON SVP100S296G (SATA) 36 ?C
Optical Drives
ELBY CLONEDRIVE SCSI CdRom Device
Slimtype DVD A DS8A5S
Audio
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Answer:Intermittent high CPU usage by SYSTEM process

That is the NT Kernel that is causing the spike. That is a essential part of Windows. It is what drives Windows. While yes yours is high, it is also something that is mandatory to run the system. So either you got a nasty rootkit installed that isnt being detected or your system is corrupted by something else.

Have you run the scans in Safe Mode?

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hEI TEAM,

I SEE A HIGH USAGE OF MEMORY BY PROCESS "SYSTEM". I SEE THAT IT HAPPENED FOR A FRESHLY INSTALLED OS WHEN AVG WAS INSTALLED. AFTER A WHILE THE MEMORY WAS FREE AND 'SYSTEM' PROCESS WAS USING 400K ONLY. pLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO FREE THE SYSTEM PROCESS MEMORY ?

tHANKS IN ADVANCE !!

Answer:hIGH USAGE OF MEMORY FOR SYSTEM PROCESS !

I would try to remove some of those programs, and can you list your system specs especially the amount of RAM you have and Hard Drive space.

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Hi everyone,
in Task Manager, the "System" sometimes starts eating 14~20% CPU and that persists until a reboot.
"System interrupts" (which is a pseudo process?) seems to do the same.

It doesn't happen from boot, and I don't know what triggers it.

Google searches suggest a driver may be buggy.

But which one?

How can I find it out?

Could I debug the system process using a tool to see what function a thread is in, for example? Somehow?

thanks

Answer:System process - high CPU usage after some time

Anyone?

edit:
High CPU Usage - Microsoft Community

Strange workaround by "Byoung-GyuOh"

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I've noticed that a lot of the time the 'NT Kernal & System' process in the Task Manager goes on overdrive. It always happens when my Internet connection cuts out. It must be related because normally it's on (or close to) 0%. I then have to restart the PC sometimes every 10 - 15 minutes (unless I'm not using the Internet). It's driving me mad.
I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD. This problem has been going on for over a week now and I've tried all kinds of things.... uninstall/reinstall my Network card, update my Network card driver, virus/spyware/adware/malware scans, reinstalled Windows 7 (as an upgrade so I keep my files and programs. I'm stuck to just restarting my PC. I don't know what's causing it or how to fix it.

Answer:'NT Kernal & System' process high CPU usage

Take a look here CPU Usage

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Every three to five minutes the computer bogs down, task manager shows the System process at over 95 CPU, the other 5 CPU swapping between the other processes running, but the amount of free RAM stays at around 60%, about 300MB. The PF Usage barely goes above 200MB even when it's bogging down. This happens even when nothing is going on, all programs are shut down, and the busy light on the front of the tower won't even flicker, nor do I hear the usual 'thinking' sounds a computer makes when it given to much to compute. Then occasionally I get a stroke of good luck and the computer runs perfectly for awhile. A friend told me it might be inadequate RAM for XP so I have minimized XP appearances to basic, everything geared for the best performance, I have restored my HDD, erased my HDD, defragged my HDD, and am about to blow up my HDD. I use Advanced System Care, SmartRAM, HijackThis, CCleaner, and TrendMicro Online Scan religiously, but other than some tracking cookies, nothing comes up. I really need a fully working computer in a very short amount of time so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Computer Stats:

Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
Compaq Presario
2.6GHz Intel Celeron Processor
512MB Ram, 120GB HDD
HijackThis Log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:18:42 AM, on 4/25/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16827)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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Answer:System Process with High CPU, Low Memory Usage

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:00:28 AM, on 1/16/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
D:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
D:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
D:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
D:\Program Files\Logitech\QuickCam\Quickcam.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
D:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
D:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\LBTWiz.exe
D:\Program Files\Logitech\Desktop Messenger\8876480\Program\LogitechDesktopMessenger.exe
D:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe
D:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\KHAL2\KHALMNPR.EXE
D:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\LQCVFX\COCIManager.exe
D:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe
D:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
D:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
D:\Users\me\AppData\Local\Temp\Rar$EX00.839\KillBox.exe
D:\Windows\system32\sdclt.exe
D:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exe
D:\Windows\Explorer.exe
D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE
D:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
D:\Windows\system32\DllHost.exe
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://google.com/
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This has been going on the fast few days
 

 
and lately when I search on Google, I receive unusual traffic from your network and I have to enter capcha (Sorry I do not have a screenshot).
Am I infected?

Answer:System Process high disk usage and unusual traffic

Hello, let's see how it is after a few scans.MiniToolBoxPlease download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run. Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.TDSSKillerDownload TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is required, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.AdwCleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool. Vista... Read more

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I've got a Port?g? Z930.
A process called "System" appears on the task manager when I unplug the PC from the AC.

I'd like to know why is it using high CPU (from 9% to 18%) and keeping my temps above 70?C.
It's very annoying, not only because of the temperature that hits the PC itself, but also because of the battery life, that can't go above 1 hour and 30 min because of this process.

It's not a virus, already CHECKED, don't ask.
Also, I don't know when it started or why, so please don't ask.

Thanks in advance,
Nicol?s.

Answer:Portege Z930 - "System" process: high CPU usage when on battery

Before we start discussion can you please tell us if you use original preinstalled OS that you got with your notebook and do you use Toshiba eco mode when notebook runs on the battery power supply?

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This problem began yesterday. I noticed my CPU was at 90C constantly with very high CPU usage (>50%). I had no major programs running. I rebooted several times and the program persisted.

1. I went into safe mode and everything was normal. So this rules out hardware issues.
2. I reformatted and everything was normal..but then after installing these few programs, the problem began again.
Programs:
-MSE
-Jdownloader
-iSkysoft video converter
-VLC
-Media player classic
-utorrent
-Chrome
-Firefox
-java
-Microsoft Office 2010 Pro
-Mp3tag
-Mp3gain
-Weather watcher live
-Xiliosoft audio converter 6
-Malware bytes antimalware
-Aimersoft video converter
-Boilsoft video joiner
-winrar
-7zip
-daemon tools lite
-coretemp
-drivers for dell wifi, usb 3.0, graphics
3. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 14z

Here is my hijackthis logfile:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:59:37 PM, on 2/24/2013
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\DAEMON Tools Lite\DTLite.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Weather Watcher Live\ww.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Renesas Electronics\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\Application\nusb3mon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\... Read more

Answer:Very high CPU usage, causing very high laptop CPU temps (90c idle)

Hello. First off, having utorrent effectively craps you out on this forum since it has a bad rep. Suggest you remove it and come back, start a new thread. That said, if you're familiar with Task Manager, check the CPU percentage on the processes tab (click CPU column to sort). This may help pinpoint which app(s) are whack.

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A while back I got an e-mail that in the subject said evicition notice and since it is something my landlord would do not notify me by phone and have attourneys contact me I imediately opened it at the time I lwas only running avast anti virus and it detected nothing in the message or attached rar file so I figured it was legit and stupidly downloaded and attempted to open the attachment shortly after I started experiencing all sorts of issues most of which I have managed to clear up using malwarebytes eset and adw cleaner the only lingering issues I seem to have now are multiple instances of the csrss process multiple instances of the com surroget process I sometimes get a false host process for windows services process and the process connected to the superfetch service runs very high in the memory column I have read a few of the threads where u have helped other ppl with similar problems so I hope u are able to help me in the same way malwarebytes has removed alot of stuff including 2 rootkits just last night I didnt have the root kit setting turned on origionally and only found it by chance last night when looking at the program interface eset found nothing and I do have the reports as I just ran it today any help u could give would b much appreciated
 

Answer:Multiple csrs process, com surroget process & fluxuating cpu usage superfetch running very high

I also have multiple host precess for windows services that are not connected to any service and do not appear in the process list where they should and when I end them it opens multple com surroget processes on top of the 2 that I already have so I wind up with 3 sometimes 4 com surroget processes and one that appears then goes away periodically eset detectsdetects nothing malwarebytes on the other hand detects 2 rootki

threat type location

Cidox.J.vbr phyical sector master boot sector on volume #0

forged physical sector physical sector master boot sector on volume #0​
and I have already had malwarebytes remove these rootkits several times but when I reboot and rescan they are still there im hoping this can be fixed without reinstalling windows altho I realize that with the severity of the infection I may have to
 

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Hey there. My name is Josh and I hope you guys can help me.

For some reason or another, my computer will randomly slow down and start eating away at my disk and cpu.
I can't pinpoint a particular program that causes it, but I'm usually running Firefox when it happens (I almost always have Firefox open) although it's happened even when Firefox isn't running.
When I check my Task Manger/Resource Monitor it shows a constant 99% CPU usage, but combined the programs only show using up to 3% of the CPU (Not counting System Idle Process of course)
The slowdown stutters back and forth, so sometimes I can move the mouse and click, but then 5 seconds later it's frozen up again.
During this time, Resource Monitor shows spiking Disk usage on my HDD and it's always (when it's there at all) from pagefile.sys.
It has some read I/O activity that's usually below 40,000 B/min, but the write I/O activity can regularly show between 50,000,000 and 100,000,000 B/min.
Thanks for any help you can give me!!!

Not sure if it matters, but here are my system specs:
EVGA 790i Ultra SLI
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz
OCZ 2x1gb DDR3-1600 7-7-7-24-2T
2 x EVGA 8800 GT in SLI
Primary HDD: Western Digital 250gb SATA-150

And here is my HiJackThis log text:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:29:47 PM, on 9/1/2008
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program File... Read more

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Hi,

I just bought my brand new laptop and have loaded Vista Ultimate 32bit onto it for about 5 days. I noticed something unusual about Vista's CPU usage while idle in the task manager as well as the Resource monitor.

I have attached two pictures to show my problem. Notice that my CPU usage is always at about 40-60% on both of my cores. However, the average CPU usage per process shows that it should actually occupy about 15% to at most 20% (by adding up all the highest average CPU for processes in the first picture). The second picture I attached shows the current CPU usage sorted by max usage, and again it does not add up to 41%!

Although at 40-60% usage, I do not notice any major performance impacts, as both cores are not loaded to the max. However, I do notice Vista chewing up more battery than needed when I have my laptop running off batteries. Because the max frequency for the processor would always need to be raised to around 60% even when idle (instead of say... 10-20%).

I have searched online for various problems relating to high CPU usage, and most of the responses are about tracing down which process is the culprit. Well, this is where I'm stumped because it all does not add up! According to the process view, everything is normal but my system resources are still get constantly chewed up by something invisible it seems.

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated at this point!
 

Answer:Vista Ultimate 32: high CPU usage does not correspond with process usage

Posting two more image to show this problem from the task manager...

Notice that the system idle process is 84, and yet CPU usage is 42? I always thought that:
CPU usage + idle process = 100?

Perhaps things are done differently with dual core processors? This is my first dual core so I'm not sure. The second image shows how both my cores are being used roughly equally, at around 50%.
 

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This is freaking driving me crazy. This is the SECOND Windows 7 system I've had this issue on and it completely cripples the computer.

Basically, whenever I downloaded anything, be it via uTorrent, Firebox, even speed tests, my CPU usage goes to 100% and nothing responded until the download it stopped or it finished on it's own.

Both computers lasted about a month before this started, both computers were TOTALLY different hardware. In fact one was a laptop and one was a desktop. Then just one day, poof, 100% cpu when downloading.

I've tested all types of downloads as mentioned above, uTorrent, speed tests, general file downloading, Windows updates, anything that causes bandwidth usage makes the process "System" sky rocket to 100%.

I've tried the normal things. Updating AV software, full system scan. Updated and ran Malwarebytes and ran a full scan. Ran defrag, ran check disc. I've posted HiJackThis logs else where, no ones sees anything out of the norm...

Now if I just format the problems solved for about a month or so then it will just come right back.

This only seems to happen to me with Windows 7. The laptop did it 3 times, each time I got about a month into the Windows 7 install and finally I went back to Windows XP on the laptop, problem solved.

Now my new desktop is running W7, month or so into the install SAME EXACT problem.

PLEASE can anyone tell me anything I haven't thought to try? I don't want to run an OS that requires 12 fresh installs a year.

Answer:High CPU usage by process "System" when downloading

It would be very difficult to know what the problem is precisely, but I would suspect that the problem is caused by some program that you commonly use (not PE), that is related to internet activity, or more specifically downloading. I would create a list of such programs, disable them all, and see what happens. If the downloads can then be performed normally, reinable each of those programs, one by one, until the culprit is found.

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Just got a new laptop... HP G62-224CA

Athlon II P920 2.1GHz
3GB DDR3-1066
Integrated Radeon HD 4250
Windows 7 Ultimate

So, my problem is, I was going to install Norton Internet Security, but something urgent (non-computer related) came up and I left the PC connected to the Internet. Came back later and installed Norton. But a little while later the Task Manager showed the CPU usage at around 40%, with the "System" process taking up the majority of that. That's pretty much all the info I can give; sorry if it's not a lot to work on. What are some possible causes of this problem? Since I got this computer and don't have anything worth backing up, would it be worth it to do a complete system reinstall, or would this be a fairly easy problem to tackle?

Answer:"System" process high CPU usage

Hi -

Nice to see you in these parts, but of course not under these circumstances.

I would remove NIS/ N360 and see if CPU calms down.

NIS/ N360 removal --> http://jcgriff2.com/NRT_N360_Removal.html

Per link at end, try MSE.

Kind Regards. . .

John

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Hello,
Basically I noticed that my PC has a lot of RAM used but no program is using the RAM - see attached screenshots. Obviously it doesnt really affect me until I launch a game: eg GTA 5 which before ran happily at 60 and is now stuck on less than 1 FPS when I get into the game (even after spending like 20 minutes in lag hell to try to reduce all the settings to the lowest)
However Rainbow Six Siege runs at 120 FPS with no issues, so GTA may be an isolated incident.


(Also important to note I only have 8Gb of RAM, even though it says */16.0GB for the committed memory)

Specs are:
Computer type:PC/DesktopOS:Windows 10CPU:Intel Core i5 3570kMotherboard:ASUSTek P8H61-M LE/USB3Memory:8Gb(2x Corsair 4Gb 1600mhz Vengeance) DDR3 CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9Graphics Card(s):NVIDIA GeForce GTX970Sound Card:Onboard 7.1 Audio (Realtek)Hard Drives:1Tb ST1000DM003-9YN162 ATA Device
1Tb Hitachi HDE721010SLA330 ATA DevicePSU:XFX PRO850WCase:Zalman Z11Cooling:Corsair H60 Water Cooler

Please help!

Answer:High RAM usage while idle

You might also want to post a screenshot of your start ups.

Cortana seems to be using a lot of memory for just being idle. If this is not being used, perhaps you might want to disable that. Your CPU also seems high for just being idle. I don't know if this 'jumped' while you took the screen image, but to me it appears that in these three images, your CPU load ranged between 15 - 36%, which seems high for your processor during basically idle time. You might want to boot into SafeMode and see what things look like. See HERE.

I would think you should see a noticeable drop in resource usage while in SafeMode. If that is the case, then it might be some software conflict.

You might have to disable one start up at a time, then test your system. If no change, go back and enable it, then disable the next one in line.

You might also be experiencing some memory leak some place, that might be the cause. However, you would have to identify which program or application. If you recently installed something just before the problem began, that might be a place to begin.

There is something that might help, at least until you get this sorted out. There's a free program called CleanMem.

I have used it for years, and I do have it on my Win-10 machine as well, although it does not indicate that it's compatible with win-10 (yet).

It will force the release of unused memory every 'X' amount of time. It's defaulted to every 15 minutes, but I have mine set for every five minutes. When... Read more

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Hi all, have this problem for a while now. Ram usage is extremely high while PC is in idle.I have 16GB and 99% ram usage and 70-80% is quite often.When i start the computer it's fine and then it starts slowly to increase to as i said 70-80 and finally 99%. Computer doesn't lag or lacks of performance even when 99% of the ram is used ?! If you know how to fix that s..t pls:) aa and that happens in win 10 and win 7 also:(

Answer:High RAM usage in idle ?

You might have the problem I had earlier in the year. BC helped me fix it with the microsoft link. The other link is my post last feb. Looking in task manager you should be able to find whatever it is that is hogging the memory.http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,153868.0.htmlhttps://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2889748However its very odd that the issue affects Windows 10 as well on same system. Guessing you scanned for virus's and its clean.

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Hi there,
 
I found this forum when my laptop was infected by qvo6, and I've removed that hijacker successfully using the instructions here (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-qvo6.com-browser-hijacker), thanks very much to all the volunteers!
 
Not sure if I'm being more sensitive to my laptop's changes because of the qvo6 incident, but recently I've found that my CPU usage is always high - at least 50% even when I'm not running any programs.
 
When I open Windows Task Manager the numbers in CPU never add up to 50%, so I'm not sure what process is hogging it. Once I open Chrome, it can go up to 80-90%, which hasn't really happened before (I usually can use Chrome, Firefox, iTunes, Microsoft Word simultaneously without any problems).
 
Would someone be able to help me with this? As mentioned, when my laptop was infected with qvo6, I ran iExplore, adwcleaner, malwarebytes and the scans are clear except for a "##### C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\XX_clean\prefs.js"
 
Appreciate any advice, thanks in advance!
 
ETA: First time user here, so please let me know if it's not the right forum for this issue.

Answer:High CPU usage (50% even when idle)

Please post a screenshot of Task Manager...which reflects this high usage.
 
Louis

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For some reason I have 2GB (out of 4GB) of RAM being and my laptop is slow in general. Even typing this it's lagging.

I take it this could be a virus?

Answer:High RAM Usage at idle

or you're antivirus... LOL

can you post a list of softwares you installed?

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Hey can anyone help me i thought formatting would help ..i changed my psu even that didnt help.i use windows7 ultimate..even when my system is idle the CPU utilization is 60% when i run additional programs the system restarts...i tried killing processes which occupied high cpu but some other process would occupy 50% again
i uploaded the screenshot of my task manager.....
Please help me..
TQ..

Answer:Cpu usage high even when cpu is idle

click on show from all users maximize the box and post another screeshot

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Hey guys, recently my W10 PC seems to be using a fair bit of CPU. I noticed this because my Battlefield 1 fps appeared to have dropped. First thing I did was roll back my nvidia drivers to the previous version, but then I noticed my cpu usage. I seem to be using 35-45% cpu usage at idle. I've never seen it go below 35% (In safe mode its around 2-3%).

Things i've tried:
- Sfc scannow at boot (it found & fixed a few things)
- chkdsk /f at boot
- Stuff from here: Windows 10 High CPU Usage Fixes
- Superantispyware scan

Hopefully someone will be able to point me in the right direction!
Thanks!

Answer:High CPU Usage at Idle

Hi, wsappax is related to Store apps (universal apps).

I'm wondering why explorer is using so much CPU time.

System and Compressed memory should normally be using negligible CPU time.

Presumably Defender (Antimalware) is active 'cos of other activity.

2-3% CPU use in Safe Mode is high... can you post a screenshot of your task manager in Safe Mode?

wsappax:
If you expand the selection, one, two or even three Windows services are listed: Windows Store Service (WSService), Client License Service (ClipSVC) and AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC).

AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)
Provides infrastructure support for deploying Store applications. This service is started on demand and if disabled Store applications will not be deployed to the system, and may not function properly.

Client License Service (ClipSVC)
Provides infrastructure support for the Microsoft Store. This service is started on demand and if disabled applications bought using Windows Store will not behave correctly.

Windows Store Service (WSService)
Provides infrastructure support for Windows Store. This service is started on demand and if disabled applications bought using Windows Store will not behave correctly.

====================================
You have 0 internet activity, so this is nothing to do with app updates.
A quick search on wsappx and CPU use does not suggest an immediate solution. I've found nothing on this forum on wsappx.

Have you recently installed any new apps since th... Read more

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Hey guys, recently my W10 PC seems to be using a fair bit of CPU. I noticed this because my Battlefield 1 fps appeared to have dropped. First thing I did was roll back my nvidia drivers to the previous version, but then I noticed my cpu usage. I seem to be using 35-45% cpu usage at idle. I've never seen it go below 35% (In safe mode its around 2-3%).

Things i've tried:
- Sfc scannow at boot (it found & fixed a few things)
- chkdsk /f at boot
- Stuff from here: Windows 10 High CPU Usage Fixes
- Superantispyware scan

Hopefully someone will be able to point me in the right direction!
Thanks!

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What the hell? How does that happen?
 

Answer:High CPU usage despite Idle at 99%?

Are you on a dual core machine? Or something with more than one core or CPU? If so, bring up Task Manager, click the Performance tab, click View on the menu bar, select CPU History and make sure "One Graph Per CPU" is selected. That way you get to see all your cores. This is the most common reason Task Manager will show conflicting CPU usage reports just like yours.

If you're not on a dual core machine/dual CPU, then something is seriously wrong. Try running System File Checker from the Run box: Start - Run - sfc /scannow (press Enter). If any files are corrupt in your machine, it'll need the XP CD to restore them to original digitally signed states.

Hope this helps...
 

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Hi all, have this problem for a while now. I have 16GB of ram and usage is extremely high while PC is in idle. 99% ram usage and 70-80% quite often.When i start the computer it's fine and then it starts slowly to increase to as i said 70-80 and finally 99%. Computer doesn't lag or lacks of performance even when 99% of the ram is used ?! If you know how to fix that s..t pls aa and that happens in win 10 and win 7 also
I checked task manager to see which process uses that much memory but nothing appeared to be out of order. Could it be some kind of virus ?

Answer:RAM usage too high in idle ?

Post a screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab showing memory info.

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whats up guys, i just reinstalled xp and my system is almost at bare essentials but for some odd reason my cpu usage is at 50% all the time and never drops below that. I ran hjt and the log was clean. i even posted it here and no one could find anything. I have no clue what it could be. Any ideas!!???

Thanks,
J

Answer:cpu usage high at idle

Easiest way to ID the culprit is to start the taskmanager and look down the list of services, a lot of open office progs seem to do this and other GNU licensed stuff, seems not to be as good as proclaimed, but taskmanager should soon tell you the culprit.

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Hello,
Basically I noticed that my PC has a lot of RAM used but no program is using the RAM - see attached screenshots. Obviously it doesnt really affect me until I launch a game: eg GTA 5 which before ran happily at 60 and is now stuck on less than 1 FPS when I get into the game (even after spending like 20 minutes in lag hell to try to reduce all the settings to the lowest)
However Rainbow Six Siege runs at 120 FPS with no issues, so GTA may be an isolated incident.


(Also important to note I only have 8Gb of RAM, even though it says */16.0GB for the committed memory)

Specs are:
Computer type:PC/DesktopOS:Windows 10CPU:Intel Core i5 3570kMotherboard:ASUSTek P8H61-M LE/USB3Memory:8Gb(2x Corsair 4Gb 1600mhz Vengeance) DDR3 CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9Graphics Card(s):NVIDIA GeForce GTX970Sound Card:Onboard 7.1 Audio (Realtek)Hard Drives:1Tb ST1000DM003-9YN162 ATA Device
1Tb Hitachi HDE721010SLA330 ATA DevicePSU:XFX PRO850WCase:Zalman Z11Cooling:Corsair H60 Water Cooler

Please help!

Answer:High RAM usage while idle

You might also want to post a screenshot of your start ups.

Cortana seems to be using a lot of memory for just being idle. If this is not being used, perhaps you might want to disable that. Your CPU also seems high for just being idle. I don't know if this 'jumped' while you took the screen image, but to me it appears that in these three images, your CPU load ranged between 15 - 36%, which seems high for your processor during basically idle time. You might want to boot into SafeMode and see what things look like. See HERE.

I would think you should see a noticeable drop in resource usage while in SafeMode. If that is the case, then it might be some software conflict.

You might have to disable one start up at a time, then test your system. If no change, go back and enable it, then disable the next one in line.

You might also be experiencing some memory leak some place, that might be the cause. However, you would have to identify which program or application. If you recently installed something just before the problem began, that might be a place to begin.

There is something that might help, at least until you get this sorted out. There's a free program called CleanMem.

I have used it for years, and I do have it on my Win-10 machine as well, although it does not indicate that it's compatible with win-10 (yet).

It will force the release of unused memory every 'X' amount of time. It's defaulted to every 15 minutes, but I have mine set for every five minutes. When... Read more

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Hi guys! I'm Pig and I'm new!

I got my pc 3 years ago. It's a windows xp sp3. Three days ago I reformatted my computer because of some silly driver glitch. (I couldn't seem to finish installation of my printer's driver and my wireless internet card driver for some reason)

Now with all updated drivers and such, usually my cpu usage ranges between 3% to 9 %. But it's jumping between 27% to 55% with no running program. I thought it was simply dust so I cleared them completely off, no dice.

My system is:
Windows XP sp3 Professional
AMD Athlon Processor LE 1640
2.59Ghz, 3.25 GB of ram (which I swore I though I threw 4gb of ram in my computer)

I dun know much about computers aside from playing games and Microsoft Word/Mozilla for schoolwork. Please tell me what other info is needed to solve this annoying problem. Thanks so much! Onegaishimasu!
 

Answer:Cpu Usage High when Idle

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Hi all,

I've got a problem with my PC - I've searched high and low but can't find a solution - any help would be really appreciated.

When it's idle I noticed that my CPU usage was hovering around the 20% mark (I only noticed as I could hear my CPU fan speed up). As soon as I move the mouse to turn the (blank screen) screensaver off, the CPU goes back to 0% usage.

I'm trying to track down the offending process using Process Monitor (in particular the Event Profiling option). The process that is affecting my CPU is svchost.exe - which I know is the host for a number of services. I checked the PID and using Task Manager, checked what processes this particular one was hosting:

UxSms
UmRdpService
TrkWks
SysMain
PcaSvc
Netman
IPBusEnum
hidserv
AudioEndpointBuilder

I also filtered my Process Monitor log to see events that were logged to that svchost.exe. What I found was an entry for every single directory on my C and D drives - see the following extract:

svchost.exe
1136
CreateFile
D:\MY DOCUMENTS\My Music\Music\FLEETWOOD MAC\RUMOURS (EXPANDED & REMASTERED) - DISC 1
SUCCESS
Desired Access: Read Data/List Directory, Synchronize, Disposition: Open, Options: Directory, Synchronous IO Non-Alert, Complete If Oplocked, Open For Backup, Attributes: n/a, ShareMode: Read, Write, Delete, AllocationSize: n/a, Impersonating: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM, OpenResult: Opened


svchost.exe
1136
SetBasicInformationFile
D:\MY DOCUMENTS\My M... Read more

Answer:CPU usage high at idle

Don't know what the logged events mean, but I think you may have a scheduled task that is set up to run when the computer is idle. If you can find that task you may be able to solve it. I don't know a way to find tasks that run when idle except to open every task and check its conditions and that's too difficult. But if you open a command prompt (cmd.exe) and run this you'll get a list of all running tasks:

schtasks /query | find "Running"

But chances are that when you run it after the computer is in idle, the task will stop. Put the code below in a text file and save it as .bat When you run it it will list all running tasks every 30 seconds, and it will include a time stamp too.

Code:
@ECHO OFF
:LOOP
TIME /T
schtasks /query | find "Running"
TIMEOUT /T 30
GOTO LOOP
And try Process Explorer, also from Sysinternals, instead of Task Manager. It's much better!

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Hi all, have this problem for a while now. Ram usage is extremely high while PC is in idle.I have 16GB and 99% ram usage and 70-80% is quite often.When i start the computer it's fine and then it starts slowly to increase to as i said 70-80 and finally 99%. Computer doesn't lag or lacks of performance even when 99% of the ram is used ?! If you know how to fix that s..t pls:) aa and that happens in win 10 and win 7 also:(

Answer:High RAM usage in idle ?

You might have the problem I had earlier in the year. BC helped me fix it with the microsoft link. The other link is my post last feb. Looking in task manager you should be able to find whatever it is that is hogging the memory.http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,153868.0.htmlhttps://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2889748However its very odd that the issue affects Windows 10 as well on same system. Guessing you scanned for virus's and its clean.

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I found out that my computer uses 58% ram when idle. I would like to know how I fix this and what is causing it to be this high. My computer currently has 16gbs of ram. Here are some screenshots from task manager. http://imgur.com/a/aKsMZ
 

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It appears my HDD usage is very high even on idle. What information do I need to provide in order to receive help?

Answer:HDD usage very high even on idle

First bit of information we need. Are you facing any problems other than supposed "high usage" of [insert resource here].

Or is your computer running just fine and now we are chasing geese?

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Hey,
Why is my ram usage so high, it wasn't like this before I updated origin. Now its just stupidly high on idle.
click here

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my ram usage is sky high on nothing have 6gig W7

if u need me to download and post anything pls just ask so i can fix the problem.

i uploaded my Task manager Processes, Performance and Resource Monitor memory.

Answer:High RAM Usage At Idle 80% on Nothing

Question : Do you oftely use software or games that are memory intensive? If so, Windows preloads them in memory so they load faster. That's the only explanation I have. The others will probably have more ideas though.

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Hi All,

Newby Randy here with an old issue that I need help with. I have a 9 year old Compaq 2590 P-4 laptop and lately CPU usage is always very high at idle. Painfully slow with XP-Pro and a gig of ram (max for this old machine).

I suspect I've been hijacked so I ran Hijack This and below is the log file. I'm prepared to reformat to fix this but maybe one of you gurus can advise further. Thanks Much.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:17:38 PM, on 12/26/2012
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASCORE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPConfig.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG511SCU\Utility\Gear511.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\avastUI.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\Notebook Utilities\HPWirelessMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe
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Answer:Cpu Usage High when Idle #2

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Hello Crew!!! I have been using a ThinkPad Z60t, running the OS WinXP Pro that came bundled with the Thinkvantage Software. I have had no problems with my computer for the two years I have been using it. I use it as much if not more then a traditional desktop, covering all aspects of my life, from business to gaming (although it is not a gaming comp, it does me fine). Recently, within the last week or so, I noticed a huge lag-like spike every minute or less, including when the system is idle and isn't playing anything. I ran McAfee as well as AdAware and found no issues out of the ordinary. After reading a few forumn posts, on other websites, I ran a processes check, with Microsoft based software "Sysinternals" and found that over 50-80% of my processor was being used by Deffered Procedure Calls (DPC's) and Hardware interrupts. I chose to reinitialize my entire system, back to factory settings, wiped it all. Guess what it is still doing it!!!!   I have completely updated my OS, and other forumns suggest that there is a hardware issue, or intermittent signal with the CPU or Motherboard, what can I do to test this theory or to find solutions, please help me!!!!!

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Hello Everyone,

Firstly, please forgive me if any of the below requests are ignorant, I am new to the world of troubleshooting Windows 7 this thoroughly.

Overview:

I have had a perpetual issue with CPU Usage and have tried several different methods of eradicating the issue without much success. After a lot of trial and error I do believe the issue lies with open services/processes that I am not confident of disabling. Could someone please help me understand or locate the resource hog.

Specs:

I currently have a new system: AS ROCK Z77 OC Formula Motherboard, Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge, 2 x Velociraptor 10000 RPM HDDs, 1 x Seagate 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, 1 x 160GB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD, 16GB DDR3 RAM, Nvidia GTX 670 GPU (4GB Version).

Core Issue:

When I first installed Windows my CPU usage was 0 at idle, now its 15%-25% at idle, and I can’t seem to find out why. Some may say around 20% isn't that bad but this is how it started with my previous system and then towards the end i had it at 90%+ and i had NO way to resolve that, so i want to address this problem before it gets out of hand.

CoreTemp manifests the following:

Core 0: 46-49C
Core 1: 49-53C
Core 2: 46-49C
Core 3: 43-46C

Processes:

I have 83 processes running and my memory usage is 2.46GB.

Here are screenshots of my Process view:




I have no viruses detected and either way my PC is hardly 3 days old.

In Conclusion:

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Answer:CPU Usage High at idle...Please Help..

Here is a list of some very good suggestions. I would start with msconfig/Start Up and NON Microsoft Services.
Optimize Windows 7

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Researching over the forums for this issue

Hi all, have this problem for a while now. I have 16GB of ram and usage is extremely high while PC is in idle. 99% ram usage and 70-80% quite often.When i start the computer it's fine and then it starts slowly to increase to as i said 70-80 and finally 99%. Computer doesn't lag or lacks of performance even when 99% of the ram is used ?! If you know how to fix that s..t pls aa and that happens in win 10 and win 7 also
I checked task manager to see which process uses that much memory but nothing appeared to be out of order. Could it be some kind of virus ?

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Hi guys,
When I open Windows Task Manager the numbers in CPU never seem to add up to the 50% that it says it's being using, so I'm not sure what process is hogging it. Once I open Chrome, it can go up to 80-90%.
Also when I'm in chrome and I enter an url it seems to take longer than usual and even not going to the address just staying in the blank page.
 
I got told that I should include screenshots from both task manager and process explorer.
 
PS: I'm a new user but I'm a bit tech savy and my most fear is that it is the beginning of hard disk failure.

 

 
 

Answer:High CPU usage even when idle (50%>)

Hello FrekkonYour Kaspersky is running very high. Uninstall and re install it. Have your product key handy.Some errors might occur when removing Kaspersky Lab products via the Start Menu or Control Panel. As a result the application may not remove correctly or remnants of the application may remain in the system.To fully remove the installed Kaspersky Lab product, use the Kavremover utility. Note that the utility deletes all activation data and you will need to activate your product after reinstalling.

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Hi

I have an issue with my CPU where CPU1 will stay at 60-100 % work rate when idle, and CPU2 is staying at around 20-60%. The rest are staying low at around 0-10% with a few minor spikes here and there.

I have unparked all my cores to try and get the latter ones to take some of the work away from number 1 and 2, but it doesn't seem to help much. I'm wondering what could be causing this. Im gonna give you a picture showing how this doesnt add up from my point of view, and i'll write my specs down.

Fyi my main problem is when i try to run games like Arma 3 (which has pretty horrible single threaded CPU usage as i understand it) and it doesnt have any juice to work with as it's only using my already overworked CPU1 and maybe a bit of CPU2.

Another odd thing to note is that the game runs smooth sometimes, and other times the FPS is so low when i enter the game and throughout the game that it's basically unplayable.

Specs:
- Intel Core i7-2600K CPU @3.40GHz
- 16 GB ram, 1600mhz
- 2x AMD Radeon HD 6900 crossfired
- 800W Cooler Master silent pro gold
64 bit windows
 

Answer:High (idle) CPU usage

First....I see you are using MSI afterburner, turn that off and see what happens. Next...I see you have and AMD 6900 series GPU and you're running the Crimson driver package for it (is that the BETA driver)....not possible as those 4xxx, 5xxx and 6xxx series GPU have been labeled as Legacy cards and no further support is available and the last known driver for them is the 15.7.1 package. That might be your issue right there.

I'd start off with turning off AfterBurner and then installing the correct GPU driver and then check your results.

http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop/legacy?product=legacy3&os=Windows 10 - 64
 

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Amount of information provided you can have a understanding of the system. Cannot figure out why using 2.08 Gb of memory at idle? Checking under Task Manager Performance. OS installed thru Elevated Command prompt at Language Option F-10. Hard Drives Clean All. H.D checked and verified.

Example: Tap/Start/Documents/Right Tap Favorites/Tap Location/Moved To Drive I: Moved the following folders: Down Loads, Favorites, My Documents, My Music, My Videos, My Pictures,

A.V. Norton Internet Security 2015 Running a Trial version looking for a good A.V. Turned off every possible option under advanced settings.

All software installed Auto Up-Dates disabled.

All of the hardware recently tested including memory with MemTest86_V5.00 10 Pass on each memory module then 10 Pass all modules installed.

System Specifications:

O.S. windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit. Full administrator use. Tweaked the OS following NickN Guide for Flight Simulator X. All of the bells and whistles for the O.S. are disabled.

THE FSX COMPUTER SYSTEM: THE BIBLE - BY: NickN - SimForums.com Discussion

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Answer:High memory Usage @ Idle

I don't see this usage as either unusual or abnormal.

Memory usage is always under the control of the system memory manager, the primary goal being to maximize overall system performance. It usually works very well.The system will always try to find some use for as much memory as possible, even if it is only of trivial use. Within reasonable limits the more memory you have, the more it will use. This memory usage is of course higher than necessary, and that is a good thing. The memory manager is using the large amount of memory available to improve performance. But if a large application needs more memory this usage will automatically be trimmed back, drastically if necessary. With 12 GB RAM that isn't likely to happen very often.

Don't be concerned over the low value for "Free" memory that may occasionally show. This number is of little importance and is often misunderstood. The value of importance is "Available" and that is very high. And that is good.

Don't be concerned that adding up the memory usage in the process list doesn't add up to total usage. It was never intended that it would. The default configuration doesn't show all process usage and there are major users of memory that are not processes, not all of which are shown in Task Manager.

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Hello,

I've had this problem for a while.

After I stop using my computer, at the 4th minute mark of being idle something sets off. I always notice it when I work next to it because the vents rev up, it becomes loud, which means more wear and tear, etc.

So first things first, open up the task manager and process explorer to see what's going on. However, as soon as I move my mouse (or give any input really) everything calms back down to 0% or 1% and I can't really see what's driving it. I still managed to snap this screenshot though.

As you can see from it, BitDefender seems to be the culprit. But I don't understand why because even when I turn idle scan and auto-update off, the problem is still here. So it might not be BitDefender after all.

I've also thought of Windows indexing and defragmenting services which were set to run at idle. Nothing is solved after switching both to off.

I'd like to know how can I find out what process exactly is causing the CPU to rise, that is, high disk usage.

Thanks for any help!

Answer:High idle disk and cpu usage

Just sounds like normal windows maintenance to me, mine starts off automatically after being idle for a few mns, they should settle down after a while, but as soon as you use the machine windows pauses the process

Event viewer might also give an idea of what it is doing

A way to see what process is doing it
Disable screen saver if it comes on after a few minutes
open up task manager on the process tab sorted by cpu

sit and watch it for 4 mins and you should see which process is running

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Hey guys, just installed a new Samsung 850 EVO SSD Dual Booting with Linux. Used what I believe is called a Retail Version of Windows 7 to avoid all the junk that was included with the Toshiba Disks. Seems recently Windows 7 is running at 50+% CPU and 30+% at Idle right after boot, is this normal for an SSD? And, I left it like this for like an hour just to see if it would calm down.

Right now running 82% CPU and 51% Memory with only Three Tabs open and nothing else...using Chrome. One my Yahoo Mail, Youtube music, This site and my Bookmarks Tab. I've looked around at what is running but nothing seems abnormal, any suggestions?

Nasty7

Answer:High CPU and Memory Usage at Idle

Hi,
This is windows updates time
Micro... has been playing cat and mouse on these download links so if they do not exist yet you might have to use the catalog to get them if the links don't work,
When manually installing updates you need to switch your update settings to Never check for updates and restart the machine first.

Make sure KB3020369 is installed
Win-7 32 bit
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down....aspx?id=46827
Win-7 64 bit
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down....aspx?id=46817

Then manually install KB3172605
Win-7 32 bit,
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down....aspx?id=53335
Win-7 64 bit,
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down....aspx?id=53332

After switch your windows update settings back to what you had prior and manually check for updates and the rest should show up shortly.

You must use Internet explorer to download from the catalog
Microsoft Update Catalog
You also have to right click ie and use run as administrator don't ask me why but the 2 recommended browser add-ons won't install unless you do,

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I've been trying to solve this issue for the past week with little to no success. My laptop is a Dell Vostro 1400, with Windows XP SP2 installed on it, with Windows 98 as the Base OS. I've tried reinstalling XP, thinking it was an issue with my install of XP. CPU Usage will read as 30% to as high as 90% with nothing but the desktop and key systems running. When I look at my proccesses though, the System Idle Process reads as 96 to 80%, which should make the CPU Usage 4-20%. This issue has been going on since the Windows Update last week. If anyone else has been havng this proble\m, or has a fi for it, PLEASE let me know, so I can stop slamming my head into a brick wall over this...Just in case, I did a HiJackThis scan. Here's my logfile for it.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:01:23 PM, on 1/10/2010Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exeC:\Program Fil... Read more

Answer:CPU Usage at high levels (30-70%), on idle

Hello, your log was movedfrom the XP to this forum because of safety considerations. HijackThis logs may only be posted in this forum and due to time constraints, we can only tell you whether or not your log appears free of infection or not--other troubleshooting can be done without a HijackThis log.Your log looks clean. It doesn't look like a malware issue, rather a possible problem with a Windows update and possibly exacerbated by the system being an upgrade from 98 and old. I suggest you repost your questions in the XP forum and this time don't post the HijackThis log. However, it would be a good idea to post a link to this log as some might find the HJT information useful.This topic is now closed.

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Ram usage is about 13% when idlem at desktop.
Here is a copy of HijackThis Logfile:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:33:36 PM, on 10/13/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\GEARSec.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
F:\Programs\Norton Ghost\Agent\VProSvc.exe
F:\Programs\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\srvany.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
F:\Programs\Norton Ghost\Agent\GhostTray.exe
C:\Program Files\ASUS\Probe\AsusProb.exe
F:\Programs\Logitech\G-series Software\LGDCore.exe
F:\Programs\Logitech\G-series Software\LCDMon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
F:\Programs\Logitech\G-series Software\Applets\LCDClock.exe
F:\Programs\Logitech\G-series Software\Applets\LCDMedia.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\msiexec.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Mike\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

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Answer:High Idle Memory usage...

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Hi all, I have an i5 x230, win8 pro installed on a crucial m4 msata ssd, 16gb of ram. I lately noticed a sharp drop in battery life. I believe this is due by high cpu utilization when idle, which I see from task manager, and shows the System process hovering above 30% cpu utilization. This goes down when I restart, but comes up again after a while, possibly when coming back from sleep. Does anyone have any idea about this? I tried to search the knowledge base a bit, but nothing came up. Thanks!













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Answer:high cpu usage when idle / x230

It could be the auto-cleanup maintenance process from windows 8, hate that thing.

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I've just done a factory reset on my Aspire One 725 laptop, and am getting serious performance issues. Opening a web browser (IE, Firefox or Chrome) takes 25-35 seconds. Opening MS Word takes 25 seconds, etc... Task Manager shows very high CPU usage even when the machine is idle (often sitting between 80-100% for a few minutes at a time, when NO applications are open in Task Manager). The list of Processes in Task Manager does not show anything using significant CPU however - just taskmgr.exe @2% and dwm.exe @1%. I have installed AVG anti-virus (free edition), but have temporarily disabled it and the CPU continued to sit at 90-100%. There was/is no AV scan running. I read somewhere that an old battery can cause problems on Acer laptops, but I tried removing the battery (and just running on mains power) and it made no difference. RAM usage is appromimately 50% (950Mb used, of 2Gb). This constant CPU usage when the machine is idle is rendering it pretty much un-usable. How can I work out what's causing it?

Answer:Aspire One 725 high CPU usage when idle

Sorry - I should have added that it's running Windows 7 x64, and the model number is AO725...

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I noticed a couple weeks ago my laptop's cpu fan had been cranking even when I was only surfing the internet or typing something up in Microsoft word. I've been monitoring the CPU usage over those last few weeks and when the computer is idle the cpu usage hovers anywhere between 25%-60% with no programs open.

I started looking around the internet for solutions. I did a full computer scan with Norton Antivirus which caught a few small bugs. Then restarted the computer and now it runs around 25%-45% when idle.

I downloaded Process Explorer to show more of what was bogging down the cpu. At the top of the list was "System Idle Process" in the cpu column reads between 60-70. Also AppleMobileDeviceService.exe in the cpu column is between 20-25. Everything else was close enough to 0 that it wouldn't make a difference. I'm not sure what this means or how I should go about fixing it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:High CPU usage when laptop is idle

Here is an Apple article I found about AppleMobileDeviceService.exe high CPU use.
AppleMobileDeviceService.exe is hogging up to %50 of CPU

Looks like a lot of people have this issue, and a lot of theories on how to solve it...

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Hello, I realize this is a general kind of problem lacking the easy to resolve details, but here is a problem that cropped up yesterday on my computer.

My CPU usage when no applications beyond the startup ones are running is 56%. This seems really high to me as I'd expect it to be pretty low when I am not actively doing anything on the system. Also, periodically I get lag spikes where my whole computer will slow to a crawl and I will be almost completely unable to do anything during this minute or so.

I am running Vista Home Premium 32-bit. So far I ran my Trend Micro Antivirus scan and a Spybot Search and Destroy scan with nothing that needed to be removed on either. To my memory I have not installed any new applications lately that might cause this. Any thoughts on what might be going on or what I should do to determine further details on the problem?

I realize this is a fuzzy post, but I'm hoping you guys can get me going in the direction I need to so you can figure out what is wrong. Thanks!

Answer:High CPU idle usage + lag spikes

There is no one answer fits all fix and it is very likely it is not malware.We can do some scans and see what shows upATFPlease download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.Click the Empty Selected button.If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select AllClick the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select AllClick the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".------------------------------------NextThe process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwareby... Read more

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Hi,

I have a lot of tabs opened in chrome, lets say, about 30. But when I don't do nothing, the CPU is being used between 25 and 40%, mostly by chrome.

But when I close Chrome and use only task manager I still get and average of 6% CPU usage and 33% of memory used. Coincidence or not when I started to move the mouse a lot I got CPU usages as high as 30%.

Some of process that are always working are: G-Buster Brownser Defense and IAstorDataSvc (32 bits). I'm using windows 8.

Can you help me ?

Cheers
 

Answer:High CPU and memory usage in idle

You may wish to use:

Startup_CPL
 

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So last night, my ram usage was around 30 percent idle. I turn on my computer today and the usage is 80 percent! Can anyone help? If you need anymore information just ask.

Answer:[SOLVED] High RAM Usage while Idle

Hi,

What are your computer specifications? (RAM, CPU etc.) Is your computer slowing down when you use it? Go to the Task Manager-Processes, what tasks have the highest usage? Also what programs are you running?

Steve

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my computer uses 29 percent on idle my phsical memory is at i have a 32 bit
system 3GB RAM and 5 GB page file but why is the usage so high
and it climb to 35 percent if i have it on for a couple of hours
but it used to stay at 17 percent on idle i use cleanmem
they all start when i changed my account to a different one i delete the my previous account
all i want is to get the memory usage down to normal
 

Answer:high memory usage on idle

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I noticed that after I wake up my laptop from sleep/hybernation (closing and opening the laptop) task manager shows that "system" is taking up ~20% CPU usage. Process explorer show that ntoskml.exe is to blame for the high CPU usage. Is the problem a faulty driver like the internet seems to suggest or something else? How can I fix this?

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For the past week and a half, I've had issues with my CPU constantly being used to full capacity. Upon looking at the Task Manager, it appears that my computer's System_Idle_Process has been using up everything. I've done a small amount of research and it would appear that this is a common sign of a virus. I've tried Rootkit scans, but they only discovered legitamate files- and a couple of unhidden ones as well... I'm not sure of what to do about this. I've run several antivirus scans, including antivir and malwarebytes, but the PC's not clean yet...I've done a hijackthis log to examine my computer's current state. Hope this helps.Thanks in advance.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:58:49 PM, on 7/29/2009Platform: Windows 2003 SP2 (WinNT 5.02.3790)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:D:\Program Files (x86)\geswall\gswserv.exeD:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exeD:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exeD:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exeD:\Program Files (x86)\a-squared Free\a2service.exeD:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeD:\Program Files (x86)\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\McSACore.exeD:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\ctfmon.exeD:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\HPZipm12.exeD:\Program Files (x86)\Secunia\PSI\ps... Read more

Answer:Windows Idle Process CPU Usage > 95% - Suspicions of Virus

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Hi All,

Im new to this forum but wondering if anyone can help, im having a bit of an issue with a fluctuating CPU usage. Seems quite loud as if the fan is over working, side panel is off and ventilation is good.

Im not really sure where to start i have done virus scans in safe mode also panda cloud to no avail,

I have attached screen shots of cpu/process tab.

If someone can point me in the right direction to diagnosing this issue that would be great.

Note: the system does not blue screen or switch off it just becomes extremely noisy.

Thanks

Dan

Answer:High CPU usage and (sounds like pc overworking) when idle

Have you perhaps updated chrome? If you kill chrome does the system settle down?
If so instead of the standard google chrome you might try using a chromium snapshot.
Use the zip package, not the mini-installer. Unzip the exe into a separate folder. I used folders under C:\Utils for my stand-alone no-install-needed programs. Always make a copy of your profile folder and the currently used chromium folder so you can back off if you get a snapshot that doesn't play nicely with the system.

The snapshots are often as stable or more stable than chrome releases. Try a few and see if you get one that acts more reasonably. Also there's a command line switch to set the maximum number of simultaneous chrome.exe processes. I don't recall it at the moment. But searching "chromium command line switches" or similar terms should bring up a page of them.

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Hi,

I just bought my brand new laptop and have loaded Vista Ultimate 32bit onto it for about 5 days. I noticed something unusual about Vista's CPU usage while idle in the task manager as well as the Resource monitor.

I have attached four pictures to show my problem. Notice that my CPU usage is always at about 40-60% on both of my cores. However, the average CPU usage per process shows that it should actually occupy about 15% to at most 20% (by adding up all the CPU usage for the processes). What is really odd to me is that my system idle process + CPU usage does not equal 100%.

Although at 40-60% usage, I do not notice any major performance impacts, as both cores are not loaded to the max. However, I do notice Vista chewing up more battery than needed when I have my laptop running off batteries. Because the max frequency for the processor would always need to be raised to around 60% even when idle (instead of say... 10-20%).

I have searched online for various problems relating to high CPU usage, and most of the responses are about tracing down which process is the culprit. Well, this is where I'm stumped because it all does not add up! According to the process view, everything is normal but my system resources are still get constantly chewed up by something invisible it seems.

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated at this point!

Answer:Vista Ultimate 32: high CPU usage when idle

btw, here is my system specs... I thought I put it in my signature but it's not showing up?

PowerPro J 10:15 (Compal IFL90 laptop)
Intel? CoreT2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz Processor
2GB (1 SODIMM) DDR2/667 Memory
1GB Intel? Turbo Memory (Robson) - (Vista Only)
160GB SATA Hard Drive at 5,400 RPM
Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive
4-in-1 Memory Card Reader (MS/MSPRO/SD/MMC)
Built-in Intel? PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11a/g/n
Built-in Bluetooth Wireless 2.0+EDR
Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)

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I recently installed an evga nvidia 8600gt video card. Vista 32 bit starts up fine but my idle cpu usage sits at 50%, and I can't shut down or restart properly and the system will hand after 30 minutes or so. I just end up having to hold in the power button. I have the latest drivers and it's still doing the same thing. When I pull the 8600gt out and put in my old 7300gs, cpu usage at idle is at 0% and vista shuts down and restarts fine. Vista runs fine otherwise and I can play games without a problem. Any suggestions before I rma the video card?
 

Answer:8600gt causing high cpu idle usage

I "RMA'd" my 8600 gt. Not because of the idle problem, but because it dawned on me that for $100 more I could own the 8800 GTS 320mb. It not only idles well but it's about 3 times better than the 8600.
 

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Hey guys,i'm new here. Anyway,ever since i came back from vacation last week(I was gone for 3 weeks),i have encountered this issue where my ram usage is extremely high on idle(50% all the way up to 75%).
It has made the main games i play(Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4) Unplayable(Fps drops to below 20 and for some reason it wont use my GPU and CPU to 100% like it used to). But anyway,apart from that fact,its bothering me that my ram usage is so high while idling or playing one Youtube video and having Skype and one other Facebook tab open.
My Ram usage used to be kind of high to begin with while on idle or playing videos(20% - 30%) but that has never bothered me before.
My specs are as follows;

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Intel Core i7-2600 @ 3.40
10GB Ram
1x1TB HDD
1x2TB HDD
AMD HD 5570 1GB

The only thing i did when i came back from vacation last week was install another 4GB Ram card,which made it 12GB of ram(Took it out since then) and installed a new 2TB HDD(Took it out but re-installed it today)

This is really really bothering me,since i run a youtube channel mainly centered around battlefield. And now i cant upload Battlefield 3 or 4 videos,i cant even play them let alone run them. i used to be able to run Battlefield 3 on low settings at much over 100 FPS but now i cant at all. Im sure it has something to do with my RAM and GPU. Please PLEASE help me,i did everything i could think of,infact im gonna defrag again,and run Advanced Systems Care 7. The ... Read more

Answer:Unusually High Ram Usage (48%-69% On idle) (Cant run BF3/4 Anymore)

Not supposed to run so high that svchost. Perhaps its a virus that you missed. Malwarebytes download and scan and report back soldier!

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So over the last month or so my computer was slowly starting to show symptoms. I fist noticed it when playing league. My fps went from a steady 250 to fluctuating between 60-160 fps causing random "attempting to reconnect" while the ping never moved. I spent a few weeks trying to diagnose when all of a sudden two nights ago it just starting running insanely slow. my mouse would do this slow motion acceleration thing when moving, bf4 started running between 14-26fps and in general it took forever to do simple tasks. My cpu was idling between 50-80% and loading a game would slam it to 100% consistently. I had a buddy look at it last night, and after extensive tests he said the hardware all checks out so he's pretty sure it's not a hardware issue. And after disabling all of my startup processes we've got it down to around 25-30% cpu at idle but it still wont do anything useful. when you load a game it still runs choppy. We also noticed when playing a game it seems to run almost smooth until you move the mouse to look around in game. Before this all started my cpu idled around 1-4% with all of my startup apps enabled.

Here are the computer specs.

mobo: Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0)
cpu: Intel Core i5-7600k
gpu: Zotac Nvidia Gefore Gtx 1060 6gb
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws V 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3000 CL15-16-16-35 1.35V 288PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:High CPU Usage at idle, Games now running at very low fps.

The "processes" tab of Task Manager ought to show what is consuming the CPU cycles.

And the answer is...?

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Hi guys! Just to fill you all in, i had some issues with my pc so i eventually formatted it completely, using a disc to freshly install the OS. Now after many days of messing around trying to figure out what is going on I see that with steam open(not downloading) and 4 chrome tabs, my memory is 5.5gb of 7.1gb but i have 8gm DDR3 Ram. I've noticed whileplaying some games that it is not much higher but applications like chrome and windows start bar are really slow or will freeze too. could this be related?
If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to help. I'm desperate!

Answer:Windows 10 memory usage for idle too high

Hi, FWIW with 2 tabs Firefox open, and a lot more small startups than you have, I'd bet, my RAM usage is around 3.4Gb of 8.

Could you please post a screenshot of your task manager showing the top 10 processes organised
a. by highest CPU use first
b. by highest RAM use first
(click the appropriate tab to organise)

Unfortunately your screenshot doesn't give this info.

What is gyazowin.exe? Guessing sthg you're using for the screenshot? And what's 'windows start bar' - do you mean the start menu, or some sort of program launch bar?
Thanks

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Hi guys! Just to fill you all in, i had some issues with my pc so i eventually formatted it completely, using a disc to freshly install the OS. Now after many days of messing around trying to figure out what is going on I see that with steam open(not downloading) and 4 chrome tabs, my memory is 5.5gb of 7.1gb but i have 8gm DDR3 Ram. I've noticed whileplaying some games that it is not much higher but applications like chrome and windows start bar are really slow or will freeze too. could this be related?
If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to help. I'm desperate!

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