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Idle System RAM/CPU Usage

Question: Idle System RAM/CPU Usage

Hey guys, I was wondering if this amount of RAM usage was normal, for just idling after startup:

To me, this seems pretty high and it can go anywhere between what you see here and 1.70GB at times! I notice many systems on here through screenshots being at or well under 1GB for just idling and not doing anything directly after startup, except for mine. I realize my notebook is a multi-touch touchscreen paired with a mutli-gesture mouse pad gizmo and that both must demand more system resources on account of these features than the standard would, but I don?t think those alone should be eating up that much of my RAM.

With that said, how to I pinpoint what is eating all of my RAM and what can I do to get this figure down under 1GB for system idle?

Before we go on let me address this first and foremost, I have NOT messed with startup threads/programs yet because I just don?t know what they are, what they do and if they HAVE to be ran directly at startup or not for the system to run. If you can help me through this as well I would be very grateful and will screenshot what you need to see in order to tell me what to get rid of and what to keep, if necessary.

Currently, this is not interfering with any of my computing tasks, but to be perfectly frank it scares me that my RAM skyrockets to a solid 3GB load doing nothing but playing simple flashgames in Furefox! Same thing for Sims 2 and Sims 3 ? that definitely should not be happening as TS2 demands only 256MB and TS3 only 1GB.

More concerning, is the fact that both of my core 2 duo T6600 processors are being maxed out. I don?t know if that is normal, or what the heck it is but this also concerns me a bit.

Just for the sake of keeping system loads low and stable for the future longevity of this system I would really appreciate some help here. Thank you!

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Answer: Idle System RAM/CPU Usage

I would like to see the Processors tab in task manager for starters.
It shows you have 87 processes going on after 5 min into your startup.
That is alot of garbage running in the background.
1.Do you have anything in your startup menu?
2. Could it be Media Center updating it database?
3. What virus protection do you have? Do you have it set to scan on bootup?

Here is a picture of mine to show you what my CPU and 2GB of memory is going right now.

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The title says it all. These service named System & System Interrupt kept utilizing 15~30% of my CPU most of the time even on idle. This caused some temp rise on my Surface Pro 3 at 54C~61C (on idle) which used to be 45C~54C (idle) Also Battery seems to drain faster than b4.
Did you face these issue or do you have any idea what had just happened~!?
Note: Have all the latest updates!

Answer:System & System Interrupt kept 15~30 CPU usage is Idle all the time in Surface Pro 3. Has this happened to anyone?

i do have the same issue with my surface pro 3, around 25/30 % cpu most of them from the interrupt system even when it is idle.
The problem occurs on windows 10, obviously under windows 8, eberything is ok.
I have found no solutions so far.

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This has been happening for over 2 months now, It happens around every 3 hours for about 20 mins each time, but it gets really ANNOYING. My friends said that I was lying and stuff so I invited one of them over and he saw it happen and he was stumped.

Here's a screeny:

Anyone got any advice?

Answer:95% CPU usage and 95% System Idle Usage?

There are times when task manager will misrepresent the total processor usage as well over 100% constantly. This is usually caused by one of three things :
1.Bad DriversMalware on the system
2.A Flaky Windows install - was this an upgrade or an old OS install?
3.A Problem with the motherboard (try a firmware update)

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First, this is not spyware. I have run every cleaner known to man, and followed advise on the hijackthis forum when i thought this was a spyware problem. MY COMPUTER IS CLEAN.

What is happening is, looking at the task manager the system idle process will be at 98-99%, which means there should only be 1-2% left at idle for other processes, but the CPU usage jumps and varies from 20-40%, while the system idle process is at 99%. Weird.

I ran memtest86, and it is not a memory problem. I am wondering if i have a conflict with my IRQ's? Could this be eating up my processor in the background? Here are my conflicts:

I/O Port 0x00000000-0x00000CF7 PCI bus
I/O Port 0x00000000-0x00000CF7 Direct memory access controller

I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/PM Express PCI Express Root Port - 2591
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF ATI MOBILITY RADEON X600

IRQ 16 Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/PM Express PCI Express Root Port - 2591
IRQ 16 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2660
IRQ 16 Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller
IRQ 16 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2658
IRQ 16 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C
IRQ 16 Silicon Image SiI 3512 SATARaid Controller
IRQ 16 SigmaTel C-Major Audio

IRQ 17 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2659
IRQ 17 Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
IRQ 17 Conexant D110 MDC V.9x Modem

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Answer:System idle 99% with 20-40 CPU Usage

I recently had this very same problem. Having a very humble AMD Athlon 1700xp, 256Mb ram system meant that it was very very restricting.

I found the problem to be McAfee's security suite. Likewise Norton Internet Security, in my experience, is extremely system intensive. After removing McAfee everything was back to normal.

Check the processes list in Task Manager. This should also give you an idea about what's causing the problems.

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 Can anyone help?My pc crashes (BSOD) quite regularly & has done almost since I bought it.The co. went bust shortly after I got it so I couldn't ask them.I've noticed that when the system is idling the CPU usage is going between 0% & 35%, could this be why it is crashing & if so can I sort it easily?I've reinstalled Windows twice already & changed the ram.System is Carrera Octan 64 ProRunning XP Home160GB HD (only 1/3 used)1.5GB ramAny help/advice appreciated  

Answer:System Idle CPU Usage

It's normal for the system usage meter to jump around periodically. Can you please send us your HiJackThis Logfile to help us better assist you? If you need the link to download it, go here: ...Flame

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My computer is running slow 90% of the time. When I go into task manager it says that CPU usage is between 80% to 100% at all times even when im not using the computer. One day it works perfectly and for the next week I can barely even use it. Before I take it to a technician I was wondering if there was anything else I could try.

Things I have tried...

Updated all drivers on my computer
Used windows update to get all system updates
Used Msconfig and disabled all startup items. restarted and still slow.
Virus scans
system cleanup
I even formated the computer once. It still crawls.

If there is anything you can think of or if you know what the problem is please please write back. This is unbearable and frustrating cause I cant figure it out. I would assume it was a motherboard or cpu problem but then the computer works perfectly for a few days. Thank you for reading.


Answer:100% CPU usage... 100% system idle...

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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:\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:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\avgas.exe
C:\Program Files\Sophos\Remote Update\imonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = htt... Read more

Answer:High System Usage when Idle

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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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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:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ZcfgSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ifrmewrk.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.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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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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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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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:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.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:\program files\marimba\tuner\Tuner.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
C:\Program Files\Zune\Z... Read more

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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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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)\\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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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 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.

It has just been going down hill for my computer, I don't know what's up. Here... Read more

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

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I am running XP Pro, with a PII overclocked to 392.. 256 RAM..(I know, not enough of anything), but has to do for now..task mgr shows cpu at 100% quite often.. system idle at 95-97 regularly...system freezes regularly. I have and run spybot. Also got the sisoftsandra2007, but cannot run the the complete system scan without it freezing.....any help without upgrading board, processor, and RAM??

Answer:System Idle Runs At 95-97% Cpu Usage...freezes A Lot

Welcome to BC! Well, I thought I would make a couple of comments here, although I may not have all of your answers for you, and my not have the answers you want to hear!ONE, system idle at 95-97 regularlyThis is a good thing. It means your computer is only using 3-5% of the CPU's resourses. System IDLE is just that, that amount of the system that is IDLE, not working.TWO,256 RAMis painfully too little RAM. Most performance issues start and end here. RAM is so inexpensive these days, even the homeless can afford more RAM! THREE,system freezes regularlyThat is the issue that needs to be addressed. Of course, overclocking your system is going to create a lot of heat, and possibly damage hardware. I know that overclocking your computer is the 'cool' thing to do, but if you really want to enhance the performance of a computer you must first make sure it has enough RAM. This would be number one! Doing otherwise would be like putting a NOS system on your car, even though the car has 4 flat tires! It won't help, and possibly will hurt. Performance in that car would be improved by putting air in the tires first, and I think this is what we are looking at here.But back to the freezing. Heat. Make sure all fans are working. Take the side cover off of your computer and blow out all of the dust, especially on the CPU cooler and the Northbridge cooler (which is usally located just below the CPU). Clean that computer up first, and report... Read more

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So, I just updated from windows Vista Ultimate 32bit to 64bit. I also upgraded my memory recently from 2gb to 4gb though i don't see how that would factor into this issue considering the ram is perfectly capable for my motherboard.

The issue is I'm seeing huge spikes in my system idle process. My computer will go from nominal performance to around 50-100% usage. My cursor lags and trying to navigate menus is impossible. The really annoying thing is that it was running alright yesterday but today it's kicked off my internet (it was working) and now it's practically unresponsive. I've scrolled through similar topics concerning vista 64bit but i haven't seen any other person's issue that looked similar to mine.

I've tried updating my drivers using a memory stick, downloading the chipset, graphics card, sound, and various other drivers on my laptop and then installing them on my desktop since i can't get the thing on the internet, but to no avail. My onboard lan refuses to connect to even my modem hooked-up directly, much less through my router. Sometimes it will act like it's at least connected to the router but i cant get to the router configuration utility through (it's a linksys router) which makes me think that the drivers i used to update the motherboard LAN weren't compatible with vista64 even though the site i downloaded them from the marvel yukon site saying that they were compatible with vista64.

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Answer:Serious System Lag, 51%-100% usage at idle, Driver Related?

What process, if any, does Task Manager pinpoint as being responsible for the processor utilisation?

"System Idle" is the image that keeps the processor(s) busy when there is nothing else to do, so by itself that's not a problem.

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hello Everyone,
I'm really in need of help,
My problem are :

1. CPU USAGE 100% that makes computer slow,
2. Network Connection is also slow (ex: Connecting to the server, Copy and Moving files from one computer to the other computers)

I already SCAN our pc using antivir updated version, run spyware and pc tune-up, but still got problem or no detection of Virus, worms etc..

Tnx and Godbless

Answer:CPU usage, System Idle, Network Connection - Need Help

My HJlog

Before i forgot here's my HJlog please read thanks

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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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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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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.

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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 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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HDD usages reduces life and uses power, its defenitly I dont want to see on my laptop. Am I right this is MSE, and why is it doing a scan everytime its idle? can I disable idle scanning?

scheduled scan is sunday 2am, today isnt sunday and its not 2am.

In addition if I run a quick scan its done in a minute, this hdd thrashing will go on for hours but then stops when I move the mouse pointer.

On my main desktop its more an annoyance than a big problem but I want to get the bottom of it.

My hdd light flickers roughly every second doing something, resource monitor shows the 'system' process. It does it even when no foreground apps opened at bootup.

Background apps are.

Logitech game profiler.
7 taskbar tweaker
windows 7 firewall control

and usual system services

there is more background apps which I start after bootup but they excluded as it happens before I start them. My 2 chief suspects are du meter since I think it logs usage frequently and windows 7 firewall control which I believe polls the windows firewall log. If I hammer the windows key on this system so the menu comes on and off it generates hdd activity as if nothing is cached, my laptop doesnt do such a thing, this desktop has 16 gig of ram as well.

so 2 problems in one post.

Answer:msmpeng thrashing hdd when idle, also on a 2nd system hdd usage

For the msmpeng issue, try a clean boot via msconfig. If the issue goes away, it indicates a conflict with one of the programs/services you disabled.

As far as the desktop machine is concerned, how long has this HD activity been going on? You can open Resource Monitor to see what's being read/written to.

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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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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:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\WebcamMax\wcmmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Smart Keystroke Recorder\sma.exe
C:\Program Files\USB Safely Remove\USBSafelyRemove.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:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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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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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


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:
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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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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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:

==================== 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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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 fault...i used fixvundo by symantec to resolve this problem....

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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:\Program Files\Logitech\QuickCam\Quickcam.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.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:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\KHAL2\KHALMNPR.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:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exe
D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = Read more

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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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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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So on Saturday of last week my PC started to run slow. I open up task manager to check what was going on and I am greeted with it showing me that I have very high CPU usage, and constant capped-out disk usage.
Over the course of the past few days I have reinstalled Windows 10, updated drivers, completely formatted my previous hard-drive, and just today I received a new SSD. However, my problem STILL persists, and I'm all out of ideas on what I need to in order to solve this.

My Motherboard is an ASUS Z97-P with an Intel i5-4690K processor. If you need more specifications, or a program to be run, then I would be happy to do so.

For further information, the system ran normally when booting from a Windows 8.1 hard-drive, and did have a blip of normal performance on Windows 10, but resumed misbehaving when the computer was re-started.

Answer:Constant 100% Disk Usage, 60-80% CPU usage. Both happen when idle.

in Task Manager sort by CPU usage and see what apps are responsible.

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okay. I'm running a windows 7 64 machine with an Intel Core i5 [email protected] 4 gigs of memory, ACPI x64, NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250...
ASnd the thing is my rig is sucking up 50-60% physical memory, doing nothing. I've turned off as many services as i can that I don't need, I've run MBAM and MBAR and MSRT and avast! and AVG scans to find nothing. I've changed from Zone Alarm and Avast!, to Comodo and AVG.

I still can't find this thing. I need help. I got Hijack this, and then I realized I don't even know what I'm looking at. 26 instances of missing or lost files. And now it looks like there's a new drive (E) on my rig that I didn't put there with 99mb of space on it...

Sooo. What should I do? I can usually stumble my way through this kind of thing, but I'm at a loss. OH! an instance of svchost.exe is currently at 175,812k and I just restarted. I dunno what that means.

Answer:57% physical memory usage at idle, no cpu usage.

Please do the following:Download the appropriate version for your system of the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive. (Choose the correct version depending on which architecture operating system you are using, 32bit (x86) or 64 (x64) bit)Plug the flashdrive into the infected PC.Enter System Recovery Options. To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:Restart the computer.As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.Use the arrow keys to select the Repair your computer menu item.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account and click Next.To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:Insert the installation disc.Restart your computer.If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.Click Repair your computer.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account an click Next.On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:Startup RepairSystem RestoreWindows Complete PC RestoreWindows Memory Diagnostic ToolCommand Prompt[*]Select Command Prompt[*]In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.[*]The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open.[*]Select... Read more

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On my friend's computer I am having this problem. Even when the computer is in use system idle process uses up 90%-100% of the CPU. This can be directly seen in the computer's overall performance. Does anybody know how to kill system idle process?

Answer:System idle process runs when system isn't idle

i think this is normal, i opened up my task menu and it take anwhere from 92-99 precemt of the cpu, now on you firends pc does the SIP (system idel pross) make his cpu usage high or just that its using 90-100 precent of the cpu

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hi again

well, this doesnt happen to me very often, but sometimes (maybe 1 in 20 boots) i get 50% (or near enough) cpu usgae when my pc is idle, i normally notice it when im playing a game and obviously i can clearly notice a decrease in performance.

If anyone knows why this is happening and if its meant to be happening could ya let me know :| and if needed could someone tell me how to fix it

ps- if its norton im soon gonna remove it and get avg anyway!


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 18:26:38, on 25/12/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
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Answer:50% cpu usage when idle

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So I've been working on my friend's computer for a couple of days now. She had been running a virus scan using AVG because the computer wouldn't let her get online and was running very slow. It found some infections and went to quarantine them when her computer froze. On a reboot, she got a blue screen about a Fatal Error.

I was able to get the computer into Safe Mode and then running again using the most recent configuration that worked. The CPU usage is still at 100% with no programs running are aoltsmon.exe (AOL top speed monitor), csrss.exe, and winlogon.exe. I set the priority of them all to low and the AOL executable was no longer a problem. The other two continued using about 50% of the CPU. After doing some reading, I found that some viruses disguise themselves as these executables. The blue screen was most likely due to AVG deleting one of them, right? Is it possible that these are not caused by viruses and is there any other way I can make them stop being such resource hogs? Unfortunately I didn't think to copy over the Hijackthis Log, but will the next time I have access to the computer if needed. Thanks for reading

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I notice the last few days my PC has been running slow. When I looked at the Windows task Manager my CPU Performance seems to be at 20-30%...Mostly 25%...Even when Idle with no Applications running in the background.
This isn't normal is it? In the past when I have looked at my CPU Performance it was always under 5% when Idle.
My Blue Hard Drive light on my case seems to be on most of the time as well?

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My Laptop was never run into this problem. My laptop (axioo PICO DJV) is became REALLY slow and laggy this very day. When i open the taskmgr it always said that the CPU Usage is 100%, even when windows is idle at the desktop with no any program running. I've tried many repairing utility (cleanmgr, defrag, uninstalling rubbish programs, readyboost, even System Restore) and none of them worked. The processor became really hot and always at the limit spot of 1,666 GHz, even when the windows is idle. Is there any way to fix it? since I can't use my laptop now because all programs will gone not responding. (sorry about my bad english, I didn't knew much)

Answer:CPU Usage 100%, even when idle

Work through the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 especially focusing on establishing a Clean Boot, using Process and Resource Monitors to monitor high usage patterns. If you'll report back results of each step we may have others.

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hello . i used eset smart security before this . then , i uninstalled it and use avg9 free instead . installed advanced system care too . but the problem is , my laptop get heat up faster and cpu usage is more than 70% when idle , and one application cost my laptop cpu usage never less than 90% . im using intel core i3 2.14ghz . 2gb ddr3 ram . i dont really know what details should i give , because i dont know much about this . it happens suddenly . hope anyone can help . thanks .

Answer:cpu usage over 70% on idle .

Many things run in the background in Windows 7. Your Task Manager can tell you, but it's probably nothing to be concerned with.

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This is not an issue but more a curiosity. I have the old Windows cup / ram monitor running as a gadget on Windows 10. When the PC is idle for a few minutes I notice the cup usage always spikes to around 10-13% and stays around that mark. As soon as I touch mouse and move it it then plummets to 0 or 1%. Is this normal? I wonder what it could be doing. It's not as if I can use task manager to see because as soon as I move the mouse or go to use the PC the usage returns to 0 or 1? I presume Windows is doing housekeeping stuff and it's a non issue?

cheers, Wayne

Answer:CPU usage when PC is idle

Ok, I left task manager open and waited for a few mins in front of computer not touching anything. The service that starts up is system and compressed memory. It's always about 13% and seems constant when machine isn't in use. Like I say, as soon as I touch the mouse and move it the service reduces to 0. The actual memory amount this service consumes is only about 50 mb.

UPDATE - so I left it idle quite a while, about 20-25 minutes. Long enough for my screensaver to kick in. Of course when I touched the mouse to resume desktop cpu usage was at 0. What was interesting is I looked at c: drive (SSD) which had consistently been 247 Gb free but it had risen to 252 gb. And when I left the machine idle again for about ten mins the cpu usage stayed at 0. So maybe whatever the system was doing got enough idle time to finish. It'll be interesting to see after shutdown tonight whether this cpu usage rises again when I switch on again tomorrow - am hoping not. I guess it's similar to what I saw on Windows 7 (still faithfully on my older laptop) where I would notice the available free space, on occasions, fluctuate (mainly rising) after a decent amount of idle time. I'm not one to leave my machine on for prolonged periods when not using it and as the Windows 10 desktop is newish and I'm almost always doing stuff/installing stuff at the moment to bring it to similar functionality to my other laptop (mainly games) it gets very little idle time for more than a few minutes at most. So I wond... Read more

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I have an AMD Quad 965BE, and i've noticed that when the computer is idle and i'm not using it, the CPU fan speeds up a great deal due to heavy CPU usage. I'm wondering if this is due to some service running in the background on Win 7 64-bit only during idle periods. It's a clean install so it shouldn't be anything i've loaded on that is doing it.While i'm using it, my CPU runs at about 86F and the CPU fan is inaudible. But when i'm away from the computer for a while, I can hear the CPU fan making a lot more noise due to being higher RPMs. When I get back on the computer, I check the temp immediately and it shows 105F. But immediately after I start using the computer again, the CPU load dies down, the temp cools, and the fan speed slows down again.I don't like this because the stock fan makes a noisy whine at high RPMs and I also don't like the thought of my computer running overtime when i'm not using it. Anyone know what the culprit could be?

Answer:CPU usage goes way up during idle in Win 7

They have a built in resource monitor to see what is causing it. Use it to see what is going on.Playing to the angelsLes Paul (1915-2009)

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I notice the last few days my PC has been running slow. When I looked at the Windows task Manager my CPU Performance seems to be at 20-30%...Mostly 25%...Even when Idle with no Applications running in the background.
This isn't normal is it? In the past when I have looked at my CPU Performance it was always under 5% when Idle.
My Blue Hard Drive light on my case seems to be on most of the time as well?

Answer:CPU Usage at 25% even when Idle?

Hello and welcome Uly5 for starters I would run these if you haven't already< if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2

ADW download from bleeping computer delete any rubbish found with themalware scans

(NBIf one is running Kaspersky security it may rant about ADW - just ignore it ordisable Kaspersky while the ADW is being used)
Also check in msconfig - Start > type msconfig and see what is starting up in the Start up tab and I would look at the running processes in the task manager.

Lets do that first then move on.

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My Win 7 Acer RAM (3GB) is running at 46% idle? This seems to be alot?
Though it does not increase that much with windows open, even when I open WMP and play music it only goes up to 49-50%.
I use the gadget on screen and double check it with task manager, they are the same.
This is more than the previous Vista Basic machine, which I returned, it ran at 40%?
Is there a way to adjust or sort this?

Oh, this morning it went up 99% and I could not switch it off, I had to hold the button to switch off?

Any help.

Answer:Win 7 RAM usage at 46% idle?

Open Task Manager > Processes tab > click on "Memory". There you will see which processes eat your RAM - ordered by size. Maybe you have too many startup programs. Have a look in msconfig and disable those that you do not need (which are probably all). On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with the system using all the RAM. I assume it's all paid for - LOL.
But when you have excessive usage (like the 99%), you can also kill the culprit process in task manager. No need to shut off the whole system.

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Hi guys,
I've tried Google, but without luck - hope you guys can help.
I have an old laptop, which is fine for what I use it for. Did a clean install of Windows 7 yesterday, but CPU usage is high - around 49-52 % even with no programs open. My fans er always on and extremely loud - the laptop is terrible to use in this condition.
I have installed Process Explorer, but do not know what to look for?
Can you help me?
Appreciate it!
Core2Duo T7100 1.80 GHz
Lots of free HDD space

Answer:CPU usage when idle = 49-52 % :-(

I'm gonna try reinstalling Windows.

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my cpu usage is fluctuating from 75% up to 90% when sitting on idle. when i attempt to do anything it takes forever and a day.

i have only just installed an HIS Iceq3 turbo, on a clean install of windows xp and the essential drivers, the cpu usage seems to be far too high.

although i know the card may be a little overkill for my system i didnt think i would have this amount of problem.

system specs:
NZXT Zero case (more than enough fans to keep system cool)
Asus A8R-MVP Motherboard
AMD 3700+ Sandiego Edition (Stock)
2Gb Corsair XMS CPT2 Memory running in dual Channel mode @ 2-3-3-6
2x WD Raptor 36Gb in running in stripe mode with 4Kb Stripe Size. (SATA)
1x WD Tb (SATA)
1x WD 250Gb IDE (IDE)
1x Pioneer 215 DVD Writer Black (SATA)
1x NEC DVD Writer (IDE)
1x Standard Floppy Drive
1x Creative Live! 1024 With Live! Drive Attatched
1x Realtek Ethernet Card
1x Enermax Liberty 620W
and now 1x HIS IceQ3 turbo HD3870

anybody know why i should have so high CPU usage when the only things installed and running are the drivers for all the components??


Answer:Cpu usage over 75% when idle

wrong forum.

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my dad's computer has 80%-90% cpu usage while idle.

in task manager, the process using the cpu is not there, so I had to run process explorer.

There's 2 processes using all the juice: Hardware Interrupts and Deferred Procedure Calls.

Everything's fine in safe mode, though.

anyone knows what's going on?

Answer:cpu usage at 80% when idle

I have moved your thread to the software forum as this would not appear to be a malware issue.

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i bought a new pc, and installed windows 7,
and in the ram usage gadget thingy. it shows 60% ram usage.
and the pc is idle, nothing is on, and i checked the proccesses and didnt see anything suspisios..
why is that?

i got 2g ram DDRII

Answer:60% Ram usage on idle.

Because you have 2GB of RAM and are running x64 windows

Post a snip of resource monitor on the RAM tab, and we can break it down for you.

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My CPU usage hovers between 25-30% without any programs (except explorer) running. This is causing my sound, CD playback as well as any other media etc. to skip/stall dramatically. A serious problem for me since this system is my DAW (and only source of income!) I have done complete scans with AVG, Spybot and Ad-aware. Nothing found by AVG except to note a change in the MBR?, though Spybot and Ad-Aware both discovered and eliminated 'threats'. As suggested in this forum under another thread, I tried unsuccessfully to install Livecare, but it errors out when trying to uninstall dotnet2.0. The 'Processes' tab under task manager is apparently no help as it shows 'system idle' at 99% at the same time the CPU usage is at 25% under the 'performance' tab. The CPU usage is a normal ~0-2 percent when I bootup in safe mode with networking. Words aren't adequate to describe how much any help will be appreciated.... Base System: AMD Athlon64 3200, 2 Gigs RAM, Primary HDD 2 Raptors Raid 0.

Answer:Cpu Usage At 25% At 'idle'

There's a lot of services and programs that are not turned on when you go on safe mode compared to normal mode.
Take a comparison between safe mode's task manager and normal mode's task manager

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Hey folks, I need your help troubleshooting here.

This is with a clean install of 8.1 from a MS ISO, downloaded and installed on Nov 14th. It is fully up to date.
This behaviour was not present with Windows 8, but I have done 3 clean 8.1 installs with the same outcome.

When I first power on my laptop, after windows is loaded, Core 0 on my CPU (i7 4700MQ) idles at around 90%, with task manager showing 11-15% CPU usage. System interrupts shows the most usage of all items on the list.

I have changed the minimum usage in power options to 5% for all power profiles. This behaviour is present under low power, balanced, and high performance power modes and doesn't change if I change them. (See Windows 8 task manager and 4th gen i7 ). In low power mode the usage is slightly less but is still present.

This processor usage continues as I run other programs, or as long as I let it idle without going to sleep.

If I put my computer to sleep, and then wake it, after idling for a short while..
all is as it should be!

I have the latest drivers for my chipset, GPU, WiFi, and Intel graphics (laptop has switchable graphics). This behaviour is present even with the OEM 8.1 drivers for these items.
All my other drivers are the ones released by my laptop OEM (Sager) in the last couple of weeks, specifically for 8.1.

There is a new BIOS that is being released by Sager (Clevo, which is the company that makes Sager branded laptops, has already released their "8.1" BIOS, I am... Read more

Answer:8.1 Pro idle CPU usage

So, I figured something out today..

If I unplug my monitor from the HDMI to my external monitor, the usage stops! Also if I boot without the HDMI in, there is no mystery usage. ALSO if I disable and then re-enable the ATI HD8970m, the usage stops!

This laptop has switchable graphics between Intel HD4600 and the ATI.

Anyone ever seen this before?

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The only real problem I have is when I am playing a video or movie, it jumps up to 100% and causes the video to freeze up for a few seconds. I've gone through msconfig and turned off a bunch of start up stuff that I didn't need. I went from having about 50 processes to less than 30 and have seen no difference. I then changed the performance options from the Control Panel to optimize the system for performance. I have defragged, scanned with AVG and Ad-Aware and still have the problem.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:48:25 PM, on 9/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\iaantmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\Module Loader\DLLML.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\iaanotif.exe
C:\Program Files\Ativa\USB AWGUA54\Wireless Utility\Ativ... Read more

Answer:50% CPU Usage at Idle


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Question: CPU usage in idle

I have question regarding CPU usage when my laptop has not have any application up and running (at least not by my request).
I have changed some of the Start Up in msconfig. Everything that I don't really need on immediate Windows start up I have not selected. That is fine.
But still absolutely randomly I will have my CPU usage going up and down from 1% to sometimes over 40% if not even more. Recently what has happened is that I left task Manager up (only, nothing else) in order to monitor CPU usage. While I was watching CPU usage was as I would say normal. 0%-7% up and down. After let say 45 minutes I got back to check again. I log on and much to my surprise I have noticed that my CPU usage in last, at least 10 minutes was constantly around 40%-50%. Strangely enough few second after I log on CPU usage has dropped down to the previous percentage.
I am talking over here about Acer 5378Z
T4300 Dual Core
WD320GB 5400
Intel Graph (up to 1.8GB share memory)
Windows 7 x64 Home Premium (with latest updates)

Do you have any idea what it could be?
I also scanned computer against viruses and malware. All clear.

Answer:CPU usage in idle

Hello bokiboss -

Do you have indexing enabled? Do you have antivirus program running a deep scan during idle times? Have you looking into the scheduler to see what gets triggered during idle time?


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Firstly, I'd like to say hi. After reading many posts (and finding many solutions to my vista questions) I now have a question/possible problem.

At idle, I have 50% cpu usage at times. It seems to be msiexec.exe. I have absolutely no idea why. Is this a normal Vista behaviour?

Second, at startup I have 67 processes running, then it jumps to 72, then back down to 67. I had this amount on my XP pro machine, but had probably over 60 different programs installed, as it was a shared machine with CAD programs, graphic design software, etc. Now I only have vista, adobe cs3, blackberry, and office...

And for my final question, Why does eSata not able to "hot-swap"? Is this normal as well (sorry, I've always used firewire for my external drives, but now I'm trying to use eSata)

My machine specs are as follows:

Gigabyte GA-x38-DQ6
BFG 8800GT OC2 512mb
4gb Kingston HyperX 1066
Intel E8400
LG SuperMulti-Blue DVD/BD/CD/HD
Antec Sonata III case
Antec 80plus 550Watt PSU
Seagate 7200.11 HDD (three 750gb)
Vista64 Ultimate
Kaspersky A/V
Blackberry client desktop

Any help is greatly appreciated...

I have run 3 full-system A/V scans (and since this is a clean install with no internet downloads on this system including no mp3 downloads, etc) it has come up clean as expected...

Answer:50% CPU usage at (please)

Why would the Microsoft Installer Component be constantly active on your system? That should only be active when you're trying to install a new program, so obviously something is trying to install on your computer that you don't have any idea about.

If not, then vista also defrags constantly when idle so you don't have to run the defrag program. You might want to see if disabling the auto defragmentation helps any.

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ook my computer is running idle and nothing is going on, i am just staring at the screen and it seems like a lot of ram is being used up...and i dont know whats eating 51% a little too high for an idle..if so, can u guys help me point down whats eating it all up? thanks and theres an image below

Answer:Might be too much RAM usage on idle

Depends on what apps you have running ,even if the PC is "IDLE".
I see "Firefox" running ,that is consuming around 40MB.There maybe other apps like these.

As far as possible disable/remove all UNWANTED apps from startup.Will help a lot in reducing RAM usage.

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This is not an issue but more a curiosity. I have the old Windows cup / ram monitor running as a gadget on Windows 10. When the PC is idle for a few minutes I notice the cup usage always spikes to around 10-13% and stays around that mark. As soon as I touch mouse and move it it then plummets to 0 or 1%. Is this normal? I wonder what it could be doing. It's not as if I can use task manager to see because as soon as I move the mouse or go to use the PC the usage returns to 0 or 1? I presume Windows is doing housekeeping stuff and it's a non issue?

cheers, Wayne

Answer:CPU usage when PC is idle

Ok, I left task manager open and waited for a few mins in front of computer not touching anything. The service that starts up is system and compressed memory. It's always about 13% and seems constant when machine isn't in use. Like I say, as soon as I touch the mouse and move it the service reduces to 0. The actual memory amount this service consumes is only about 50 mb.

UPDATE - so I left it idle quite a while, about 20-25 minutes. Long enough for my screensaver to kick in. Of course when I touched the mouse to resume desktop cpu usage was at 0. What was interesting is I looked at c: drive (SSD) which had consistently been 247 Gb free but it had risen to 252 gb. And when I left the machine idle again for about ten mins the cpu usage stayed at 0. So maybe whatever the system was doing got enough idle time to finish. It'll be interesting to see after shutdown tonight whether this cpu usage rises again when I switch on again tomorrow - am hoping not. I guess it's similar to what I saw on Windows 7 (still faithfully on my older laptop) where I would notice the available free space, on occasions, fluctuate (mainly rising) after a decent amount of idle time. I'm not one to leave my machine on for prolonged periods when not using it and as the Windows 10 desktop is newish and I'm almost always doing stuff/installing stuff at the moment to bring it to similar functionality to my other laptop (mainly games) it gets very little idle time for more than a few minutes at most. So I wond... Read more

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Before i give up and just delete this process all together, I thought I would ask people who actually knew what they were doing.
My CPU usage is constantly between 60-100% (almost always 100%) even when I'm doing nothing. In Processes, ftgrrifc.exe from AppData-Roaming takes up 40-50% of my CPU usage. Also, System Idle Process can jump anywhere from very low to near 50%. Skype.exe can also jump from nothing to 50% for a few seconds.
I would like my laptop to go to the good old days where i could actually play games/videos on my laptop. I am the only user on the laptop.
Microsoft Security Essentials says the laptop is clean, and Malwarebytes says I have no malware.

My operating system:
Windows Vista Home Premium 2007
AMD Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile RM-77 2.30GHz
RAM: 4.00GB
32-bit Operating System

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile RM-77, x64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2941 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 3100 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 291612 MB, Free - 146134 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, KSWAE
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Answer:CPU usage 60-100% when idle

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Question: CPU Idle usage

My CPU usage when it is in idle stay between 5% and 10% most part of the time...with some peaks of 20% some times(NOT really often at all)...

Is it normal? I have many svchost running background...I dont know if I can disable than...anyway...

My CPU is an core 2 duo E7500 at 2,9Ghz
One more question: I bought GTA IV and it drains very much from CPU(benchmark say 98% of CPU usage) msconfig, in the part of services, can I disable than all? One guy told me that I can and after doing to reboot...than the windows will only iniciate the services needed for the functioning of the PC...than when I start some task that need a service that was disabled this one will start it true?

Answer:CPU Idle usage

Hi there.....

dont disable all services... , just leave them if your not sure about it, there's a few links on the web which will help you ascertain which services you require & those you dont

here's one of them

in regards to CPU usage, head over to ''task manager'' via (ctrl/alt/delete), when the window opens select ''processes'' here you'll see what apps are currently running & the amount of CPU power is being used.

you could post a screenshot of the processes box here & we'll see if anything looks abnormal...

GTA4 is a rescource hog....its that simple.

top end machine still struggle with this game, & its pretty poorly coded for the PC.

looking at your specs, as long as you can play with some degree of fluidity & your not getting 10-15fps (like a lot of ppl do), then i'd be happy

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Question: CPU usage at idle

I'm having an unknown issue with a computer...when idling, with no background services or programs running, it jumps between 40-60% CPU usage in the task manager Performance tab. Under Processes, System Idle Process is at 99%, with nothing else showing up that isn't part of the operating system. In normal use, it acts like its doing something else so I'm betting the Performance tab is more correct than the Processes one. Scanned for viruses and ad/spyware with nothing showing up. Anyone know of anything else to try?

The processor queue is a bit higher than it should be at 2-3 nonstop, never dropping below 2

The system is a Duron 1GHz with 768MB ram, external video, sound, etc on WXP Pro/latest SP and hotfixes

diagnostic startup doesn't help

Answer:CPU usage at idle

This has to do most likely with the DPC Time Placeholder, or Interupts Time Placeholder.

This on my system is also giving me an annoying 4-7% idle jump in CPU while system idle process is at 99.. EDIT: Taskinfo download that to confirm this..Only thing that helps me is a reformat :\

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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:


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:

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

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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.

schtasks /query | find "Running"
And try Process Explorer, also from Sysinternals, instead of Task Manager. It's much better!

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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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Why is my ram usage so high, it wasn't like this before I updated origin. Now its just stupidly high on idle.
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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.,153868.0.html 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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Hey, again.

I'm just curious about what the average CPU usage should be if you're running a couple of apps i.e. Winamp and IE?

I'm using an AMD Athlon XP 1800+.


Answer:Normal non-idle CPU usage?

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Hey everyone, I have a fairly new computer I built with these specs.

Asus P8 Z77-V Pro
Intel Core I5-2500K 3.30 GHz running at 4.33GHz right now. The OC is very stable.
Asus GTX 670
16GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 2133
Crucial M4 512 GB SSD
Win7 64bit OS

This computer was built mainly for gaming, but I have noticed BF4 crashing lately and found a lot of processes running, (over 100) and my CPU usage going from 0 to 5% at startup and then jumping to 50% or more later on. It then stays about 45 to 50% CPU usage even at idle.
I know most will say shut down processes in Windows Task Manager until you find the one hogging all the CPU cycles, but i've tried that without any luck. The computer runs fine so maybe i'm blowing this all out of proportion. But my CPU usage is always around 50% and nobody else i have compared it to has CPU usage of over 8% at idle.

Malware Bytes and MSE did find a Trojan or two last week but it tests clean now.

Does that amount of CPU usage sound normal and what can i do to figure out what is using it all?

Answer:CPU usage running at 50% or more even at idle

Your system is infected. Clean install.

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My PHBs laptop has gone crazy - or something more sinister.

CPU is maxed out on the "System" process. Shutting down never fully completes - system hangs and mouse pointer does not move. Only the default wallpaper and the mouse cursor is on the screen.

According to him, he was giving a PowerPoint presentation using a data projector when the battery died. Back at the office the machine was plugged back into the docking station to charge up. After switching on, it was very "sluggish". He called me to fix it. First thing I noticed was the 100% CPU usage.

OK. What I've done so far:

Scanned for viruses and grayware - Trendmicro Officescan Corporate - nothing.
Scanned for spyware - Spybot S&D - a few tracking cookies.
Checked the event log - nothing unusual.
Checked device manager - no malfunctioning devices.
Checked "System Information" - IRQs, Conflicts, etc.
Cleaned out temp folders.
Turned off everything I can think of - e.g. system restore, hibernate, stopped MSSQL, BOINC, screensaver, etc.
Ran chkdsk.
Removed and re-seated the RAM and HDD.

Ran Process Expolorer which reports the following:

System Idle Process
--Interupts ~30% CPU
--DPCs ~55% CPU
--System ~15% CPU

If I start a Spybot S&D scan, ProExp reports that it (SpybotSD.exe) uses up to 96% CPU - so the above processes "back off" completely.
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Answer:XP SP2 hp laptop. 100% CPU usage when idle.

Does the same thing happen when logged in as a different user (or Administrator)? Also, does it happen in Safe Mode?

Sounds like you've already done the main checks. What I might try at this point is just leaving it sat there over the weekend (turn off any screensavers, etc), see if the process that's running finishes whatever it's trying to do, then check Event Viewer and see if you can work out what it was doing.

I might also be tempted to temporarily install a distributed computing project, like [email protected] or similar, and see if that runs -- because it's set on the LOW priority, I'd be interested to see if it gets a chance to do anything at all, or if this rouge process is actually taking up all the resources for a reason, if you see what I mean.

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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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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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My memory usage is at 50% when no programs are running. I just downloaded several updates and I'm not sure if that has to do with it, but restarting after the updates was unusual and restarting generally now seems to take longer as if there's a delay in the process of getting to the sign-in screen.

I don't tend to look at my memory usage but I did a month ago in checking my virus scan. During that scan my memory usage was essentially flat at 500 MB or 25%.


Added a shot of processes of all users while idle.

About 2.5 hours after posting I closed the installed programs window I was looking at and saw the desktop icons kind of flicker. I checked my memory usage at idle and it was down to 38%.

Restarted, back to 50%.

Answer:Memory Usage 50% at Idle

Sorry that you are having problem, but its easy to check
With system restore go back to pre update times. If memory is usage is back to normal that is the problem.
Now restore the updates one at a time, to find the culprit. Report back and lets see what we can do.
If uninstalling the upadates does not work, report back and we will test the memory and check for other possiblities.

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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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My PC has been doin strange stuff in the last 30min...LAG. AS IN 100% CPU USAGE even when I'm not doing anything.
This may be because my computer has been on for like 10hours, restarted 10min ago, or an infection...


Answer:Solved: 100% CPU Usage...When Idle :/

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I'm wondering if my idle ram is normal for Windows 10. It's using about 1.2-1.5GB on idle without any programs running.

On Windows 8 it my idle usage was 900MB - 1.1GB with no programs running and with all the same programs installed.

So is that a normal amount for windows 10? Does W10 just utilise more ram?

How much memory is windows 10 using for you?

Answer:Windows 10 Idle RAM Usage

JOGAN said:

I'm wondering if my idle ram is normal. It's using about 1.3-1.5GB on idle without any programs running.

On windows 8 it my idle usage was 900MB - 1.1GB with no programs running and with all the same programs installed.

So is that a normal amount for windows 10? Does it just utilise more ram?

How much memory is windows 10 using for you?

My system uses around 1.6 GB while at idle.

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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:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASCORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG511SCU\Utility\Gear511.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\avastUI.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\Notebook Utilities\HPWirelessMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe
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Answer:Cpu Usage High when Idle #2

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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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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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Hello, here is my problem. Starting on Friday (the 13th... go figure), my virus scanner (McAfee) detected the trojan "generic PWS.y" and tried to delete it, and then computer suddenly started to lag a lot and the temperature was a lot higher than normal, so I opened the task manager and found out that around 50% of the CPU was being used at all times (this fluctuates; rarely it dips to the 30% range but it is almost always at 50% or slightly higher when idle; when applications are running, obviously it goes much higher). From an online database I determined that none of the running processes were known viruses/worms/whatever.

Since then I have tried dusting out the inside of the case, running McAfee virus scan, running Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, defragging, running McAfee again in safe mode, running Windows Defender, using CCleaner, and running BitDefender's online scanner, but nothing changed. BitDefender did find the Generic PWS.y worm again, located at C:\Windows\system32\sdqnike.dll (but it could not be removed). This same path was labelled "suspicious" by Panda ActiveScan.

Since then I have done the five steps (with the exception of downloading IE Spyad, since the links provided did not work for some reason). The CPU (an Athlon 64 X2 dual-core) is still using around 50% when idle, and I'd greatly appreciate any help you can provide. Please be aware that I am not particularly good with computers, so if more information is needed, please tell me what it... Read more

Answer:CPU usage always around 50% when idle, may be due to malware

BUMP, please.

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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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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:
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I don't have much running in my processes, but I just noticed a few days ago I can hear my RAM squeaking away like when the computer is really trying to work hard like when I'm processing video or something, but now it's doing it all time. Under the task manager it says my CPU Usage is 50% constantly. I ran a full scan with Kaspersky and it didn't find anything, I have a hijack this log if it helps. Any ideas?


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:18:30 PM, on 9/5/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\Wcescomm.exe
C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\apcsystray.exe
C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
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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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I just recently built a pc

Asus P8Z77-v deluxe
3770k-not oc'd yet
Gtx 660ti
2 Kingston Hyperx 128gb RAID 0
660w corsair PSU
16gb corsair memory

I installed windows 7 no problem. I went to the website for my mobo and downloaded all the latest drivers, installed them no problem. However when i am doing nothing the cpu is always at 3% and spikes to 5-9% EVERY few seconds. I looked in resource manager and see that "System interrupts" keeps moving to the top for cpu usage. I researched it and people said that is could be a driver issue. However, I installed all the drivers from the website.

My Asus G73SW that I just sold had the same things(even more) installed and the cpu ran at 0% idle and rarely jumped to 1%. Why is a machine with twice the computing power using more resources to run on idle

Any ideas would help

Answer:3770k idle never under 5% usage in WIn 7


Originally Posted by monkey10120

2 Kingston Hyperx 128gb RAID 0

My guess is that it's your SSD RAID 0. As far as I'm concerned, SSD's are still in beta, no matter what the manufacturer's may say. I read a LOT of posts still (after what, 5 years) from people all having similar problems and manufacturers are still coming up with work-arounds, driver updates, blaming the BIOS, etc... so without really knowing any of the specifics and getting elbows-deep in the guts of your build, my first area of scrutiny would be your dual-SSD RAID.

Try pulling off both SSD's and install a standard HD in their place and see what happens.

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I know that you need to know what my set up may be but think of this question for face value. What kind of CPU usage percenatge would be normal for no programs running besides Windows 7, the AV


Answer:question on idle cpu usage

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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.


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.


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


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:

I immensely appreciate any help and if necessary am willing to ... Read more

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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Hey guys I'd like to know how to be able to minimise the RAM my system is using to be able to save more ram for games. Anyone have some ideas? I've got 1gig but without anything running I'm sitting at around 300mb of RAM at idle. With Windows XP SP2 Home Edition.


By the way why does this forum have such a nice font compared to other sites? I just copied it into Word and it's saying it's Times New Roman but it looks so much better than other sites using Times New Roman.

Cheers guys

Answer:Minimising idle RAM usage?

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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.

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Are these number's normal? Maybe I'm just not used to this from XP using about 200MB of RAM. I have 2GB DDR2 RAM and my GPU has 256MB. I can see the now. lol.

Answer:Idle Ram usage in Windows 7?


To me they seem right you might want to get more ram what bit are you running 32 or 64?

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How do I decrease it ?
Of all the PCs I have seen, mine seems to be the highest. Generally it is around 800mb to 1.3gb on average IMO.
I have checked Task manager and no program is using this much ram ? So what's eating it so much ?

Answer:1.7-1.8 gb RAM usage at idle [Win 7 64bit]

I wouldn't consider 800Mb to 1.3 GB RAM usage on startup with a 64 bit OS as either unusual or abnormal. I wouldn't be concerned.

Adding up the items in the memory usage column rarely provides meaningful results. The default numbers do not show full usage of the process and there are very significant users of memory that are not processes.

Memory usage in any modern OS is highly dynamic. The memory manager will always try to assign memory where it will do the most good to maximize performance. It will always try to find some use for as much memory as possible. Unused memory is wasted memory. Memory usage at bootup may seem high but that is only because there is currently no better use for it. Starting a large application will result in this usage being trimmed back as needed, drastically if necessary.

You could post a screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab but I really don't think anything is wrong.

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What may cause this to happen? my gpu usage sometime stays at 0, and sometimes it goes all the way up to 99% and stays there for 10-20 secs. sometimes it spikes and goes to 50-0-35-0-70-0 a.s.o and then it stops, and goes on like that. Im just afraid that it'll ruin my gpu since it does really heat up much more (up to 60 C) when the gpu usage goes up. And my normal idle is around 27-30 degrees. Is there anything wrong with my drivers? or may my cpu be the cause of this? i dont think it should unless i have any incorrect drivers installed. I'd be happy if you could respond with a proper answer that will make me realize what the problem is.

Gpu: Asus GTX 560 TI 2GB GDDR5 TOP OC: 985 Core Clock
CPU: Intel I5 650 3,33 GHZ W Boost.
RAM: 8 GB Kingston Ram
HDD: Hitachi 1TB HDS721010CLA332 7200 RPM
Case: NZXT Lexa S

Answer:GPU Usage Shifting on Idle

What are your background programs that are running when this is going on?

Also, it wont hurt your GPU at all.

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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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I have had this problem for a long time.
When I turn my computer on, I have to be lucky that it isn't in 50% CPU Usage mode. Most of the times when I turn my computer on the cpu usage is showing 50% on idle. Everything is lag, even surfing on the internet. And then I have to be lucky and restart my computer to make it normal again, to 0% CPU usage, I have reinstalled windows like 3 times, same result.
I can't remember anymore what programe I started, but it has the name explorer in it, it said that it was hardware interrupts that is causing the 50% cpu usage, but nothing more.

Here are my systemspecs:

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz Northwood 478 Socket.
Motherboard : MSI MS-7042.
Videocard : ASUS V9999TD, also known as nvidia 6800.
Ram: 1 GB PC2700 333 Mhz Ram.
HD: Seagate 7200 RPM 200 GB.
Soundcard : Soundblaster Audigy 4.


Answer:50% CPU Usage on Idle, it depends though.

Please scan your machine for spyware, virus or Malware using AVG antivirus.

Perform the entire scan, then install HighJackThis...

Scan the machine with the HTJ(^) and post the log here.

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