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99% CPU Usage, 98 % Cpu Idle Process

Question: 99% CPU Usage, 98 % Cpu Idle Process

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

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

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

And here is my HiJackThis log text:

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

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896" target="_blank" class="invilink">http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896" target="_blank" class="invilink">http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157" target="_blank" class="invilink">http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157" target="_blank" class="invilink">http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
O3 - Toolbar: BitDefender Toolbar - {381FFDE8-2394-4f90-B10D-FC6124A40F8C} - D:\Program Files\BitDefender\BitDefender 2008\Antispam32\IEToolbar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EVGAPrecision] "D:\Program Files (x86)\EVGA Precision\EVGAPrecisionWrapper.exe" /s
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://D:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\PROGRA~2\Java\JRE16~1.0_0\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\PROGRA~2\Java\JRE16~1.0_0\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - D:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O13 - Gopher Prefix:
O16 - DPF: {1E54D648-B804-468d-BC78-4AFFED8E262E} (System Requirements Lab) - http://www.nvidia.com/content/Driver...sysreqlab3.cab
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/ge...nt/swflash.cab
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @dfsrres.dll,-101 (DFSR) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\DFSR.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: BitDefender Desktop Update Service (LIVESRV) - BitDefender SRL - C:\Program Files\Common Files\BitDefender\BitDefender Update Service\livesrv.exe
O23 - Service: @comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\msdtc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\System32\netlogon.dll,-102 (Netlogon) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\psbase.dll,-300 (ProtectedStorage) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\Locator.exe,-2 (RpcLocator) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\locator.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\samsrv.dll,-1 (SamSs) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\SLsvc.exe,-101 (slsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\SLsvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\snmptrap.exe,-3 (SNMPTRAP) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\snmptrap.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\spoolsv.exe,-1 (Spooler) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\ui0detect.exe,-101 (UI0Detect) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\UI0Detect.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\vds.exe,-100 (vds) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\vds.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: BitDefender Virus Shield (VSSERV) - BitDefender S.R.L. - D:\Program Files\BitDefender\BitDefender 2008\vsserv.exe
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\wbengine.exe,-104 (wbengine) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\wbengine.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%Systemroot%\system32\wbem\wmiapsrv.exe,-110 (wmiApSrv) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\wbem\WmiApSrv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe,-101 (WMPNetworkSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: BitDefender Communicator (XCOMM) - BitDefender - C:\Program Files\Common Files\BitDefender\BitDefender Communicator\xcommsvr.exe

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Preferred Solution: 99% CPU Usage, 98 % Cpu Idle Process

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

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

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

Answer:system idle process+cpu usage!=100

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:very low System Idle Process mem usage

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

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

here is my HJT log

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

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ibmpmsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Juniper Networks\Common Files\dsNcService.exe
C:\Program Files\lotus\notes\ntmulti.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
c:\program files\marimba\tuner\Tuner.exe
c:\WINDOWS\system32\ZuneBusEnum.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Notepad.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ltmsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe
C:\Program Files\Zune\Z... Read more

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When I turn on my computer everything is just fine. After a few minutes the CPU usage shoots up to 100% and stays there. I've reinstalled Windows but still persists.

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

Answer:100% CPU usage by System Idle Process

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

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.mi... Read more

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

Answer:System Idle Process showing in CPU usage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:High CPU Usage System Idle Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.


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


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


Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

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


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

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

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

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

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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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Hey I just recently finished my new computer
amd x2 3800+
dfi lanparty sli-dr
evga 7800gtx
2 gig (1 gig x2) of ozc RAM
2x 250gb seagates

But for some reason recently the system process and no it's no the system idle process is using as much cpu as possible like 99% and really slows everything down and I have no clue as to whats causing it so if you have any ideas of what the system process is or why its using all that cpu please let me know because this stinks that a new computer is going this slow but it doesn't stay like that all the time sometimes it uses 50 or barely anything like 1 or 0

Edit: w00t 100th post :beard:

Answer:System (not the idle process) process use too much cpu

can you post a screen shot of your task manager please.

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

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

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

threat type location

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

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

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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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hi, the cpu usage jump from process to process, randomly.
one process is using 50 percent of cpu, for example icq, i close it.
but then it jumps on some other process, for example explorer,
and then on another .... randomly.
what can be problem. i have windows vista

here is log from hijackthis, thanks



Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 0:27:39, on 24. 6. 2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\explorer.exe
C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin\TSVNCache.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\SpeedFan\speedfan.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
C:\Windows\explorer.exe
C:\HJT\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Expl... Read more

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Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This 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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Question: Idle Process

Hello, I have a slight concern about my relatively new Thinkpad that I was hoping somebody here might be able to help me with. Recently I've noticed that task manager almost always reports my processor to be running at around 90-100 percent. And system idle process is usually taking up the majority of the CPU.
I've read that it's normal for idle process to take up a lot of the CPU when a computer is not doing very much. But it seems strange to me that my computer just recently started doing this. Why did the CPU idle at about 2 percent when I first got it but now idles at around 90? Also, if my processor is constantly running at around 90 percent, could the life of my battery be affected?

Thanks for your help!

Answer:Idle Process

System Idle Process normally takes up 98% or more of the CPU time.
You are correct that it's normal for the System Idle Process to take up over 90%.

If you run a stress test (such as Prime95) that will use enough CPU to let System Idle Process approach 2 % - then the system will run so slow that it will be agonizing.

I suspect that System Idle Process wasn't 2 % when you first got it - but that the System Idle Process wasn't visible at that time (as it's not displayed by default).

Regardless of what the numbers are, it's what your system is doing that counts. If the system is lagging, then problems with CPU utilization might be suspected.

As for the battery, yes it's possible for CPU utilization to affect the life of the battery - but I have found the most significant battery "killer" on my Lenovo tablet is the wireless. It cuts my battery life in half!!!

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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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My PC frequently locks up when the "System Idle Process" is utilizing around 98% of the CPU. What is this process and why should it be able to take over my CPU?
 

Answer:System Idle Process

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On task manager processes, this seems to be abnormaly high. Im pretty certain my pc has slowed down a great deal recently?Any ideas?

Answer:System Idle Process ~

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trouble computer slowing down to 0 per cent cpu time. System idle process takes 98 of computer time . Affects only internet access. tried lokking up system idle process with help but no information found. scaned computer with avast antivirus software none found. tried deleting system idle process but was not allowed.
 

Answer:System Idle Process

gogeo said:


System idle process takes 98 of computer timeClick to expand...

It means that the system is idle - not doing much and is using 98% in doing so.
Or 98% of the system is free from running programs and applications.

What is the System Idle Process and why is it using most of the CPU?
http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_system_idle_process_and_why_is_it_using_most_of_the_cpu.html
 

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My computer is so slow and i've noticed so many processes running in the background. System idle process seems to be a big one- do I need this? If not, how do I get rid of this. And what about all the others? I've googled them all and while most say they aren't spyware etc I'm not sure what to do with them nor what happens if I eliminate them. Can anyone help?

I'm running Windows XP on my HP laptop, have ad-aware, spy blaster, spybot, CW shredder so I think I'm pretty clean re: viruses etc. But this slow loading of webpages and other programs is becoming really annoying.

thanks

Answer:system idle process and others

Go to this site: http://www.blackviper.com/

He has done a great job on explaining what you can and can't disable. He also explains what each process does.

Cheers

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My PC seems to have similar issues that others have had that have posted. My System Idle processes seem to run at times to 95% CPU. PC seems to be running slower than it use to. Any suggestions? I ran the Hijack This and here are the results
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:01:48 PM, on 11/21/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\NavNT\defwatch.exe
C:\Program Files\NavNT\rtvscan.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MsgSys.EXE
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\CTHELPER.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\SK9910DM.EXE
C:\WINNT\GWMDMMSG.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\1.bin\mwsoemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnf.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Pro... Read more

Answer:System Idle Process

While I will leave it to a more qualified person to comment on your log, I would advise the "system idle" is a good sign when it's high.

It means the CPU is not occupied with any process. Mine is 92%-98% at the moment.
 

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I just got a new E6550 computer yesterday and the Idle Process suddenly clogged up to 95%. Is it save to end it?
I just left it like that for a while and it disabled my wireless internet.

Answer:System Idle Process

Hi andrew.lvp,

the System Idle Process should be left alone..it's not really using your CPU, it's showing how much of its resources are available for tasking.

It's a little complicated but there's a great post here which does well to explain things:
http://forum.osnn.net/showpost.php?p=13824&postcount=1

Hope that helps

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As the topic says, I opened Task Manager (WIndows XP Home Edition) and the "System Idle Process" is listed and is using anywhere from 80-99 CPU! it's weird......cause my other Windows XP Home box doesnt have this (tho, the other comp is a HP Pavillion ) It only uses 20k memory, but that CPU number is worrying me, cause games tend to be really laggy

any ideas?

HiJackThis log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 12:16:39 AM, on 5/19/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ezSP_Px.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ZONELA~1\ZONEAL~1\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Pyrenean\eDexter\eDexter.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Bluetack\Blocklist Manager\BlockMgr.exe
C:\mIRC\mirc.exe
C:\mIRC\Files\Books, Programs, & Misc\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,AutoConfigURL = http://filtered.by.eDexter/eDexterAuto.pac
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acro... Read more

Answer:System Idle Process using 80-99 CPU?

The system idle process is what is refered to as a sentinal process. It basically gives the CPU something to do when it does not have any other processes scheduled (this allows nicer code in the scheduler, since it does not have to have special cases when there are no runable/ready processes). Also, this process can be useful from an OS cleanup point of view (looks for deadlocks, etc.)

It runs at the lowest priority, and so will get cycles when nothing else is requesting CPU attention. So if you are not doing anything, then it is perfectly normal for it to have high CPU usage

Essentially what this means is that #'s as high 99% are perfectly normal so if game playing is laggy you need to look elsewhere for the solution.I would look first at disabling startup items that you don't need to start on bootup.Having too much stuff in there can slow your system down dramatically.The only things I allow to start on bootup on my machine are my anti virus and firewall.

Also go here:http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
and check out the service configurations,there are a lot of services that you can disable to help your system run better and faster

And I would also look into new drivers.
 

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it does appear to have a directory in the FS i am confused

Answer:[System Idle Process]What is it? why does it use a ton of CPU?

system idle process is the amount of time your CPU is sitting idle and not doing anything.

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what in the world is system idle process? i have been having issues with my destop for the last several months and when i go to task manager and check processes i see that 98-99% of the cpu is being used by system idle process. the system is old (1.9ghz.), but the hard drive is only 66% full. the disk shows 2 hairline red sectors. what is the major malfunction?
 

Answer:system idle process

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since about 2 weeks ago i noticed this pc slowing down at just about everything it did and i went onto task manager and it said that the system idle process was taking up around 72% of the processor usage.

why has it suddenly shot up?
 

Answer:system idle process...

The system idle process is just the amount of "nothing" your computer is doing.
Mine is currently at 85% for instance.

That doesn`t mean to say there isn`t something slowing your PC.

Could be spyware or anti spyware or anti virus.
Get rid of Norton/Mcafee/ if you have them.
Uncheck everything in msconfig startup folder except firewall/av.

The spyware thread is here
 

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[glb] sir,        sir iam using windows xp operating system and i have p4 with 256 mb ram with 80 gb hardisk. My computer was working fine and suddenly it has become very slow when i boot the system and the system is reading the hardisk for long time like 4 to 5 min and when i open up the taskbar its showing is "System Idle process" as 96% if i try to open any applicatio its taking long time to open. iam not keeping my system idle even though it shows "System idle process" as 96% how can i rectify this. please suggest me something. when i ever i boot my computer its taking *censored* lot of time to open some application. Thank you[/glb]

Answer:system idle process

The 96% is normal, look at the bottom of the task manager screen for CPU usage.

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This seems to be using around 50 of my cpu and 28k of memory.Can someone please explain what it is.Thank You.

Answer:System Idle process

It is quite normal for System Idle Process to use approx 95-98% of CPU, this does not affect the running of the PC.

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hello every body
my system is slowed down
and when i saw in task manager system idle process is 90 to 98 percent
i v tried regcure but no way.
i m using avg antivirus for network
____________________________________________
the hijack log is as under
:-
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:30:01 AM, on 3/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\ALCWZRD.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\ALCMTR.EXE
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Starter Edition\3.0\Apps\apdproxy.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\DAP\DAP.EXE
C:\Program Files\WinEnhance\mfr\mfr.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Vypress Chat\VyChat.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgem... Read more

Answer:system idle process 90 %

System idle process is the time your CPU is sitting idle so 90-98% is good.

Your HOSTS file contains garbage which needs to be fixed. You should open C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts with Notepad and delete everything in it following the "#" lines.

You also have a worm which you should ask the TSG malware experts to help with.
 

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i just reinstalled windows using a restore dvd to make my computer run like new again nice and fresh but imediatly after i boot up i notice its very sluggish and laggy. it cant be spyware/virus or anything like that because its fresh the only thing i notice under task manager is that SYstem Idle Process is using 99% of cpu. the computer will freeze up for 10 seconds somtimes then it catches up to itself like when i type somtimes no letters will show up then all of a sudden everything catches up its very frustrating. let me know if i should post any more information up thanks

Answer:system idle process

Hi 113H.

It could be that your computer is running updates for windows to bring it up to date after reinstall. This causes my computer to freeze and respond slowly.

I think high CPU usage on system idle is normal. System idle % is just whats not being used.

GG

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I noticed today in my task manager that 98% of system resources are being used my System Idle Process. I didn't notice that before, but is it normal? I only ask because my system seems to be running a tad slower than normal.

Thanks. :)

Answer:System Idle Process.

The time used by system idle is just that, time that the processor is idle. It's very good that's a high number, it should sit in the high 90's when you're doing nothing.

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In Task Manager System Idle Process shows 48 in the column headed CPU. What does this mean?CPU indicates 53%

Answer:System Idle Process

basically means you have a lot of progs running at once...System Idle Process normally (at idle) runs above 90%

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when i got to "windows Task Manager" why is "System Idle Process" high for? this slow everything down on my PC!!! How can i sort this problem out?
 

Answer:System Idle Process...

The System Idle process is simply accounting for all the unused time, it's not slowing you down. My System Idle process on this machine is hanging between 98-99% right now, system is working fine.
 

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The Problem:
When my computer goes into idle process/sleep, it freezes completely. It also freezes whenever I run a full system scan with MSE, regardless of what I'm doing to prevent idle process(moving the mouse, pressing keys etc). This problem also occurs when I run scans in Safe Mode.

My Computer:
OS: Windows 7, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-4100 Quad-Core, 3.6 GHz
RAM: 8 GB
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 610
-->Currently running two monitors
Hard Drive: Hitachi SATA 1TB
AntiVirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, most current version
AntiSpyware/Malware: SUPERAntiSpyware Free Version, no real-time protection
Other Precautions: Regularly run the commands: sfc /scannow && cipher /w:C: && CHKDSK (in safe mode)

Things I've Tested:
MSE Full Scan, SAS Full Scan, and Command Promp scans in Safe Mode: Freeze
MSE Full Scan, SAS Full Scan, and Command Promp scans in Normal Mode: Freeze
SAS Full Scan in Safe Mode: No freeze, low threat Adware detected
Command Prompt scans in Safe Mode: No freeze, no problems detected
MSE Full Scan in Safe Mode: Freeze
MSE Full Scan in Normal Mode: Freeze
Allowing Computer to go to sleep, no scans: Freeze
Using program GhostMouse to keep mouse constantly moving(no idle process): No freeze
Installing Norton 360 and running Full Scan in Safe Mode: No freeze, nothing other than low threat Adware detected (I uninstalled it afterwards, dont like it)

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Answer:Idle Process Freezing

Hello MKalashnikov and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have you tried uninstalling MSE and reinstalling a fresh copy? Perhaps the original install was damaged or corrupt in some way and didn't successfully complete. If that doesn't help you might want to see if an installed application or process is causing the freezes. You can do this by performing a Clean Startup (aka: Clean Boot.)

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Another possibility is damaged or corrupt system files. You could try running a System File Checker scan from an elevated command prompt (Option Two.)

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

And if still no joy, one of the Forum experts prepared this troubleshooting guide. It has helped many people isolate problem areas by explaining how to test hardware as well as software.

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

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Hello!
    I have this problem with my laptop. 90 % of time i use it sytem idle process kills it, i can barely open and browse a pdf file. i read a lot about it, not to worry but i simply cannot use it any more. I tried scans, defragmantation, cc cleaner, process explorer to find smth, to get an improvment nothing works. now of course it's at 99% and going...
   Help me stop this it's a nightmare.
Dan

Answer:system idle process 99

Please post the make and model of this computer.
 
Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  When  FileHippo opens, click on Download latest version in the upper right pane.
 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 

 
Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 

 
The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 

 
In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

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Hi
My pc has been a teeny bit slow lately. I have Microsoft Security Essentials. I try checking the windows task manager to see what was using up memory or CPU. 
I'm concerned with one of the processes I found on Windows Task Manager called "System Idle Process". What is it exactly and what does it do? Why does it use so much CPU? I haven't seen it before. I probably last checked maybe a week or two ago and it was never there until now.
 
It's image name is "System idle Process". It's User Name is SYSTEM. The CPU has a max of 98 and a minimum of 88 but lingers in the high 90's. The Memory (Private Working Set) is 24K. And the description says "Percentage of time the processor is idle".
 

Answer:System Idle Process CPU in 90s

System Idle Process is CPU NOT used so the higher the better.

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When I don't touch my computer for a while, I get CPU 100% (or CPU 50% on this dual core). As soon as I touch the mouse, in one second the culprit escapes. I know it's something under svchost.exe and I know I could see which svchost with Process Explorer or Svchost Viewer. But since the whole process disappears as soon as I touch mouse, it's pretty difficult to pinpoint. Svchost Viewer doesn't list all the processes in one screen, scrolling is needed. So it's basically always hidden and I can't scroll to it as that kills the process.

How do I find out what exact process inside svchost.exe is eating my CPU during idle? My goal is to prevent the offending process altogether from starting.

By the way, which settings of Windows Defender can cause this CPU 100% on idle problem, I didn't yet try shutting down all the settings there.
 

Answer:svchost.exe PID / process during idle

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I have a HP with a ADM 3000 2.16 GHz CPU. It was working fine until a few days ago. I brought up Windows Task Mang. and the CPU was running at %100 cap. It would do this for a few seconds and then drop back down to "normal" level. When I went to processes it was the System Idle Process that would randomly start using %93 to %97 of the CPU's total performance. What should I do. -Jeff

Answer:System Idle Process

Nothing.System Idle Process...is Windows' way of saying..."this percentage of your computer is not being used for anything by a program/process."The percentages for System Idle Process should normally be high...except that those percentages indicate non-use, rather than use of the system .What Is the System Idle Process?Louis

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my sisters pc which is an xp,is showing 97 cpu useage in the task manager "system idle process"her tower light is always amber instead of green ,all advice welcome.thanks in advance.

Answer:system idle process?

This is about normal, for XP it its exactly what it says the system is idling.

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My system all of a sudden got slower than honey in Dec. to put it nice. When I go to task manage I see "system idle process" usage at 60 - 100%. Looked system idle process up and this is the explanation I got:

When opening Windows Task Manager you may notice that the "System Idle Process" is high and be concerned about something using your system resources. When a computer or a processor within the computer is idle it will have a high System Idle process in the CPU column, often in the 50's to 90's. This is completely normal for a computer as it waits for something to do.

But this has been going on forever I would guess, why is it slowing my system down now and it never did before? it's so slow Xmarks normal take 15 to 30 sec. to sync. I stopped it at 2 min. As I am typing this ...I type 5 to 10 letters and everything freezes for 5 sec. then it fills in and freezes, then 5 sec. later I can type some more.

Something else is going on. Any ideas on this?

Thanks!
 

Answer:System idle process

Infection? What uses all the CPU in Task Manager? What are the highest users in the CPU Time column?

The idle process tells you how much CPU is available to you.
 

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Hi there. I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 and I have a problem with it. The problem is that when opening a browser it takes more time than it should. It's kind of got like delay before it opens. Even switching between windows there is a delay. Basically it's slow and can't run as it should do and applications takes a long time to load. There's absolutely nothing like a virus in my laptop i've got a anti virus and spyware programs so it's nothing to do with that. I think it's to do with the System Idle Process that's making it laggy and causing that delay when opening applications.
 
 
Can anyone help me out and fix this problem?
 
Thanks

Answer:System Idle Process

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

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Hi, I decided to ask for advice on this subject as i handle most things on my own, but i cant solve this.

Well, for the past week the System idle process has been hogging all my CPU.

Have done the usual investigative routes, scans, safe mode scans etc.

I have used my residential products: Malwarebytes, Superanti-spyware, Eset SS5 and have tried a couple of others being Hitman pro and Kaspersky on-line virus scanner.

Since the problem started i have been trying to think of any odd installations but nothing springs to mind, to that end i have already put two different OS's on the machine and the problem still exists even in safe mode! (Puzzled at this)

I have trawled all across the net trying to find a solution but keep going round in circles.

I'm Running Win 7 x64

Anyone with any id's would be great to have your input. Thanks if at all possible in advance

Answer:System Idle Process

The system idle process shows how much of the cpu is NOT being used. You want that number to be as high as possible.

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Hello,

I'm running Vista (business) on a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ190 (using Sophos as antivirus). Using Process Explorer I see that the system Idle Process is consistently taking up 90(ish) % CPU usage.

Looking at the threads posting I see two coming from the same Start Address:
ntkmlpa.exe!KiDispatchInterrupt+0x5a4

How do I calm down the CPU and/or kill the treads??

Answer:System Idle Process

Do you have the nVidia graphics processor?http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/199233/system-idle-process-ntkmplaexe-using-up-90-cpu-usage/

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Could someone please explain why System Idle Process... System alternates between 70-95 using only 16kCPU seems normal between 4-15%Im just curious as my system is functioning as good as ever with no problems to date.XP Home SP2 with Zonealarm Firewall and AVG AVRegularly run with updatesEWidoSpybotAdawareDefenderCcleanerRegscrubxp Thankyou for any feedback in advance

Answer:*********System Idle Process 70-95***********

My system idle process is fluctuates between 50/99 mostly it stops arund the 95 mark,this is normal as it will only go down as it is used so with 95 not a lot of processes are using the pc recources.

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sir,        sir iam using windows xp operating system and i have p4 with 256 mb ram with 80 gb hardisk. My computer was working fine and suddenly it has become very slow when i boot the system and the system is reading the hardisk for long time like 4 to 5 min and when i open up the taskbar its showing is "System Idle process" as 96% if i try to open any applicatio its taking long time to open. iam not keeping my system idle even though it shows "System idle process" as 96% how can i rectify this. please suggest me something. when i ever i boot my computer its taking *censored* lot of time to open some application. Thank you

Answer:system idle process

Virus scannersAVG Free-- Anti virus scannerTrend Micro Housecall-- Online anti virus scanner. Anti spy/malwareMicrosoft Antispyware-- Anti spyware scanner. Windows XP Home and Professional only.Spybot Search & Destroy-- Anti spyware scannerAdaware SE Personal-- Anti spyware scannerFirewallsUse both a hardware and software firewall. Be advised as dual software firewalls may cause problemsZoneAlarm Free-- Free firewall - more user friendlySygate Personal-- Free firewall - more configuration optionsRemoval toolsThe following files are not substitutes for the ones described above. They are either diagnostic tools or removal tools for malware of a certain kindHijackThis-- Manual malware remover. Post the HijackThis log generated only if requested!McAfee Stinger-- Virus removal tool. No substitute for a fully functional virus scanner!CWshredder-- CoolWebSearch removal tool. Widely known and persistant Hijacker.

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Using Win XP, from time to time my PC fails to respond because the CPU resources are running in the 90% range by the system idle process. This typically happens right after I boot up and virtually nothing will run because the resources are being used up. What is causing this? How can I fix it? Thanks!
 

Answer:System Idle Process

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what does System Idle Process is? or what it's purpose? i'm asking this because when i check my Windows Task Manager i notice that my cpu usage goes to 100%.
also what are all the svchost.exe ones?
is there away i can turn some of this off?
(sorry if the pic comes out too big)

thanks in advance.
 

Answer:System Idle Process

Look under task list at this site www.answersthatwork.com
 

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Just purchased two months ago a new PC, Dell XPS, and from time to time after I have been out on the web and I close explorer the system hangs… Another words, slow cursor movement and I cannot click on any other icons on the windows main page. If I check task manager it appears the system is using the CPU 50% through system idle process of 50% and Explorer at 50% or more – no other applications or services appear to be using CPU cycles. The Applications tab in task Manager shows no applications running. I have to reboot to restore system functionality. If I go to Task Manager after the reboot “System Idle Process” runs at about 99%.

Event viewer generally is not showing any problems or “System Hang” problems… The only issue I can see that is a “Warning” near the time this happens is Event ID #32026 & 32068, both related to The Faxing service that can’t start due to a hardware setting – one is missing area code. Modem settings are all blank and are not set up at all because I do not have a modem installed.

Any suggestions how to troubleshoot??
 

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Hi guys.

In task manager my system idle process says its at 99% (cpu usage) but the actual cpu usage says around 1-3 %.

Is this normal?

Thanks guys..

Daz.

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Hi,I've noticed from task manager that there is no system idle process running. Is this a problem and if so how to resolve it?OS is Vista

Answer:no system idle process

I just looked Task Manager in my Vista laptop computer and it also shows no system idle process.  This appears to be a difference between Vista and previous versions of Windows, so I don't think it's a problem.

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Hi there,

My computer's start-up is pretty quick and no problems there. But right after, the computer sarts working, the fans power up and the whole computer seems to be processing something. When I check "Windows Task Manager" the process "System Idle Process" is using about 100% of CPU. This lasts like 5 mins and I can't do anything to stop the process. (if it helps, there is no signs of internet usage during this period). As far as I found out, it's not related to how the computer was shut down. Even after a safe shutdown, this process keeps my laptop busy for at least 5 mins. I'd appreciate it if you could help me. Ask me if u need more info. Thank you.

Answer:System Idle Process

It is Normal for the system idle process to be at 100% What is keeping your computer busy is something else and if the system ilde process is at 100% it more than likely is not a system process that is holding things up. It might be something that is still loading up or an infection of some sort.

You can download process explorer from sysinternals and run it and post a screen shot here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb896653.aspx

Also Let's see if it is an infection Please to follow the next:

I recommend that you read this article? (Simply, click on the links to be re-directed.)

"Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? - First Steps";
http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html

Please follow the instructions very carefully; then, post all the requested logs and information; as instructed, in the
HiJackThis Log Help Forum.
http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...this-log-help/

Please ensure that you create a new thread in the HiJackThis Log Help Forum;
not back here in this one.

When carrying out The 5 Steps,
http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html

if you cannot complete any of them for whatever reason, just continue on with the next one until they are all completed.
However,it is extremely important to make mention of the fact that you could not complete any of the steps in your post to The HJT Help Forum;
http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...this-log-help/

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just a short one:

what is system idle process, and what does it do to deserve such a big CPU slot in Task manager? When nothing else is running it could go up to 90% CPU use.

Answer:System Idle Process

The processor always needs something to do. When their is nothing.... it processes the system idle process.

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Will affect the computer if i end the system idle process in task manager, its having over 80% of cpu?

Answer:System idle process

When the computer is doing nothing, then that percentage is high.To find out what each Startup(or Process) itemdoes or means, and any recommendation as to if you should close the process:http://www.answersthatwork.com/Task...Task List ProgramsORhttp://www.processlibrary.com/The Process Library

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Whenever I pop in a CD, my computer freezes over, and if I happen to get into the Windows Task Manager screen, it tells me that the System Idle Process is using 99 of my computer. What is happening here?

This also happens when I leave the computer on for too long

Specs: Acer Aspire 5101AWLMi
AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology
ATI Radeon XPress 1100
120GB PATA HDD
1GB DDR2
Sorry for the brief post and awkward posting of specs, I am in a rush and I just read off the label quickly

Thank you~
 

Answer:System Idle Process

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Hello! Haven't had an issues in months. Anyways... I have a malware/adware problem I believe. I used spybot search and destory and ad-ware se personal and they didn't find anything. Adware found some tracking cookies and spybot found nothing at all. It's even weirder because microsoft anti-virus is always set to I will monitor it myself because I have symantec and normally when I do a spybot check it pulls up the microsoft anti-virus override. It unforunately, didn't do it this time. I also ran symantec anti-virus and it didn't find anything. I then was like ... well i'll try running housecall just to double check that it isn't something wrong with my computer. I ran it twice today. Once I thought I closed the window which I didn't remember doing. Another one as I went to work and when I came home my entire iexplore was closed. I think it might be related to the problem I'm having. Anyways here are some of the symptoms:

Slow Loading Process of Windows XP
Slow Loading Process of Bootup programs
Slow Application Processes

It took me 10 minutes to boot windows in which it normally takes a minute at most. Then after logging in it takes another 10 minutes before I can even do anything on the computer. Normally this process takes 30 seconds. I checked my alt, ctl, del as well to see if there were any processes running in the background and I didn't notice anything. At first I thought it all looked normal. But when I reset the co... Read more

Answer:100% System Idle Process

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please follow the instructions in the below link and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions. If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going. Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not. Make sure that you are not still using MSconfig to control startups. This is mentioned in step 1 of the below.

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide
 

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I recently built a new box (2.8C, 1024 Corsair ELL, Radeon 9800Pro, XP Home) and I noticed on the task manager in Windows I have a "System Idle Process" that appears to be using like 90% of my CPU at all times, with only 20K memory usage. I can't do "End Process" on it ("not valid for this process") and I checked services.msc and ran AdAware and SpyBot without finding anything notable. Also in the "Performance" tab in Windows Task Manager, my cpu usage idle is single digits and things don't run slow at all. Should I be worried about this tiny little System Idle Process that windows is reporting with like 95 in the "CPU" column (I'm not sure if that's percent?) Thanks for any input anyone might have.
 

Answer:System Idle Process

Craftish said:



I recently built a new box (2.8C, 1024 Corsair ELL, Radeon 9800Pro, XP Home) and I noticed on the task manager in Windows I have a "System Idle Process" that appears to be using like 90% of my CPU at all times, with only 20K memory usage. I can't do "End Process" on it ("not valid for this process") and I checked services.msc and ran AdAware and SpyBot without finding anything notable. Also in the "Performance" tab in Windows Task Manager, my cpu usage idle is single digits and things don't run slow at all. Should I be worried about this tiny little System Idle Process that windows is reporting with like 95 in the "CPU" column (I'm not sure if that's percent?) Thanks for any input anyone might have.Click to expand...

ROFL read the name of it "SYSTEM IDLE PROCESS" it shows when your cpu is not doing anything. It is not spyware or adware. Start up other programs and it will go down.
 

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Excactly what is system idle process and why is it taking up all my CPU stuff??
Just wanna know..
 

Answer:System idle process???

The System Idle Process runs only when no other processes are using the CPU. Thus, when the CPU is idle, the System Idle Process is in action, executing special halt (HLT) instructions that put the CPU into a suspended mode and thereby cooling the processor. It uses up quite a bit of CPU time but very little memory.

Basically, it's reducing the amount of potential harm being done to your CPU by being switched on
 

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I was on a computer at school today (windows 2000) and noticed that System Idle Process noted how long the computer had been on (841 hrs.) When I looked on my computer for it, System idle process didn't list the up time of my computer. How can I see my up time using system idle process? I remember seeing a thread about this a while ago, but couldn't find it, and I tried google, but didn't know how to phrase my search. Thanks.
 

Answer:System idle process...

In task manager, in the processes tab:

Go to view - Select Columns, put a check in the "CPU Time" box and hit "Ok". Theres lots of other stuff in here as you can see too .
 

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My HP Pavillion became very slow suddenly. When checking processes in the task manager box, the system idle process is always running at values of 90 or more. Is this normal? I suspect this might be the problem but because it is part of the system, the computer will not allow me to shut it off. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:system idle process

yes that is normal figure to have when your CPU is doing nothing, mine is at 95~99% at present as all i'm doing is surfing the net with no other programs running apart from background tasks like AV, moving the mouse around quickly will change that figure as the cpu is doing something.

Have you defragged of late?

Also have you checked for Virii or Spyware? if not check this guide out READ ME FIRST BEFORE ASKING FOR SUPPORT: Basic Spyware, Trojan And Virus Removal jsut to make sure its not a virii/spyware thats slowing your PC down.

What problems are you having?
 

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When I open up my task manager, whether or not im running any programs, it reports to me that "system idle process" is using 99 under the CPU heading. Im not sure what that heading means, i walways assumed it meatn CPU usage. is it bad that it is running at 98-99 even if im not doing anything, or all im doing is writing this post? Im running windows XP btw

Answer:System Idle Process

The key word is idle. Idle means not doing anything. So having a high Idle Process means nothing is being used.

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Just wondering if it is normal that in my windows task manager it says my system idle process is using 88-99 CPU?
 

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System idle process is a measure of the idle CPU%. It's not actually 'using' any processing power and is perfectly fine.
 

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My System Idle Process seems to always have a high number in the CPU column. Is this bad?

I've done a bit of searching and downloaded the Processes Explorer and it said that the Hardware Interrupt was causing it... I took a screenie.

What do you think? Is this a problem? How can it be fixed?

Answer:System Idle Process using all CPU?

system Idle process is meant to be high, its when your system is well idle its not doing anything if you run another app u`ll see that cpu idle process usage go down and applied to that app.

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helloooo, Everytime I start a big program or game, my comp locks up, and when I ctrl-alt-del, My sysytem idle process is going nuts! I have win XP home with sp2. Thanx for your help!

Answer:System idle process

Hi trevorveaseyThe System Idle Process at 9x% is normal - that means nothing much is happening in Windows.The program or game locking up is not normal. I assume it is not the whole system locking up as otherwise you would not be able to bring up the Task Manager.Please give us an example of the programs that fail.Can you give us more detail about your system? Do you access the internet on that machine? Do you have up to date Anti-virus and anti-spyware? Have you done a scandisk and defrag recently? What size and how many hard drives? How much free space do you have? How much RAM do you have. Etc. etc.

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What is "system idle process"? When I call up task manager it is using about 99% of my cpu power when nothing else is really running.

Just curious.

Thanks.
 

Answer:system idle process

It's an idle loop the OS is running when the CPU has no other tasks to perform, ie - whenever you are not using the full capacity of your CPU.

Daniel.
 

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well i've been having problems with the computer running slow, and ive noticed that the system idle process in task manager always says 99 under the cpu tab, is this normal? -----xp pro
 

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Can anyone tell me what System Idle process does please.I have found this under the task manager and it does seem to take a lot of processing power at times.ThanksMike

Answer:System Idle Process

This is not a process. It is the just the remainder left over from all the active processes.Most of the time, hopefully, it will show 99%.

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I've posted below on what i thought to be memory problems but I've definitely narrowed my problem search down to one thing. In my task manager list of processes I have the following:

System Idle Process System 99

I've seen this only once before and I had to completely reformat my hard drive. Reformatting is not an option because this is a business computer with very sensitive data that I can't backup. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

Answer:System Idle Process

Repair your operating system.

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could someone please explain to me the purpose of the "System idle process"
from what i can tell, it doesnt do a great deal, it starts up at the most inconveniant times, and takes up 99% of my cpu resources.

*is it possible to kill it?

any information on it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hi my system idle process is always running ~75% of my CPU. What could it be? I have a P4 2.4CPU

Answer:Sytem idle process

Nothing to worry about. It can even go up to 99. That value is not in terms of percentage.

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i have a question about my task manger. my system idle process is running at 94% of my cpu and slowing down my computer. when i come back and my screensaver is on just the ones that come with xp nothing fancy my moniter settings pop up asking to be reset? any suggestings? and why would my system idle process run so high i just did a scan for viruses i'm clean!
 

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im having trouble doing anything on my comp here's my hijack this, by the way im new to this so patients would be appreciated.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:19:24 AM, on 6/24/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: Safe mode with network supportRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exeC:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcods.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ZcfgSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXEC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXEC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXEC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXEC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.allmusic.com/R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.... Read more

Answer:system idle process

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.My name is Syler, I will be helping you to solve your Malware issues. Whilst I am helping you, I wouldbe grateful if you would note the following: Please do not run other tools or scans unless I ask you to and follow all the steps I give you, in order.
Copy and paste all logs requested in you reply, Do not attach them unless asked too.
If you don't know or understand something, please don't hesitate to say or ask before you proceed with my instructions.
Please continue to work with me, until I tell you your machine appears to be clean. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear.
If I do not hear back from you within 5 days of my last post, then this topic will be closed.First I would like to see a new log since alot could have changed since your origional post.Download random's system information tool (RSIT) by random/random from here and save it to your desktop.Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT.Click Continue at the disclaimer screen.Once it has finished, two logs will open. Please post the contents of both log.txt (<<will be maximized) and info.txt (<<will be minimized)Thanks

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The CPU is constantly running at capacity due to the "system idle process" using it up. I don't know how to resolve this issue. Virus and spyware from Zone Alarm have not found anything. I do not know file extensions well enough to remove unused files. Searching the internet for each extension is a pain and not always helpful.

Any suggestions? If this was a previous post, I wasn't savvy enough to locate it and apologize.

Answer:System Idle Process

system idle at 99% is good, that how much of your cpu is available to use, it's not in use

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I was looking in my task manager and I have 40 processes running. Out of those 40, the process with the highest use of CPU is the 'System Idle Process' which hovers around the 95-100 range. What is it, and do I need it running?

I searched google for my answer but 1) I didnt understand some of the articles explaining what it was, or 2) it didnt even really explain it.
 

Answer:System Idle Process - What is it?

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Alright well im not sure its a problem but its bothering me so i though i would come here and check it out.

I ALT+CTRL+DEL to bring up my processes and i noticed at the bottom of that window that SYSTEM IDLE PROCESS is taking up 80-99% so i watch it for awhile and it doesnt go down at all, the lowest i seen it was 77%.

Now i have about 30-40 things running in the Background not a problem for my computer. I have 2 Gigs of RAM should be more then enough. but this process is really slowing me down.

What is going on?

-Thanks
 

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After a long and arduous journey of all 3 of my xp pc's all of a sudden acting really funky, freezing and crashing for no reason. now after a good registry clean and re setting the system restore point to a month ago all seems to be well. ... except now my system idle process is at 99% and the computer is very slow but my Ram is really low. Hmmmmmmmm. I think there is something behind the sp3 update everybody I know right now with xpSp2 is having mysterious computer problems. conspiracy? . ...Just a theory.

any thoughts on how to the stop 99% system idle process?
 

Answer:Sysyem Idle Process says cpu at 99%

The way to stop the 99%??

Run something! lol

The idle process is where the processor "idles" when there is nothing to do.
On a PC that is actually "doing nothing", 99% is normal.

You indicate ram is low?
How much is installed and how much is "available" and, what are you using to measure ram?

You may have a malware infection.

Download, install and run HiJackThis

Run the scan and save log file option.
When the LOG file opens in Notepad, select all, copy
Then, return here and in a reply post, Paste,

As well, you indicate you ran a Registry Cleaner.
This is not, and never is a good idea!
 

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Thanks in advance guys.

Turned my machine on earlier today and just can't seem to figure out why the heck System Idle is totally killing my machine. Even if no applications running, my pc is still incredibly slow, out of the blue. I ran AVG...zero viruses.

here my my HJT

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:03:22 PM, on 6/11/2006
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys\Wireless-B USB Network Adapter\NICServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\Mixer.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\RunDll32.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\Desktop Messenger\8876480\Program\LogitechDesktopMessenger.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v2 Configuration Utility\Rtl... Read more

Answer:99% System Idle Process

Hi

Your log is clean.

Are there any other problems, pop ups, browser redirects, system tray messages etc?

Have you recently installed any software or updated any drivers?

When did you last defrag your hard drive?

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what is System Idle Process ??? it is making my pc like freeze for like 30 sec when gaming , and when surfing the web,
System Idle Process CPU usage: LOW 41 HIGH 99 average: 84/94 (jumps)
it makes me want to throw my pc out the window !

i have has this PC for 5? years now and JUST now its doing this, I updated everything, even the BIOS still no help, HELP!?!

ASUS A8M2N-LA
AMD Athlon 64x2 4600+ @2.4GHz
COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520
2GB DDr2 @ 300.7 MHz
XFX GTS 250 CE 512MB
Thermaltake Black mouse
Ultra LS 600w

Answer:System Idle Process ???

The System Idle Process isn't a real process. For practical purposes it is simply a placeholder showing CPU time that is not being used. It cannot possibly be the cause of your problems. It is possible to have a system that freezes or becomes unresponsive while CPU usage remains low. One possibility is that the system is overheating. Be sure that all fans are operating, free of dust buildup, and external vents are not obstructed.

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