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Windows 7: CPU level stuck at 100% - Causing a lot of problems

13 Feb 2012   #11
Pimmalage

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1 (Build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Here is some general troubleshooting info:

Computer lags every couple seconds

You can also run sfc /scannow from a command prompt---repeatedly until it shows no errors.
Did the scan, no errors were found.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Skype is using a lot of memory.
See if this might be the problem ...

Quote:
LOGIN TO SKYPE
THEN TOOLS>OPTIONS>GENERAL SETTINGS
UNTICK "START SKYPE WHEN WINDOWS STARTS"
THEN SAVE
You can always start the program manually when needed.
I've tried exiting skype, and I think it's set to not open on start-up anyway.


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13 Feb 2012   #12
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Do the spikes happen even when your not actively doing anything? I.e. at times when the computer should be idle?

If so, if you sort the task manager window by CPU and sit there and watch it over time, does it ever show anything other than Idle a the top? Launching a program or having a program do something will cause it to spike of course, but just sitting there it should be mostly the idle process at the top.

If you don't see anything in the task list at the top over time while you have it open then I'd try running a separate CPU meter and see if it shows the same thing as the built in one (with task manager completely closed). And most importantly see if the problem goes away when you have the task manager open at the same time. Some viruses hide (stop working, even unload) from the task manager so you can't see them running. Seeing CPU use when the task manager is closed but none when open is suspicious behaviour.

If the problem shows up in a third party CPU meter, but then goes away when you launch the windows task manager, I would highly suspect a virus or other malware and proceed from there.

You can also try the tool ProcessExplorer (Process Explorer) from Microsoft which is a slightly more complex version of the task manager, mainly meant for programmers, but it does similar things and may show more information.
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13 Feb 2012   #13
Pimmalage

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1 (Build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Do the spikes happen even when your not actively doing anything? I.e. at times when the computer should be idle?

If so, if you sort the task manager window by CPU and sit there and watch it over time, does it ever show anything other than Idle a the top? Launching a program or having a program do something will cause it to spike of course, but just sitting there it should be mostly the idle process at the top.

If you don't see anything in the task list at the top over time while you have it open then I'd try running a separate CPU meter and see if it shows the same thing as the built in one (with task manager completely closed). And most importantly see if the problem goes away when you have the task manager open at the same time. Some viruses hide (stop working, even unload) from the task manager so you can't see them running. Seeing CPU use when the task manager is closed but none when open is suspicious behaviour.

If the problem shows up in a third party CPU meter, but then goes away when you launch the windows task manager, I would highly suspect a virus or other malware and proceed from there.

You can also try the tool ProcessExplorer (Process Explorer) from Microsoft which is a slightly more complex version of the task manager, mainly meant for programmers, but it does similar things and may show more information.
I've read through and looked at task manager sorted by CPU - highest to lowest, and i've noticed "scvhost.exe" spike quite a little.
i'll download process explorer now, and try out what you said.

I also noticed while watching youtube videos i get alot of lagginess on the video's regardless or resolution i set it to, and browser (Google chrome being the main browser i use).
I've re-installed my Drivers for my GPU, and showed no difference, although the CPU now remains at 20%, i'm still getting non-responsive windows throughout.
I'm really stumped by this problem as i can't really do much to identify it, only hitch i've got is it's crashing almost everything i try and do.
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13 Feb 2012   #14
Pimmalage

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1 (Build 7601)
 
 

Okay so i've sat for a little while watching process explorer, and opening and closing Task manager, also doing the same with desktop manager and looking at task manager.

And the only things i've seen spike, are: dllhost.exe and dwm.exe, but only to around 15-20 CPU.
It seems as if nothing on my cpu is going wrong but when looking at performance it's stuck at 100%.
And youtube video's are still sketchy as ever.
I tried to backtrack and think what might've caused this problem, and the only thing i can remember was a power outage around 2-4 days ago caused the laptop to power off as i run it with no battery in.
Other than that i don't think anything else could've caused it.
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13 Feb 2012   #15
Pimmalage

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1 (Build 7601)
 
 

Okay so i've just had a massive chain of events happen.
I was carrying on as normal browsing the web, when for some reason everything lost connection to the internet, i checked my router ect, and everyone else in my house was still online with no problems.
i checked my network adapter settings, and to my surprise ALL of my adapters were disabled!
So i did the normal thing and tried to enable them again, and for some reason it got no response and wouldn't re-enable, i tried to restart my pc and it got stuck on the "Shutting down" with the circling symbol for around 5-10 minutes.
It eventually went on to a massive error (From what i saw across the room), i didn't see anything it said, but it started up and recovered from an unexpected shutdown.

As seen here: http://gyazo.com/f8146ea9fd3c7ba7187...png?1329168391

I'm starting to think this is malicious software attacking my computer causing all sorts of problems
I'm contemplating fresh booting my PC, that is if worse comes to worst.
I've ran through some Anti-virus scans such as:
Malwarebytes
Spybot - search and destroy
and superantispyware.
All showed up nothing (Except the odd cookie here and there).
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13 Feb 2012   #16
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

It certainly does seem to be showing all the signs of an infection but the test results are good. Do you have any actual virus software like Security Essentials? Most of those programs you tried are malware but don't necessarily detect virii. Microsoft has a stand alone AV scanner you can DL. I believe you need to burn a bootable CD of it to be sure it works correctly. (A lot of virii disable AV scanner software if they are running first)

Though it's possible that it could be a hardware or a bad driver problem as well :/
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13 Feb 2012   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You could also try
Microsoft Safety Scanner

Edit: fseal beat me to it.
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13 Feb 2012   #18
Pimmalage

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1 (Build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
You could also try
Microsoft Safety Scanner

Edit: fseal beat me to it.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
It certainly does seem to be showing all the signs of an infection but the test results are good. Do you have any actual virus software like Security Essentials? Most of those programs you tried are malware but don't necessarily detect virii. Microsoft has a stand alone AV scanner you can DL. I believe you need to burn a bootable CD of it to be sure it works correctly. (A lot of virii disable AV scanner software if they are running first)

Though it's possible that it could be a hardware or a bad driver problem as well :/
Thanks for the quick reply, and i would i be able to stick this onto a pendrive or somthing?
i don't have any spare CDs/dvd lying around currently (and its 9:47Pm)
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13 Feb 2012   #19
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well it looks like by default the scanner just runs while you boot normally. Seems like it would be a lot safer if it booten on it's own but.. Give that a quick try anyway
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13 Feb 2012   #20
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You could have a look at this which gives usb installation instructions
Windows Defender Offline
I don't know the difference between the safety scanner and Defender offline. I have only used the scanner.
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