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Windows 7: High CPU On Random Programs

14 Mar 2012   #1
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

For awhile now , I have been having trouble with programs having random "spikes" all at the same time rendering the computer unusable since it is at 100% CPU. This happens on random programs like Skype, Free Download Manager, Chrome, etc. It isn't a virus because this happened on my last installation and I use Symantec, Malwarebytes, and Superantispyway anyways.. I need this fixed, I can't do anything for 1/3 of the time I use the computer. Keep in mind this happens at random. It is normally using about 5% CPU total. I have disabled all services except Microsoft's in msconfig, but it still occurs.


The specs are: HP g6 i3 2.53GHz, 4GB Ram, 500GB HDD.




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27 Mar 2012   #2
proudtobegreek

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

whats with them 32 asterisks on chrome.exe?how many of them are running?you do know they shouldnt be there in the first place...
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27 Mar 2012   #3
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

I believe "*32" stand for 32 bit process. It's running on a 64-Bit machine.
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28 Mar 2012   #4
proudtobegreek

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

you r right,i m running on 32 and it doesnt show up.looking at your window bar i assume you have more than 65 or 70 services already running.if many belong to third party apps and are set to auto update,they could produce spikes.Is your AV loking for new signatures every hour?Do you have malwarebytes active all the time?Things like that i mean,your system specs shouldnt allow such a behaviour,i7 and 8gb!download process explorer and have a look whats running and how high.
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28 Mar 2012   #5
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

I'm sorry for the confusion.. this problem is occurring on my laptop. The Specs are i3 2.53GHz, 4gb Ram, 500gb HDD. I don't use Malwarebytes, but I do have Ad-Aware and Spybot. Ad-Aware is always running but doesn't take a lot of CPU. I have no idea what the problem could be. It happens at random time.. for instance, I was watching The Simpsons on my computer yesterday and randomly the video started to shake and the audio was slurred/choppy. I open task manager and sure enough, 20-40% CPU usage on random programs that would never use more than 5% at max.
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24 Apr 2012   #6
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

I disabled all services not by Microsoft in msconfig and restarted and it does't appear to do it when they are disabled. Kind of odd..
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24 Apr 2012   #7
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 
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24 Apr 2012   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Download BillP Studios Download Page it may point you to what is using all those CPU cycles.
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24 Apr 2012   #9
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

Ok, thanks for the recommendation. I'll do that as soon as the mem. tests are finished. Do you think there is any chance the CPU is bad? When doing these memory tests, the CPU area gets extremely hot(to where you cant touch it). As far as I know, the CPU isn't really used at all for the testing.
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25 Apr 2012   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hmmm, as far as I know memtest uses very little CPU and it certainly shouldn't too hot to touch. It may have got to hot and is malfucntioning but I don't think you'de be booting at all.

Check in msconfig/start up to see what is starting with Windows. Check Hide all MS services and disable the rest, except for security and see how that works.
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