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Windows 7: RunAway CPU Utilization!

01 May 2013   #1
technomann

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
RunAway CPU Utilization!

WIndows 7 64-bit, ASUS i7 8 GB memory. Runaway CPU after 5 minutes of boot up. Task Manager useless- freezes before showing which process is responsible. SysInternals Process Manager freezes too. No indication of which process is responsible. Don't know if it is hardware, software, malware or what cause. Looking for answers on best way to diagnose this problem. Difficult to fun diagnostics, reg cleaner, etc when machine freezes after 5 minutes. Desperate for solution-- HELP!


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01 May 2013   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I would start trying to narrow it down by using a clean startup.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

And what Anti Virus do you use?
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01 May 2013   #3
technomann

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
And what Anti Virus do you use?
I use Norton Internet Security. Now that I think about it. Seems like these problems started after the latest upgrade to NIS...
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01 May 2013   #4
Cliff789

ASUS X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by technomann View Post
WIndows 7 64-bit, ASUS i7 8 GB memory. Runaway CPU after 5 minutes of boot up. Task Manager useless- freezes before showing which process is responsible. SysInternals Process Manager freezes too. No indication of which process is responsible. Don't know if it is hardware, software, malware or what cause. Looking for answers on best way to diagnose this problem. Difficult to fun diagnostics, reg cleaner, etc when machine freezes after 5 minutes. Desperate for solution-- HELP!
I'm having something like this on my HP pavillion laptop
I created a fresh user account and the boot went flawlessly.
I suspect it's one of the programs I have loaded as it does it in all other user accounts where I have other software installed.

My post is here:
Super slow user account profile boot -
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01 May 2013   #5
technomann

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
I would start trying to narrow it down by using a clean startup.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
OK I did a "clean" startup, as you suggested. It seems to be a bit better, BUT the machine still seems to be "running hot", if that makes any sense. The HD's seem to be revving faster than normal and the machine in noisier than usual. Any other ideas? Do any of those "diagnose and fix" programs really work?
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01 May 2013   #6
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by technomann View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
I would start trying to narrow it down by using a clean startup.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
OK I did a "clean" startup, as you suggested. It seems to be a bit better, BUT the machine still seems to be "running hot", if that makes any sense. The HD's seem to be revving faster than normal and the machine in noisier than usual. Any other ideas? Do any of those "diagnose and fix" programs really work?
Try uninstalling Norton Internet Security and using Microsoft Security Essentials: Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows
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01 May 2013   #7
Cliff789

ASUS X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
 
 

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Do any of those "diagnose and fix" programs really work?
Wouldn't that be nice? Pay like $30 and get a technical service guy in a box.
PCmatic.com At least the flower girl Kelly Gaita is cute.
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01 May 2013   #8
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

In addition to the suggestion from windude99...

The problem starts ~5 minutes AFTER Windows starts, right?

Can you open Process Explorer and Task Manager BEFORE the slowdown/freezing starts ?
If they are open before the issue, do they show what suddenly starts using CPU and/or Disk Activity?
Task Manager > Resource Moniter > Disk tab should show what is causing Disk usage.

If you think it is running Hot (temperature) you should use a program such as HWMonitor to check temps.
HWMonitor - CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting

If by "diagnose and fix" programs you mean Registry Cleaners , they cause more problems than they solve.
The only program I use is Ccleaner - File cleanup.
Some people here say the Ccleaner registry cleaner is safe, but I've never used it.
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02 May 2013   #9
technomann

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
In addition to the suggestion from windude99...

The problem starts ~5 minutes AFTER Windows starts, right?

Can you open Process Explorer and Task Manager BEFORE the slowdown/freezing starts ?
If they are open before the issue, do they show what suddenly starts using CPU and/or Disk Activity?
Task Manager > Resource Moniter > Disk tab should show what is causing Disk usage.
That's the very first thing I tried. I opened Task Manager and Process Explorer as soon as I booted up. The strange thing is that they don't identify any runaway process before the machine locks up...
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02 May 2013   #10
Cliff789

ASUS X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
 
 

Quote:
That's the very first thing I tried. I opened Task Manager and Process Explorer as soon as I booted up. The strange thing is that they don't identify any runaway process before the machine locks up...
Make that part of the start up routine instead of you trying to invoke it manually.
Go to your folder where the executable for process explorer is and make a shortcut of the executable.
Then cut and paste that short cut to your startup folder.

Find the Startup folder by navigating to the Globe Start button
select All Programs
Scroll down to the Startup folder.
Right Click it
Select Open
Paste the short cut there.
Reboot
The program should open as a part of the start up routine.

This didn't do me much good because whatever was locking my system up was also making everything else non responsive.
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