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Windows 7: Process Tamer And/or Mz Cpu Accelerator?

22 Feb 2016   #1
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Process Tamer And/or Mz Cpu Accelerator?

Could some kind techy minded person please tell me if these two programs will work well with each other or if I should use just one (in which case which one) please ....
Process Tamer
and/or
Mz CPU Accelerator 4.10

Am using Windows 7 Home Premium with 3gb of memory (which I was advised is the most my ageing computer can cope with ... was two but had a third one added last year) and am rather concerned that Task Manager tells me the CPU is running between 70% and 99% when I watch a YouTube video with nothing else running except my AVG and Thunderbird email program. Am also getting 5 to 10 second freezes on Firefox if I have more than 4 tabs open - not every time but about once per day.

Or, is there is something better I should do or use?

I defrag every month and clean with Glary Utilities and WiseCare 365 weekly , restart the pc daily and do fortnightly scans for nasties with SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes.

All and any advice greatly appreciated.

Not a clue what any of this actually means or why it thinks I am in America not the UK but thought it might help to copy it here ........
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name ******
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model GA-MA69G-S3H
System Type X86-based PC
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, 2200 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. F3, 27/07/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name ********
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 2.87 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.02 GB
Total Virtual Memory 5.75 GB
Available Virtual Memory 3.37 GB
Page File Space 2.87 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Processor : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
Memory : 2942MB(32)
Mother Board : GA-MA69G-S3H
Windows Version : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1
Installation Date : 2014-07-19
Monitor : Generic PnP Monitor
Video Adapter : ATI Radeon X1200 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM)
Mouse : USB Input Device
Keyboard : Standard PS/2 Keyboard
Disk Drive : WDC WD5000AVDS-63U7B1 ATA Device(465GB,IDE)
DVD/CD-ROM Drive : HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H66N ATA Device


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22 Feb 2016   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I have no experience with either program and generally am skeptical of their usefulness.

I do know that dynamically changing CPU priority is very difficult to get right and very easy to get wrong. I believe that Windows NT 4 did raise the priority of a process that had a foreground window but that this was dropped in Windows 2000. Apparently the action was too drastic and caused problems, although I don't what they were. But it does give an idea of how difficult it is to get this right. Windows does increase the time slice for such a program. I won't go into more detail.

Your computer should be able to do better than it is doing. I suspect there is something wrong and maybe someone can help with this.

I don't believe the answer is in running more software. Such programs promise much but rarely deliver.
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23 Feb 2016   #3
indianacarnie

 

I agree with LMiller7 about the usefulness (or lack thereof) with programs like these and advise against using them. Just too many ways they can go wrong.

The CPU usage does seem high for the workload though. Have you tried scanning for rootkit's? With the same problem as yours thats what it turned out to be on my Sisters machine. Malwarebytes has a rootkit scanner that does a pretty good job as well as ESET's online scanner which I highly recommend.

Have you opened Task manager to see what processes are running while you're experiencing this? Might help to give a clue.

As an afterthought, have you been using the registry cleaner in your Wisecare?

ESET Online Scanner

https://www.malwarebytes.org/antirootkit/
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23 Feb 2016   #4
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thankyou both for replying.

I scanned with the Malwarebytes and it found nothing but did say "Partition cannot be booted" throughout.

Yes, I have used the registry cleaner in Wisecare (feeling as though I've done a baaaaad thing).

Am about to use the ESET Online Scanner you so kindly linked to for me.

As for the Task Manager - I have looked but have very little understanding of what it says.

I did note that ....
~ Thunderbird is 84,532k
~ Sychost.exe (one of 11) is 68,532k
~ Firefox is 222,792K (with just this page open)
~ Skype is 68,068k
~SuperAntiSpyware is 56,124

but most of all there are 10 running for AVG with the highest being 39,095k and the total for AVG coming to 993,258k .... is that a lot? Should I use a different anti-virus and or/firewall?

There is one I don't recognise called TrustedInstaller using 11,432 that I have no clue about nor can I find it in my list of installed programs or be entering its name in the Star search box (?)

I really appreciate your help ..... thankyou
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23 Feb 2016   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
but most of all there are 10 running for AVG with the highest being 39,095k and the total for AVG coming to 993,258k .... is that a lot? Should I use a different anti-virus and or/firewall?
That doesn't make sense. If there are 10 AVG processes (not unusual) with the largest being 39,095k the total can't be anywhere near 993,258k.

Post a screenshot of Task Manager, Performance tab when the problem occurs. It is the total memory usage that is important. The memory usage of a process or group of processes is of no consequence unless it causes a shortage. At present I see no evidence that the problem is memory related.
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23 Feb 2016   #6
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Ah, maybe my adding up is adrift - this should help (?) ...


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23 Feb 2016   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

RE: Process Tamer/ MZ CPU Accelerator.

I've used MZ CPU Accelerator and other products by the same author. They seemed to work well on a low spec XP machine but I tested on Windows 7 some time ago and would not recommend either.

Reasons:

You don't want or need to always boost the foreground process and as for ProcessTamer seeing a process that is overloading your cpu, then reducing the priority of that process temporarily, until its cpu usage returns to a reasonable level - Well that will slow down lots of things like malware scans, downloading and installing windows updates and so on.

If you are going to use such types of software you need something that you can configure to exclude processes that you specify and that you can also enable/ disable with just a click or two of your mouse.
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23 Feb 2016   #8
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

It is difficult to tell without seeing a screenshot of Task Manager Performance tab but it does seem unlikely that there is a memory related problem.
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23 Feb 2016   #9
indianacarnie

 

The Malwarebytes anti-rootkit is not the same as their Malware scanner. You have to download it separately, link provided in my last post.

Let us know what your eset scan comes up with.

I agree with LMiller7 that this is unlikely memory related. Is your CPU ALWAYS running as hard as you mentioned in your original post or is it sporadic? Also, did you save anything you deleted when you used the registry cleaner?
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23 Feb 2016   #10
MadMudMob

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Apologies I should have said it was the Malwarebytes anti-rootkit you linked to that I used.

The ESET scan found and removed Variant of Win32/toolbar.SearchSuite.v.

After that both AdwCleaner and Malwarebytes JRT (Junk Remover Tool) found nothing.

The memory is usually the same as I posted the pic of but gets far worse if I am watching a YouTube video.

I used the registry cleaner in Wisecare some months ago (and, no sorry, I didn't think to save anything ... naive trust on my behalf) but this problem has only appeared over the last week or so. I can not think of anything I have changed, deleted or installed in that time.
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