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Windows 7: LSASS.EXE CPU 100% at boot

15 Oct 2010   #1
pmenuez

windows 7
 
 
LSASS.EXE CPU 100% at boot

When I boot my computer (Dell E521/AMD 2Core/4Gig) it starts all of the programs it is supposed to but after a minute or two the CPU starts running at 100%. This will last for 10 - 20 minutes.

When I look at the processes running is shows LSASS.EXE running at between 70 and 100% CPU time.

I have run spyware/malware checks and virus scanned my computer. I was successful removing a bunch of spyware but no help on the run away CPU issue.

I am running Win 7 Home Edition, upgraded from Vista.

Any help would be appreciated.


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15 Oct 2010   #2
Desslok

Windows 7
 
 

List all the anti-spyware/malware/virus softwares that you use.
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15 Oct 2010   #3
pmenuez

windows 7
 
 

AVG/Spybot Search and Destroy
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15 Oct 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Normally the lsass.exe is there to check the legality of your installation. But that should not block your CPU. There are, however, also viruses that use the name. The real lsass.exe should be in C:\Windows\System32. Check the path of your bugger. If that is different, then it is not genuine.

Btw: with AVG and Spybot you have very weak tools for malware checking. I suggest you use Mawarebytes and/or Superantispyware. You may also consider to replace AVG with MSE.
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15 Oct 2010   #5
madtownidiot

 

just to be the devils' advocate:

I wonder where the legal judgement would fall regarding removing a portion of the OS when it can be proven that it causes undue wear on your system... Especially if you have a receipt for the disk in your file cabinet....laws, contracts and agreements are never written in stone.
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15 Oct 2010   #6
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Normally the lsass.exe is there to check the legality of your installation.
Actually...lsass.exe (Local Security Authority Subsystem Service) handles enforcing the security policy. Verifying User logins, creating access tokens, etc. You cannot remove the real lsass.exe.
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15 Oct 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
just to be the devils' advocate:

I wonder where the legal judgement would fall regarding removing a portion of the OS when it can be proven that it causes undue wear on your system... Especially if you have a receipt for the disk in your file cabinet....laws, contracts and agreements are never written in stone.
I dont know about legal judgement but you'll be unable to get into your computer if you kill lsass.exe. Read more here.

lsass.exe - What is lsass.exe
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15 Oct 2010   #8
madtownidiot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
just to be the devils' advocate:

I wonder where the legal judgement would fall regarding removing a portion of the OS when it can be proven that it causes undue wear on your system... Especially if you have a receipt for the disk in your file cabinet....laws, contracts and agreements are never written in stone.
I dont know about legal judgement but you'll be unable to get into your computer if you kill lsass.exe. Read more here.

lsass.exe - What is lsass.exe
I was just speaking hypothetically anyway..
I almost never have a problem with any single process taking up 100% of the CPU load at startup once the system is set up correctly... My belief is anything other than a benchmark that needs 100% of your CPU time for more than a few seconds during the initial program start is either incorrectly configured or is installed on an inadequate system
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15 Oct 2010   #9
pmenuez

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the responses. I'll check out the software recommended.

There is only on instance of LSASS.EXE in windows\system32 but there are 3 additional instances in 3 other directories. (one of the directories is copyied below as an example. All three directories are in the x86_microsoft...)

C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-lsa_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16484_none_a61fe281be1fb177
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15 Oct 2010   #10
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Those that are in WinSxS are alright, they are different versions of the one in System32. In fact the one in System32 is a hardlink to the latest version in WinSxS. So you only have three, not four. (Update...there is actually only one, all four are hardlinked to each other.)
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