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CPU usage is way too high...

bowlofturtle 382 43 August 19, 2015 at 05:02 AM



My daily machine can use an upgrade but in the mean time help me get it running better.

I have a dell prebuilt vostro 220, specs are E2200, 4gb ram, 250gb NORMAL HD and 8600GT. I'll get a samsung SSD in there down the road. This system is on Ultimate win7.

My computer has been VERY VERY slow lately running my normal MS OFFICE, Chrome and FB. I recently looked at the usage and was at 80% CPU and RAM usage. I played around with old stuff i remember from winxp days with MSCONFIG, took some autoupdate stuff off and Deleted a whole bunch of old programs. I disabled "adblock" that i had as a chrome extension and that helped a lot.

Overall its running better but still not as peppy as could. I ran CCLEANER, MALWAREBYTES and switched over from AVG to avast.


Whats going on with my CPU usage? This is from a fresh reboot.

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if it was mah pc.. heres wut i would do...

option 1 (if u have the time to fix it and track down exactly what is bogging down ur puter):

boot into safe mode and see how it runs... maybe something got started as ur pc booted up, find out what that "something" is and turn it off/delete it. Think back carefully, before it runs sluggish...did u install a new program? If so, remove it and see.

also do a chkdsk and defragment too (i use ultradefrag, its free and better than ms's)



optional 2 (involves ur new ssd and less hassle imo):

1. google fresh install windows 10

2. read, understand, and make sure ur pc can do it (write down ur windows activation key, USB drive, programs are w10 ready, etc.)

3. (optional) before ssd arrives, upgrade it ur old pc to w10

4. Make that USB drive for fresh install w10 [microsoft.com] (clearly label it for future use)

5. Fresh install w10 on new ssd.

6. move ur important data (not installed programs) from ur old drive to new or other save places

7. (optional) since all important data are off that drive, i would format it. it could've been virus(s), software corruptions, who knows.

8. (optional) maybe consider to get a new hhd? I would install necessary programs on ssd and use hhd as data drive. For pc stability, dun install junk software to ur puter.


if u do format ur old hhd or got a new replacement hhd.... i would still put a copy of w10 on it (unhook ssd when u install w10 to hhd)

with a w10 on ssd, another copy on hhd as insurance. If ssd fails to boot... u can still boot into ur pc with hhd.
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Whats going on with my CPU usage? This is from a fresh reboot.
Can't tell from that image. Click on 'show processes from all users' and sees what's hogging the CPU
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sidebar.exe looks funny, it uses moar memory than explorer
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sidebar.exe looks funny, it uses moar memory than explorer
That's only 16mb though. That's pretty much nothing in the grand scheme of things. How explorer.exe could be using 12mb is stranger to me. Then again, I suspect that like much of Windows explorer allocates much of its memory at a lower level than this reports.

I think showing processes from all users will probably point you at some suspects. Process Explorer (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx) can get you more information on running processes if task manager doesn't have enough information to identify the job.
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That's only 16mb though. That's pretty much nothing in the grand scheme of things. How explorer.exe could be using 12mb is stranger to me. Then again, I suspect that like much of Windows explorer allocates much of its memory at a lower level than this reports.

I think showing processes from all users will probably point you at some suspects. Process Explorer (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-...96653.aspx) can get you more information on running processes if task manager doesn't have enough information to identify the job.

i like process explorer too... for its taskbar icon nod
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sidebar.exe looks funny, it uses moar memory than explorer
Sidebar is the process for the Windows widgets I believe that can be added to the side. It was first introduced with Windows Vista.

He needs to show all processes for us to really see what's going on.
A hijack this log wouldn't hurt either. [cnet.com]
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My daily machine can use an upgrade but in the mean time help me get it running better.

I have a dell prebuilt vostro 220, specs are E2200, 4gb ram, 250gb NORMAL HD and 8600GT. I'll get a samsung SSD in there down the road. This system is on Ultimate win7.

My computer has been VERY VERY slow lately running my normal MS OFFICE, Chrome and FB. I recently looked at the usage and was at 80% CPU and RAM usage. I played around with old stuff i remember from winxp days with MSCONFIG, took some autoupdate stuff off and Deleted a whole bunch of old programs. I disabled "adblock" that i had as a chrome extension and that helped a lot.

Overall its running better but still not as peppy as could. I ran CCLEANER, MALWAREBYTES and switched over from AVG to avast.


Whats going on with my CPU usage? This is from a fresh reboot.
I feel like windows is updating in the background, thus having a high cpu usage. Like others have said, press the show all process button at the bottom of the task manager.
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Can't tell from that image. Click on 'show processes from all users' and sees what's hogging the CPU




it fluxes between 52%-100% but average is around 75%
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it fluxes between 52%-100% but average is around 75%
Your AV Avast is the problem. Looks like it might be updating versions or stuck or something like that? Does that jive with what your seeing happen?
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That doesn't jive with my issues actually.

I have AVG when the problem was happening, i saw on a few AV sites that AVG was a higher resource hog then the others and Avast was the least. Hence why i switched over.

I dont think i can pinpoint the exact timeframe it got slow or bad. It is getting better me cleaning up some of these stuffs.
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do a reboot, see if svchost is still running w/ multiple instances
or kill them and see if it temporarily fixes it before it starts back up
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That doesn't jive with my issues actually.

I have AVG when the problem was happening, i saw on a few AV sites that AVG was a higher resource hog then the others and Avast was the least. Hence why i switched over.

I dont think i can pinpoint the exact timeframe it got slow or bad. It is getting better me cleaning up some of these stuffs.
That avast process is an issue if it's consistently there (there's no reason a virus scanner should constantly be running its installer), but you also have another svchost process chewing up your CPU. svchost runs services on your computer, and you can use Process Explorer to figure out which service it's running (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/t...e-process/)
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The CPU usage for Avast installer doesn't lie. Something is going on with it. Try disabling it and see where you are.
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nice to have an clean image to re-install in case like this
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