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CPU usage

by juansshop / January 16, 2006 1:24 PM PST

I am running XP on a Dell Dimension 4300, Pentium 4
Processor at 1.6GHz, 256MB SDRAM at 133MHz,I have noticed that my CPU usage if very high.When I go at look at the graph in the windows Task manager. CPU usage goes as high as 85 percent and the bar graph goes from green coler to red.It seems that my (System Idle Process) is using up 88% of the CPU usage.Can any one help? Thanks,J

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Misnomer
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 16, 2006 8:04 PM PST
In reply to: CPU usage

People think that when there are no applications, screen saver, or anything else running, the processor is idle, and just sitting there.

This is not true. The processor is working at 100% all the time the computer is turned on. So for that reason the graph in Performance in the Task Manager is a bit misleading. Under Processes you will always see "System Idle" at around 98/99% when nothing else is running, and when you first open Task Manager and go to Performance the graph will shoot up to 100%, then fall back down.

However, if your performance graph is always at 100%, then that is an indicaton that something else is running continuously.

What do you do to protect yourself against malware? Do you have a firewall, an anti-virus and any anti-spyware programs?

Continuous usage like that could be a sign of malware.

Mark

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CPU usage
by juansshop / January 17, 2006 3:34 PM PST
In reply to: Misnomer

Hi Mark,
I am running Norton Anti-virus,and I use sbc spyware.I do have a fire wall.My Cpu performance is alsways about 8%-100%. My computer takes about 2 minutes to load my start up menu.How can I reset my start up programs to the factory settings? Will this help my computer to start up quicker and help lower my CPU usage? Thanks Misnomer.

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