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laptop internet issue

by mobflix / April 6, 2005 2:10 AM PDT

Have a wierd problem with this laptop that I've had since new (about 5yrs old, running win2k), which has only recently cropped up. Every time I go online (dialup), after about 5min the processor peaks at 100% usage and the system slows to almost a halt. Even after I get off-line, the processor continues this way until I reboot.

I ran updated virus (AntiVir) and Spyware (AdAware and Spybot) get nothing beyond a few tracking cookies. It's a 750mz Celeron w/128 mem. I run Hijack This to check runnning processes -- nothing out of the ordinary.

I do notice that the SVCHOST.EXE file seems to hog up all the processor resources during this time...

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Let me see that log.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2005 2:19 AM PDT
In reply to: laptop internet issue

One nagging issue is some driver could be defective and you only sort that out by trial and error. I don't see in your post you have the latest service pack, a firewall and scanned the machine with Housecall.

Bob

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service pack
by mobflix / April 6, 2005 9:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Let me see that log.

good point with the service pack - trouble is, can't download it, since system hangs as described. I'll check the Housecall sw, but do have other scanning sw (AdAware, The Cleaner, MS Anti-Spyware, AntiVir antivirus).

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same problem
by mobflix / April 21, 2005 6:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Let me see that log.

So I ended up reinstalling Win2k, installed SP4 from a cd (not downloaded) -- I connect with my dial-up for the first time... and after about 10min -- cpu use goes up to 100% and svchost.exe is the culprit (a service that I cannot close when I try -- access denied). I close the connection (after updating my AntiVir and Adaware defs), reboot and run both AntiVir and Adaware -- and get only tracking cookies. Any ideas?

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