Watch the list for awhile to see what processes are using the CPU and then start to "Google" for each one. You could also try HiJackThis and dump the logfile here:
or look around on the net if you like.
I'm looking for some help getting my computer running a little better, well, ALOT better. I have about a 2 year old Dell 2400, with Windows XP. I didn't use the computer too often, but i recently got highspeed internet hooked up but couldn't even use it because it was so littered with spyware and viruses, that it barely would operate. Umm, most of the problem was that my virus scanner expired. So i looked around and found a free one called "PC Tools Antivirus" Used it and found 63 infections. That instantly cured my problems. Was like a brand new computer. That only lasted about a week. Im back to the same slowdown. Even typing this message the computer can't keep up to me typing. So i updated the virus scanner and scanned again. It found 7 things and removed them but didn't help. I also have a program called Ad-Aware SE. I scanned with that and found around 60 infections and removed them but still didn't help. Ive rebooted, done everything i could think of. I can't think of anything i have downloaded or anything that could be causing the problems. The only suspicious thing to me is if i open up task manager, and go to processes, there is 28 running processes going. And this is after a fresh start up, no programs running... Nothing.
Guess what im asking is if anyone knows of the latest and greatest sweepers (preferably free), or just if anyone knows whats gong on here.
Oh the other thing thats wierd is, if i open up task manager and go to performance, the CPU usuage goes drastically up and down, never constant. Like 6% to 100% to 14% to 100%. I just can't fathom what could me making the CPU run at 100% like that.