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Hi, shortly after logging and occasionally during browseing internet my CPU runs at 100% due to this application svchost.exe can you advise how to stop this happening in future, I have Windows XP, Mcafee firewall. adsl connection

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Archie, I have XP Home Edition, found only 3

In reply to: svchost.exe

Have SP2 & IE7.
all are under C:\Windows
1 is system32
2 $NTServicePack Uninstall$
3 ServicePackFiles\i386

Anywhere else, it could be spyware, especially with .exe (executable) ending. Darrell L.

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svchost.exe ...

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is the program running xp's socalled services, as detailed in
The net start command shows the exact services running.

Apparently, one of them goes astray, if that particular instance of svchost.exe uses 100% of the CPU. It might be difficult to find out which one it is. Maybe Process Explorer (download from can help you research the problem.

The alternative way to research this is to change all the running processes from the list from "automatic" to "manual" ONE BY ONE (and back again, as it may cripple your system), reboot and see what happens.

Hope this helps.


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