"system" process hogging CPU

  User-9DED590E-9C91-48B9-9C8B6815FFDD2261 14:53 20 Aug 2006

I have a problem with my PC running slow. When I open task manager (clicking processes tab) with no other applications running, the 'system' process appears to be maxing out at 99% in short bursts. The CPU usage history looks like an inverted saw blade with usage ranging between 0% & 100%.

The problem seemingly has appeared overnight with no obvious clues other than Micosoft Updates loaded 12th August. Also for what its worth, my ISP upgraded my BB connection last week, but no software changes were made on the PC. Did'nt notice the problem until yesterday morning (19th August).

System Details ...
XP Home v2002 SP2.
Fully updated with all high priority updates.
AMD Athlon XP 2100+
1.73 Ghz, 512MB RAM

Tools ...
PCCILLIN Internet Security 14

Stuff tried to date ...
Adaware, spybot & PCCILLIN all run clean.
Uninstalled PCCILLIN & restarted - problem persists.
Stated in SAFE Mode - problem goes away.

Any help would be appreciated ...


  johnnyrocker 15:01 20 Aug 2006

system restore to prior getting prob?


Thanks Johnny, tried restoring to 9th August, but problem still persists ...

  Diversion 17:48 20 Aug 2006

Have you tried turning the paging system off then do a defrag then turn it back on.

Not tried that, how would I turn the paging system off?

  skidzy 19:02 20 Aug 2006

Sounds like spyware to me or a corrupt driver somewhere. try running Ewido click here
and sfc /scannow click here

Diversion, managed to turn the paging system off, defragged, turned it back on. Problem still there ...


  Diversion 22:48 20 Aug 2006

Have you tried skidzy's links, and try Spybot click here and do a virus scan. Or it maybe something that you've recently installed or as skidzy says a corrupt driver.

Spybot runs clear, so does virus scan. I also ran sfc /scannow successfully, but problem still persists.

  brundle 23:28 20 Aug 2006

check what is consuming most processor time
click here

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