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Computer Slow

By jshields13
Jul 14, 2004
  1. All of a sudden, my computer is acting strange. There is an intermittent delay when entering text or clicking on something. The only thing I have downloaded is an Earthlink update. I am going to remove and reinstall Earthlink tonight to see if that is the problem. I'm running XP SP1. I've run my spyware programs and virus checkers and found nothing. When I do Ctl-Alt-Del and click on resources, I see that every few seconds the CPU usage spikes to 100% so I assume something is running in the background that is interfering. Can someone give me some suggestions as to how to find and fix this problem.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    In task manager, go to processes, watch to see which process is spikeing. If you don't need the program running, close it.
     
  3. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Whats your computer specs? Can you please fill up your profile with your computer specifications?

    Your computer specifications will help us a lot in pin pointing the problem.
     
  4. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    Look for any suspicious processes that are running under task manager. Sometimes virus scanners don't detect some sneakier trojans and viruses.
     
  5. jshields13

    jshields13 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 109

    Thanks all. Apparantly the problem was the Spyware program from Earthlink running in the background. For some reason it was using all my resources every few minutes. I disabled at start-up through msconfig and now everything seems fine.
     
  6. nothing1181

    nothing1181 TS Rookie

    Please Help

    I have the SAME problem. i took earthlink total access 2005 off of my computer but it is STILL using 100% CPU usage at all times! how can i see what is "spiking"....?

    from waht i can tell is that AIM uses 36,000K of mem....i found this is the process view is task manager. please help. this is happening on both of my computers i installed earthlink total access DSL on.....
     
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