xp home dell pc shows cpu usage 100%
what could be causing this?
Open the task manager (Ctrl + Alt + Delete), look at the processes and see.
i'm looking at it
what should i look for?
See what process is taking 100% of the CPU. Look on the process tab under CPU.
Install pstat and it provides more information than task manager.
pstat is for windows 2000 not for anything else
this is running win-xp-home-sp2
Just to get back to the original question,does your computer run slow when the cpu is 100% ? If so,it could be spyware.Try running an some antispyware scans in safe mode.
As for monitoring tools,this is a more comprehensive alternative to task manager - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/processexplorer.html and this will give you even more detail - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/filemon.html
we can close this thread. i found out that AOLtsmon was showing up 99 under cpu column in task manager. i tried to disable it, it said access denied. i went to admin tools/services and disabled it and rebooted. now it's back to normal (3%) usage.
Just before we close the thread,could I advise you to change your provider.AOL fill your system with c***.One piece of which you have just discovered.