Odd CPU usage problem, above 100%

By BuddyCole
Dec 17, 2006
  1. Just last week I started having a services.exe error shutting down my computer, and boy did I think that was a big problem. Well, now I can't even use my computer when that doesn't happen, because my cpu usage went all wonky on me. As of last night my CPU usage was normal, and when I woke up there was a bluescreen. Happens every now and then on this piece of crap, so I didn't pay mind. Restarted...bluescreened within the first two minutes. Same goes for the next 3 times I restarted.

    I go in safe mode and it still happens. I find out that my CPU usage is through the roof, it was at 140% then back down to 5%, with absolutely nothing being used. Also, the graph itself looks a little weird, see for yourself:


    When I tried to run a game, the PF usage (I don't even know what that is...) jumped up to 1.58 GB! This is truely odd. I cleaned off my memory stick using the eraser trick and re-slotted it, to no avail.
  2. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    What the hell? How did it go to 140%?

    Either you run WAY too many programs at once or you have something wrong with your CPU
  3. vintwala

    vintwala TS Rookie


    140% CPU usage is a bit funky. I have never seen that before. I recommend format and reinstall.

    Hope that helps.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837

    What process is using that CPU time? Sort the processes tab by the CPU column and see.

    The number goes above 100% because you have a dual-core processor and you have set the task manager to show only one graph for two processors.
  5. BuddyCole

    BuddyCole TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Turns out it was a the trojan known as Backdoor.Rustock.B, it's been crashing my system constantly the past two days with the same problem every single time. I took an hour reading various cures and found the easiest one was to download rustbfix and run it in safe mode. Simple as that.
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