CPU usgage very low - will not go about 10%

October 2, 2011 at 11:52:51
Specs: Windows 7
Hi. I got my computer in I guess it was June... and it worked fine until a couple days ago. I thought it was a virus because I usually download TV shows from sketchy sites and I was putting off getting anti-virus software because sometimes I can be a moron. Well, I have a lenovo and the computer came with their one key recovery system and I restored it to they're original restore point: when I got the computer. I basically re-installed windows and started over fresh. It was working great for a few hours and I started noticing the same problems... just slightly better. What it's doing right now is running very slowly and the CPU usage won't rise above 10%. Basically, no matter what I tell it to do, the CPU usage remains at idle levels. I've searched for hours on the internet looking for something that looks like my problem and I can't find anything. And before someone dares to tell me that a low CPU level is good... yes, I know. But not like this. I keep looking around and seeing stuff that looks like my problem and the way people say to fix it is to not worry about it because low CPU usages are good and if you make your computer do something strenuous the level will go up... but mine won't do anything strenuous because the CPU usage will not rise above idle levels. It takes forever to respond and will barely even open the internet. In fact, sometimes when I click, it won't even open the browser because that's too much work. It's almost like 10% is it's top level and it can't work more than that. Can someone PLEASE help me?

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October 2, 2011 at 15:13:07
"I was putting off getting anti-virus software because sometimes I can be a moron"

Considering that there's plenty of free anti-virus programs available, you are pretty moronic. Even Microsoft offers free AV:


As for your CPU usage problem, you didn't bother to list your system specs or at least the make/model of the CPU. Lenovo makes a LOT of different models of desktops, laptops, tablets, etc. Have you checked for overheating? It could be your CPU is throttling back to protect itself from frying.

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October 2, 2011 at 20:11:46
Jeeze. You're rude. I didn't "bother" to list any of that stuff because I have no idea what it is. I am not a computer person. I am a 20 year old girl who's father bought her a computer that's having issues. I think my computer is a Lenovo G570 and my operating system is Windows 7. That's about all I know. Well I lie... we (my father and I) found out more today. He is a computer type and could tell you a lot more than I could... what i understand is that my computer works fine from the factory reset until asked to do a windows update. My computer started messing up last night when it popped up and said there was a scheduled update and i clicked yes and again today when we restored it to factory settings again and my father tried to install the windows updates. He repeated that process several times after updating various drivers. It seems what would happen is the hard drive would "stall out" and the light would be solid and we couldn't hear any sounds that the hard drive was actually doing anything. My father thinks there's an issue with my hard drive and we'll have to call lenovo and deal with their warranty center...

I'm really only posting here because something else happened. When I got back to my mother's house tonight, I was instructed by my father to do a disk check of the C drive... so I did, but it stopped at 10% on stage 4 of 5 (I don't know what it was doing, I'm sorry... Like I said... not a computer person.) I let it sit and waited for it for about ten minutes before turning it off and skipping the disk check on the reboot. And I've been using it like that fine... I've found if I don't ask it to update windows, it works fine. I know that I can't do that forever... but it's a temporary fix... until I can get more info and figure out what's going on...

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October 4, 2011 at 14:26:31
I would give that disk check more time. Depending on which particular disk check was used it could take an hour or more. Sometimes the later parts of the test take much longer than the initial ones. It will probably move on eventually.

If you get it sorted, get a free AV such as "Microsoft Secuirty Essentials" (link already given in #1) or "Avast". They are both good.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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