CPU at 100% burning up my computer - a VIRUS?

April 12, 2010 at 03:15:34
Specs: Windows XP

Greetings!

I have a Dell Inspiron B130 with WinXP and Internet Explorer (unsure which version...).

I wonder whether I have acquired some sort of malware which causes my computer to overheat by causing my CPU to run at 100% when I am not doing anything to make it run so heavily.

When I am online, my computer slowly causes a memory leak (or so it appears...), slows , and launches a second, duplicate window which causes both windows to lock up and become nonresponsive.

Meanwhile my fan kicks into highspeed in a vain attempt to cool the CPU which is at 100% for no clear reason.

Occasionally, I can remedy the situation by minimizing the duplicate window (in Task Mgr). However, that seems to work only so often.

I also notice that there are multiple instances of iexplore.exe running and gobbling up alot of CPU time and memory.

If this isn't malware, could it be part of some planned obsolesence program from Dell?

Please, help!!!


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#1
April 12, 2010 at 04:34:07

You need to download maleware bytes and run it remove anything it finds. What do you mean some program from Dell? I hear rumors that dell programs there computer to go down after the warranty goes out. That is not true. Why would Dell do that? Someone told be that dell programs there laptops to go out a week or shortly after the warranty is up. Well one of my other laptops was purchased with 1 year warranty. Then we upgraded the warranty to 4 years and have not had any trouble. So how can that be true?

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

Just because the OP does not come back in 3 or 4 days to reply, does not mean he will not come back and reply.


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#2
April 12, 2010 at 05:37:12

I had the same problem and I know mine was a virus because it made an antivirus called combofix shut itself down because it thought itself as out of date and when I tried it again it the I was running something besides XP as an OS. It also kept other antiviruses from updating. if that is the case let me know and I can give you something to help.

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