services.exe CPU Spike

Emachines / T3256
January 23, 2009 at 20:07:50
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (1.4 GB)
I keep getting this weird CPU spike from services.exe. Usually it's about 15-20% CPU, but it can sometimes get as high as 100%. I know that services will spike when you open a program.

I have Avira Anti-Vir, and it came up with some trojans, but removed all of them. I've gone through Add and Remove programs to see if anything is awry. Alas, no.

I've looked through all of my processes with security task manager and googled all of them. Nothing appeared to be a virus/trojan/worm.

I'm starting to think that it's some updater running in the background.

I also downloaded some updates from Microsoft right before this started happening, including;

Security Hotfixes for the Office '07 Suite
Root Certificate Updates
Brother Printer Driver (Failed Install)
nVidia Display Driver Updates

I have since tried reinstalling my original nVidia drivers, but nothing has worked.

I originally thought it was the nVidia update that caused this, because my extended desktop monitor started flashing off quickly whenever the CPU is under stress.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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February 3, 2009 at 15:03:51
Breakthrough! I pulled out my graphics card, and found that it was the culprit! I guess it was the update after all! I'm gonna try to uninstall all nVidia graphics drivers, and just re-install the original ones from the CD. Any tips?


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