Spy Sweeper's High CPU Usage (99%) - SOLVED

Webroot software Webroot spy sweeper
January 27, 2011 at 14:43:43
Specs: Windows XP, 1.40 Mhz/512 RAM
I've seen postings on the web relating to Spy Sweeper's high CPU usage. I had this problem and it began after I upgraded the program. I contacted Webroot support but had no luck there. Finally I hit on the solution, at least for my problem. Maybe this information might help someone else.

I have two computers running Spy Sweeper. The boot time for my laptop went up to 10 minutes. That is the time when Spy Sweeper finally released it's grip on the CPU. The boot time for my desktop went up to 22 minutes. The problem was caused by selecting the Web Browser - IE Favorite Shield. Over the years, I had collected many thousands of entries in my favorites folder. At startup, if this shield is selected, Spy Sweeper will sweep all of the entries in your Favorites folder.

Two solutions came to mind. I could deselect the shield and leave my Favorites unprotected. That didn't seem like a good idea.

The best solution for me was to move all of these entries to a new folder I created somewhere else on the hard drive. I gave it an appropriate name, like "Favorites (Old)", and placed a shortcut to it back in my Favorites folder. Now all of those entries are physically missing from the Favorites folder.

This resulted in the boot time for my laptop, which had 6,500 entries, going from 10 minutes down to less than 6 minutes. The laptop uses a 1.40 Ghz Centrino mobile processor with 512 MB Ram.

The desktop computer, which had 15,000 entries, went from 22 minutes down to less than 6 minutes, too. It uses a 2 Ghz Pentium 4 processor with 512 MB RAM.

That's substantial but ultimately, because these computers have been in use for many years and had become so bloated, I decided to do a complete reinstall on the laptop. I reinstalled the Windows XP operating system using the manufacturer's CD. Afterwards, I applied the upgrade to Windows Professional and then the High Priority and other selected Windows updates.

I then installed a few necessary software products, including "Avast anti-virus" and "Spy Sweeper". My boot time was then 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Next I installed two backup utilites than also run at startup, "DataKeeper" and SysRestorePoint". Finally I installed the other software that I would be currently using. These included "Microsoft Office", "CorelDRAW" and "QuickBooks Pro", to name a few. My boot time is now under three minutes.

In summary, if you have IE Favorites shield selected and have collected many entries in your Favorites folder - move them. This will greatly speed up your boot time. If you have been using the computer for many years, you might think of doing a complete reinstall. This gives the best results but is very time consuming.

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January 27, 2011 at 15:02:40
I guess another option would be not to install Spy Sweeper and use something else instead.

We all live on a ball.

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