|What is the make and model of your brand name system computer, or if you have a generic desktop system, what is the make and model of your mboard ? |
"I have 2 iexplore.exe...". "....Do I need both? Both are HP Administrator"
That indicates you had two instances of IE (Internet Explorer) running.
You did one of these..
- double clicked on the IE Quick launch icon in your taskbar - it only needs to be clicked on once
- you have otherwise started two instances of IE
When you have two instances of IE running, more cpu % will be used for them.
You only need one of them to be running - close the other one in Task Manager, or close one of them in it's own Window. You may have minimized one of their windows and that will be popped up by you clicking on a button in the taskbar.
"....that can use up 90-100% of my CPU .."
How much the cpu is loaded by IE depends on what you're doing in IE at the time, on what the overall speed of your system is, and on whether you have a reasonable amount of ram installed on your system. You should have 512 mb or more for XP.
You DO have a reasonable amount of ram on your system. (2 gb - 1 mb that some bioses subtract for conventional memory that can't be used for data = 1.99 gb ; you're probably using a video card installed in a mboard slot, not onboard video)..
"Pentuim 4 3.06 ghz" doesn't tell us enough - the older models of P4 cpus are much slower overall than newer P4 models.
E.g. See response 8 in this - playing videos in IE can cause the cpu to be loaded to 100% while they're playing on a relatively slow system
You probably have more load on the cpu after you first start up Windows on a particular day and for a while after that.
See response 2: