High CPU. FixCleaner.com convinced me to clean. No Luck.

April 29, 2012 at 21:10:23
Specs: Windows XP
What can I do "High CPU". FixCleaner.com convinced me my machine needed cleaning. Took about a week, on "junk cleaning 26,131 problems plus 5 other catagories. Then I returned to eBay and started scanning results after about 25 items "High CPU" must close. Same problem...help

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April 30, 2012 at 04:21:45
You do not need any website to clean out your system which will not work anyway.
If you installed any program from them, remove it.
UNinstall any program you do not use.
Restart in Safe Mode with Networking, download, install, update, and run Malwarebytes. Update and run your antivirus program and scan with it. Remove whatever they find and restart normal.
Run msconfig, click on the Start Tab and uncheck all except Microsoft and your antivirus program, apply and restart the machine.
Run Disk Clean up by going to My Computer, right clicking on your C drive, select Properties and clicking on Disk Clean Up. Check off everything and OK. When it asks you if you are sure you want to do these, Yes/OK it. The scan on what to clean as well as the actual clean up can take a while so be patient.
Open your Browser(s) and clean out your History, Cookies, Temp Internet Files, etc.
Review your add ons and tool bars and delete or disable ones you do not want/need.
Restart the machine again.
You should be good.
If you still have a high CPU usage (not including Idle Process) then install Process Explorer from Microsoft since it will tell you more about what processes are running than Task Manager and still let you shut them down.
Google what you do not understand and post back results.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 30, 2012 at 06:58:58
FixCleaner is a scam, hopefully you weren't foolish enough to pay for it. Fingers explained what needs to be done. Here's a few links that should help:


http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu... (get the Slim version)



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April 30, 2012 at 06:59:57
Thanks FINGERS...Printing out your suggestions and will do best I can. I was pretty good photojournalist (now retired (74)) . Electronics is new for me, but very interesting...again, thanks...tv

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April 30, 2012 at 07:15:55
Thanks RIIDER...Your assumption is correct. I was foolish, and $34.00 did not reduce my "CPU" just my "POCKET", am following FINGERS advice, however, working keyboard is not easy working with fingers crossed...tv

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April 30, 2012 at 07:35:59
What are the exact words of the message you're getting ? If it pops up in a message window, what's the text of the title ?

Low memory or low disk space messages are a different thing.

Some programs, e.g. AVG 2012, pop up a message about Internet Explorer using a high amount of memory while you're using it. I just ignore that when it's AVG's message, or you could use a different internet browser program, such as FireFox.

For detailed info about how you use msconfig to disable the loading of un-necessary Startup programs....
See response 4 in this:

How much ram does the computer have ?
(RIGHT click on My Computer, choose Properties - that's shown on the right side of the window that pops up.)

XP just barely runs as it should when the computer has 256 mb of ram, especially when you're using onboard (built into the mboard) video.
Windows will perform a lot better if a faster computer has 512 mb or more; if a slower computer has 1 gb (1,024 mb) or more.

What's the total size of the C partition and how much free space is left on it ?
(Hold your cursor over C, or RIGHT click on C, choose Properties.)

If there's less than 10% free space on that partition, Windows will run slower than it would with more free space - the less free space below about 10%, the slower Windows will run.

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