iexplore CPU spike every 30 minutes

December 30, 2009 at 18:06:40
Specs: Windows XP
My computer almost stops. So I go to "windows Task manager" and locate iexplore.exe. I then click on it and click on "end Process" which zeros all out and I then can proceed to use my computer. WHY does the iexplore.exe numbers in Task Manager get so high? and is there any way to cure this daily, multiple hassle?

Thank You for your help.

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December 30, 2009 at 21:30:18
Run a virus scan. Preferably while in safe mode without internet.

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December 31, 2009 at 03:35:55
Yeah, it could be down to other programs (viruses, malware, spyware etc) running in the background that are trying to interact with the browser or forcing it to use an abnormally high amount of resources.

That's assuming that you're not simply opening too many windows, tabs, videos and downloads! The more tabs you have open, the harder IE is going to have to work to keep up.

If you know that you're not trying to cruise through too many sites at once, I'd run a spyware or malware scan and check to see if any other processes are having a knock on effect. It's quite likely that you've picked up some spyware so get rid of that and your CPU will thank you for it =p

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December 31, 2009 at 08:59:41
Have run malware etc. checks. I have Norton Corporate Edition with extras ... also Spybot and Malwarebytes. All say all clear.
Can be trying to run just ONE program like Google entry page. So too busy I am not.
Thank you so much for responding and trying to help me.

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December 31, 2009 at 09:24:41
Do you have a wireless connection in your house? If so, be sure it is secure.

A neighbor may be accessing and using your WiFi connection.

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December 31, 2009 at 09:40:34
No WiFi but makes sense.

Thank You for attemting to help me.

Just found this site. GREAT

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December 31, 2009 at 09:59:49
I wouldn't necessarily rely on Norton to find stuff.

Do you have a broadband, always on connection? Do you shut down your computer when not in use?

If the above apply then Windows and/or othr programs may be downloading updates when you do turn on the computer.

Or your computer may be a bot for spam or whatever. You can install a meter to see what volume of traffic is going in and out on your connection. That type of malware is hard to detect.

My thought is that your problem must be internet related because it goes away when to close down the internet connection.

You could try booting to safe mode (F8 at start up) with internet and see if you still have the same issue.

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