System and System Idle HOGGING

July 21, 2010 at 19:02:20
Specs: Windows XP
I am having a sudden issue. I turned my computer off the other night and in the morning turned it on and Windows would not fully load. It would get to the desk top and a couple things in the Quick Launch bar next to the clock, but the computer acted like it was still trying to load and wouldn't allow anything to be done. The speaker icon and power icon still hasn't appeared. And I'm not like some people and have 20 things popping up down there...I keep it to a minimum cuz I don't like background programs hogging resource. Anyway, I was helpless, IFFF the cursor moved it would be minimal and seconds after the stroke on the touchpad was made. clicking on anything once you fought to get there was impossible. After many restarts, power downs, and removal of power, every once in a while I can get it to function ok. I was able to install and run all of the AV, spyware, etc that I found on another thread, and a couple things were found, but nothing serious...yet it is still acting up. I even went as far as putting in another hard drive that had OS already on it that loads on every other computer just fine, but in this computer it acts the same...sometimes It'll work and other times it wouldn't get past the username/password. I finally got all of the drivers installed, and still acts up most times. I just don't know what to do...WHEN I can get task manager to pull up (even using ctrl alt del it doesn't always work) It shows that between system process and system idle process takes between 70-100% of the processor and System will vary from 40-90% but mostly on the higher end. I just don't know where to turn. I ended up putting original hard drive back in. I only put a spare on in to get the laptop functional while I fixed the OS on the we didn't have to go downstairs. I have NEVER had as many problems with computers until my fiance brought this Acer laptop in to the relationship. I dunno if this is anything or (probably) just a coincidence, but it seems it works much better when I take the battery out and leave it out and just function off AC...which we function off AC all the time anyway as the battery lasts about 5 min. Like I said, a long shot, but has anyone noticed issues with having a bad battery installed?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You in Advance,

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July 22, 2010 at 00:28:27
HemiMoparGuy1981, anything tried is just a guess at this point for me. Mine's some sort of nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.). Know you've run an AV, but be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
If that doesn't do the trick, you need to determine what's running so you can take the appropriate action. There're freebies around that'll do that. See:
Ed in Texas.

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July 22, 2010 at 11:39:37
I did all the steps here to a Tee. And it still seemed to act up...until I took the battery out and left it out, seems to be working just fine now. Which consisted of an AV, trojan remover, stinger, spybot S&D, AdAware, CWSHredder, and VX2...Ran 3 times in safe mode just like mentioned, etc then I ran them in normal mode too. But until it froze after restart I got upset and sick of unplugging AC AND pulling battery out I yanked out the battery and left it out and now seems to be fine. WHen I put the battery back in, it acts up again. I know seems coincidental, but it really seems to be working. Another thing I remembered is for the past month or so trying to play games in Facebook it'd lock up to when trying to load or exit the game...cursor could still move, but couldn't click on anything (task bar start menu, pulldown menus in Firefox, etc) and expect results except for opening a new tab in Firefox...and Facebook would sit there and show the loading circle for it seems like forever, but I found that if I click to open a new tab and it pulls up an untitled tab the facebook tab will kick into gear...kinda odd, but not as odd as the computer working fine when disconnecting the battery...But I will try that superantispyware thing as well, cuz it def won't hurt.

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