CPU always at 100 percent!!! HELP!

Hewlett-packard Pavilion a4316f-b deskto...
April 21, 2010 at 00:11:39
Specs: Windows Vista Home Basic 32x
Hello guys, my CPU is always at 100% after logon. My RAM is 1GB, but only around 500 MB of it is used on average. So, I don't think it's a RAM problem. But CPU always remains at 100%.

I think this started when I ran the Mount&Blade game and it closed automatically, telling me Data Execution Prevention (DEP) closed it... (This had never happened when I'd run it many times earlier.)

I've observed the Task Manager for sometime, and found a few processes always taking up high CPU--

1. svchost.exe (SYSTEM) around 50%
2. System (SYSTEM) around 10%
3. Apart from these, from the time I logon, any one process (eg. GrooveMonitor.exe) goes to around 45% from 0%. When I end this process, (it's USER RUN process, so no harm to PC if I end it), another process (eg. sspdfagentd.exe) previously at 0% goes up to 45%, when I close it, another goes up and it continues until I close every process except explorer.exe, csrss.exe, and winlogon.exe remain. Still 100% remains. wuaudlt.exe (Windows Update) reopens everytime I close it...

Now even Microsof Office 2007, Adobe PDF Reader 9.0 (due to DEP), have stopped working!! I'm thinking of formatting my PC when I get time.

But that'll have to wait as I've got exams coming up. So could any1 suggest what to do in the meantime??? Can someone help me??? Thanks in advance!!

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April 21, 2010 at 07:04:21
You probably should be posting in the Vista forum.

Google says that sspdfagentd.exe is related to SmartSoft PDF Printer (demo). If you don't use it, uninstall it. And I highly doubt you need Groove Monitor...run MSCONFIG & disable it. While you have it open, disable anything else that needlessly loads at startup.


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May 7, 2010 at 09:09:26
I think that you should so try to repair your operating system
with TuneUp Utilities(try the trial version) and make a computer
scan with KasperSky Virus Removal Tool(free softeweare)
because I think that you might have a virus.

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May 20, 2010 at 08:22:00
Try Process Explorer to examine processes in detail:

Just another stupid saying...

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