Solved my computer is crashing cpu shows 100%

June 19, 2011 at 13:54:34
Specs: Linux i686
I have lock up problems. when I hit ctrl alt delete to attempt to close programs, the usage shows the cpu running at 100% and I can not do anything with computer
I have Dell8200

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#1
June 19, 2011 at 15:31:47
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Boot to Safe Mode with Networking (F8 at start up). Download and Run Malwarebytes to pick up on infections your antivirus program missed, and remove them. Launch msconfig, Go to Start tab and uncheck all except Microsoft and your Antivirus (you can enable some again later if you need to) as this will remove programs from starting with Windows. Restart into normal mode and see if these have worked for you. Post back results.
Edit: I saw Dell and assumed Windows and a common windows issue, now I notice you list Linux. Is this for Windows or not? You should have posted in the forum for your OS, rather than CPU's since this is a software/infection issue.

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


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#2
June 20, 2011 at 13:15:25
I apologize for any confusion. It is for my windows based computer. I run one computer with windows, and run one with ubuntu. Sorry if I confused anyone, and appreciate any assistance. So it appears to be a problem wth software?

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#3
June 20, 2011 at 21:26:46
Yes. The CPU at 100% indicates something running in the background and it crashing shows this to be extreme. Malwarebytes should help if like I suspect you have malware that is trying to ruin your computing experience and reducing background programs always makes Windows more responsive. Every computer company and software vendor believes that you need to have their program already running so it can launch instantaneously when you need it, but if everyone is always running then everyone suffers with a slower system, especially you.

If you tame the CPU usage and occasionally get crashes, then you also may have a bad memory segment so you can test this with Memtest if needed.

I suggest NOW that Microsoft have one of those pop up security boxes when any program wants to add itself to your start up and asks YOUR permission to do so. How about a vote everyone?

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


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