CPU usage higher than normal

July 27, 2012 at 01:40:08
Specs: Windows 7 Ulimate 64bit, AMD Phenom X4, 2.2GHz, 4gig RAM
Hi guys,

My computer recently blue screened and crashed, wouldn't boot for some time, now is booting again so i formatted my drive and put a clean install of windows 7,
Notice it running a little sluggish, then realized my CPU usage was reaching 40/50 percent when i was doing as little as watching a Youtube video at 480p and 72

I'm sure this is not normal, is my CPU on the way out?
thanks in advance for any help =]

here's my specs

Processor AMD Phenom X4, 2.2GHz
4 Gig of RAM
Graphics - Radeon HD 5570
500W PSU
Windows 7 ultimate 64bit

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July 27, 2012 at 02:28:30
Go to the task manager processes tab and identify the high CPU usage process.

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July 27, 2012 at 04:20:56
My task manager is where I noticed it being so high, when i have a video streaming on Firefox that's the highest at about 240mb, Avg after that :-/
that's the RAM its using tho isn't it, can i check how much each program is taking of my CPU's power ?

apologies if my Terms are not correct my knowledge is pretty limited

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July 27, 2012 at 04:30:16
Or install Process Explorer from Microsoft to show more details about processes than Task Manager can.

If your clean install was from a recovery disk rather than a retail disk then you have unnecessary programs running in the background that the system manufacturer thought you could not live without. Uninstall programs you do not use and Run msconfig, go to Start Tab and uncheck all except Microsoft and your antivirus program, Apply and restart the machine.

If you are running Norton or McAfee as your antivirus program then either of these bloatware are Very possibly the cause. In this case, uninstall using their uninstaller from their website (important since a normal uninstall does not remove these completely) and install Avast free version instead.

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