CPU Spikes to 100%

Toshiba / P30
June 19, 2011 at 16:56:46
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 1.69/632MB
I have a computer running XP, IE8, and FF 4.x. Every time I start either browser the CPU spikes to 100%. I have run CCLEANER, AVG, Housecall Online Scanner, and Malwarebytes. All came back stating there was no problems. I then ran spyboy and it reported some problems. I had to run it three or 4 times before it came back clean. The problem is I still have the same issue and I am not sure what to do next to try and resolve the problem.

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June 20, 2011 at 12:03:11
Use Ctrl-Alt-Del keys to bring up Task Manager then select Processes tab.

Which of the items listed is showing 100% CPU?

Please do not post then vanish - let us know the outcome

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June 20, 2011 at 20:05:12
Download Game Booster. It speeds up the processor performance and defragments RAM. It's not necessarily for gamers... I use it when I'm mult-tasking or when my computer is running slow.

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June 21, 2011 at 10:37:41

Both times it is the browser causing the issue, either IE or FF depending which one I started.

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June 21, 2011 at 15:09:32

I have to admit that what you've described has thrown me off balance a tad. If it had been either FF or IE (but not both) then obviously there was scope for a re-install or repair option for the appropriate browser.

The only thing I can think of that is common to both, is the fact that you go online. I suppose there is a vague chance of it being tied up with a virus checker (or some other common factor) that is causing this.

So, I'm scratching around in the dark a bit. All I can suggest is that you disable your connection (probably a tray icon) then repeat the test. If that makes no difference try tempoarily disabling your virus checker. I'm looking for something that will give the necessary lead and can then be tackled.

See how you get on but keep an eye on this post to see if anyone else thinks of something that my head hasn't yet got around to.

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June 24, 2011 at 13:28:49
Thanks Derek...I will try some tests and update the post.

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August 31, 2011 at 08:59:17
My applogies. This computer is my Dad's and he lives about 6 hours away and I have been unable to get back there to continue on this issue. I will have to abandon this post and will reopen when I get time to get up to see him for an extended period of time, or if I can bring the machine home with me.

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August 31, 2011 at 09:58:13
Yes, it's surprising what hands-on can do. Sometime you see something that hasn't been mentioned which can make all the difference. By the way, you don't need Game Booster that was suggested earlier (I must have missed it).

I'll probably see you on your new post sometime. It will attract new helpers which is always a good idea. I suspect I'm the only one monitoring this post by now.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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