Maxed out CPU on Startup

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April 22, 2009 at 05:08:51
Specs: Windows XP, Not Sure
First - it's my mum's laptop and I'm just trying to help - that's why I don't have all the details to hand.

On startup the CPU maxes out at 100% leaving nothing to start any apps. I presumed virus/spyware/other malware and installed AVG, Adaware and Spybot. Ran them all a couple of times and flushed out mainly non-critical bits of rubbish. However I still have the same problem and am running out of inspiration. Another couple of symptoms are: Task Manager process CPUs changing up and down very quickly (abnormally in my experience) during this phase and the Taskbar clock starts at the right time then speeds up (1 min=1 sec) until it is an hour ahead then resets back to the correct time and repeats the cycle - never seen this before.
Any thoughts on next steps?

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April 22, 2009 at 05:21:25
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.
Also see if you have that problem in there.

OR this ---
Try System Restore to a date when all was good.
Start >All Programs >Accessories >System Tools

Using System Restore too many times can cause
more harm than good. After doing a restore
that does not fix a problem, then UNDO the
Restoration, and try another restore point, or
just do the UNDO.

OR this ---
How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state

To help troubleshoot error messages or other
issues when you cannot determine the cause of
the issue, disable common startup programs,
settings, and drivers to eliminate possible
software conflicts when you start Microsoft
Windows XP. This procedure is known as
"clean booting."

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