Hello again, I have this problem with this computer in which the CPU usage is always around 40-60% whe idle, I find this strange because there are hardly any programs on the PC. Thing is when i boot in to safe mode, everything is fine and CPU usage is back to 0%-10%.
AMD Athlon XP 3200+
1 gig of RAM (32 Mb shared with graphics)
Win XP pro
geforce 3 ti 200.
You can press CRTL-ALT-DELETE and then select the 'processes' tab. Then you can sort the processes on CPU usage. This way you can check which process is using the CPU. If you don't know what the process is doing post it here, and maybe someone can give you more information.
on the taskmanager process tab, find that which service uses high cpu usage and disable the service..
try to scan with antivirus software and anti spyware software...
Maybe it is that svchost service again. In my case, the CPU usage shoots up to almost 100% and svchost consumes it all. I actually don't know what it does and why it uses a freakingly huge amount of CPU power. That happens even when my computer is idle which is really really annoying.
Those can sometimes be tricky to track down if it's the svchost.exe. You'll need an extra tool to determine which service it is, then which file. Then you have to determine (based on which service it is) the best method to elminate the problem, which may involve compromise if a file replacement doesn't work.
Yes, because there is a Windows process that starts working whenever the computer is idle (it sorts of sort your files so that everything will run smoother) and stops when you start doing something. The computer should be on about 40-60% while idle (on Windows), if it's lower than that something is wrong.
The problem is that his computer isn't really "idle" when he's checking the process list. He means he's not running any apps. Constant 40-60% CPU usage is not normal in this circumstance and he would benefit from tracking down the problem.
BTW, what is "hardly any programs"? Do you have anti-virus running?
You can go to Task Manager by pressing Control-Alt-Delete and see which processes are running.You can delete unwanted processes.Secondly there are many softwares that have utility to detect and show processes and threads that are running behind explorer.This processes can be remained instance of applications.I use End-It All software for that.System mechanic also provides that utility.
try to scan with some anti spyware software.
What you need to do is go into the task manager click on procceses, then see which one takes the most cpu usage, then google the procces and see what it gives you.
if its malicious, end it.
if it cant be ended, start in safe mode and delete the file by searching for it using the search feature.