troubleshooting Question

What is SysFader and why is it constantly taking 5-10% CPU?

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For the past 2-3 months I have had a thread called SysFader on my Explorer.exe (as shown by TaskInfo2000 from

To see a screenshot of what I am talking about, look here:

I have no idea what this thread is, what is using it, or even if it is somehow harming my machine. All I know is that it never uses less than 5% CPU (on a 866mhz P3 w/ 512 megs RAM) ..

The thread starts as soon as I boot Windows, even before I start my applications .. And when it starts taking high CPU (10-15%) there is nothing I can do (that I know of) to fix it other than to reboot ..

I am at a complete loss on how to fix this, or even how to troubleshoot it .. I asked around and other people don't seem to have this thread running ..

Any ideas?

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