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Runaway CPU

Posted on 2003-11-01
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Is there anyway to see which process is using the CPU on a Win98 machine.  In XP Task manager allows you to see what is using the CPU.  aTaskManger for Win98 shows just like XPs taskmanager except for which process is currently using the CPU.  WinTasks pro shows everything but program specific CPU usage.  I have a computer that is using the CPU at 70% at rest.  Need to know what is causing the activity.  Have done all the obvious... AdAware, Spybot, close all unnecessary programs in the start menu, shut down in realtime all unnecessary task list item... still keep chugging away at 70%.  It does seem to give way to other activity as witnessed by moving the mouse on the desktop, which send the cpu activity to below 5%.

What I need to do is observe (as XP allows me to do) which process is causing the cpu activity.  I am beginning to think that is not possible.

Any ideas? Thanks.

Laudie

 
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Note when you open the program go to the menu View and make sure there is a check mark next to View DLL's if there isn't then click on it.

Process Explorer
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml
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It maybe something called find fast

OFF97: How to Disable the Find Fast Indexer
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q158705
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Check for adware and sypware

spybot here
http://spybot.safer-networking.de/
Download
http://spybot.safer-networking.de/index.php?lang=en&page=download

AdAware
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

Spycop:
http://www.spycop.com/

BHODemon and Hijack This and Browser Hijack Blaster
http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads.php?cat=sp#det
BHODemon | Think of BHODemon as a guardian for your Internet browser: it protects you from unknown Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), by letting you enable/disable them individually. This program is my choice for BHO detection and is highly recommended.

Browser Hijack Blaster | Running silently in the background, Browser Hijack Blaster only springs into action when an attempt is made. It watches and protects the following items: IE Homepage, IE Default Page, IE Search Page, BHOs. Whenver one of the above items is changed, or a BHO is added, you are immediately provided with information on the item, along with the option to keep the change, or revert to your previous settings.

Hijack This | Written by a member of our support forums and based on our Hijacked! article, this program scans the locations in your computer system that may be modified by browser hijackers and fixes any problems found. An easy-to-understand tutorial is available at TomCoyote.org.

General and overall information about Spy/Adware
http://www.cexx.org/adware.htm
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Double check for viruses

Online Scanners

 Norton Web Services  
Go to this page and click on Scan for Viruses
http://security.symantec.com/ssc/vc_about.asp?j=1&langid=us&venid=sym&plfid=22&pkj=REODSKVYRMHCGVRVRMN

It needs to download a few file so as to activate the scan so you may see a message like this.

"The Scan for Viruses uses an ActiveX program to scan your computer. The download is approximately 1.5MB and can take about 10 minutes over a 28.8 modem.

The scan can take more than 20 minutes depending on the speed of your computer and the number of files that you have. Please do not browse away from this page unless you intend to abort the scan.
 
Downloading Scan for Viruses controls. Please wait...
 
During the download, you might see one or more messages asking if it is OK to download and run these programs. Click Yes when these messages appear.
 
Note: Scan for Viruses does not scan compressed files"
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 Trend Micro HouseCall        
www.housecall.antivirus.com
"Trend Micro's free online virus scanner
In order to better serve our customers, we ask HouseCall users to register before scanning their computer.  By registering, you will receive virus alerts from our team of Virus Doctors. You will be able to unsubscribe when you receive your first email. You can also scan without registering"
http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_corp.asp
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PC Pitstop Virus Scan
Our free Web-based virus scan uses Panda Software's award-winning technology and virus list. We're checking against the "wildlist," the roughly 200 viruses that are most prevalent in the world in a given month
http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp
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