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Cpu Usage keeps jumping from 40% to 100% please help

Hi, My cpu usage keeps jumping from 40% to 100% and everything in my computer is runing slow, i dont even have any programs opened, it did this last night and i restarted then it quit but now its doing it again could it be my cpu is dieing what should i do? Thanks
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nick2003Author Commented:
Ok so i restarted again and its fine again but how do i keep it from doing this again?
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blacksteelCommented:
It's probably a process starting in the background and not a dying CPU. If the CPU was dying, your PC wouldn't even start up. A known culprit is a process known as CTHELPER.exe. It's a program installed for Creative sound cards that sometimes interfer with other programs. You can kill that process if it's listed and it's safe to get rid of if you continue to have trouble.
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CallandorCommented:
In today's world of viruses and spyware, it would be a good precaution to run a virus check and spyware check, just to make sure nothing malicious has gotten in there and is consuming cpu in the background.  Adaware and SpybotSD and Grisoft AV and good tools for this.  You can see a recommneded list here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Browser_Issues/Q_20975384.html
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nick2003Author Commented:
disabled cthelper a while ago in msconfig and i ran adaware and spybot last night along with avg before posting this and it didnt find anything, i had a trojan horse downloader.vb.r or something like that cant remember but i deleted it and it doesnt show up anymore. Any other ideas?
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CallandorCommented:
It's important to catch it with taskmanager when this happens, then the name should be evident.  Does this happen at regular intervals?  Some programs go searching on the network at periodic intervals.
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nick2003Author Commented:
seems like it might happen at the same time they both happend at night cant remember which time the first one was, how do i catch it in taskmanager?
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CallandorCommented:
You just have to have taskmanager up and look at it when this happens.  If you have it sorted by cpu, it will jump to the top.
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