win 2k,  processor 100% usage, spyware?

Posted on 2005-04-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
my friend is runing win2k and her computer runs very slowly (CPU 100% usage all the time)
first I disconnect the internet thinking it might be spyware but there was no improvment.  I also ran lavasoft adware which didn't find much.

next i ran win2k in safemode, and to my suprise the cpu was still at 100% usage.  Does anyone have any ideas as to what could be wrong?  I'm lost and I'd like to avoid formating.
thank you much
Question by:sai4
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    which process is maxing?
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    Make sure to install latest Windows2000 service packs ( 40)
    List of Bugs Fixed in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 :
    HTTP Request with a Large Number of Dots or Dot-Slashes Causes High CPU Utilization :
    download the patch :

    good luck
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    do you have an Antivirus Software or SQL Server in that machine?

    If the answer is yes, download fixes from or the last service pack for that softs.
    there is an issue than make a high cpu usage with Norton AV and there is an issue with SQL Server too.

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    hey guys svchost is what's eating all the cpu time up.
    thank you steve
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    by:Nick Sui
    A module conflict. A sfc scan should resolve this issue.

    Type "sfc /scannow" (without quotes) from run box in start menu.

    Let me know.

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    I have found that some processes that come installed with HP computers can cause 100% utilization.  This link here may also help.

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    hey guys thanks for the help. sorry I've been slow about getting back to you.  My friend with the problem hasn't been around to tell me what has worked
    thank you

    It seems there was a virus called svchost.exe causing the problem

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