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"Updates from HP Agent" slowing system down

Last Modified: 2011-10-19
"Updates from HP Agent" is a global start-up item on my system.  It is slowing my system considerably and making me crazy.  Is this a necessary item?  

I've tried ending the process, but there are other "agent" processes that seem to be doing the same thing/taking over when HP Agent is stopped, ie, sloooowing things down.  

In Task Manager, under Performance, CPU usage jumps up and down from 4% to 100%.  I've run HijackThis and ComboFix and have attached those logs if they would be helpful.  

Also, on the ComboFix log there is C:\HP\bin\cloaker.exe.  Sounds sinister.  lol  

thanks for your help!
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