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Services.exe - CPU Hog

Sometimes, when I reboot my Vista laptop, I notice that services.exe will hit about 50% of my CPU every 4 to 5 seconds.  If the CPU is relatively idle, this is not a problem.  If it's working hard, it is a problem.  How can I determine what services.exe is up to?  How can I get it under control?
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jdana
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questionCommented:
use process explorer and you can easily get full details

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

-popularbhaskar
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jcimarronCommented:
jdana--Another approach or one that can be used in combination with question's suggestion
http://www.optimizingpc.com/vista/msconfig.html
http://www.netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_vista.html
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jcimarronCommented:
jdana--I should also have mentioned that services.exe is usually a legitimate Windows file.  It manages the operation of starting and stopping services. This process also deals with the automatic starting of services during the computers boot-up and the stopping of services during shut-down. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
However, the legitimate version resides in C:\Windows\System32.  If you find it elsewhere it could be malware and you should run your antivirus and antispyware programs using the latest reference definitions.
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teryglenn1Commented:
What do you use for anti virus software?  I have seen Norton cause issues like this.
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jdanaAuthor Commented:
jcimarron, Your first recommended link is a good one.  Thanks.
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jcimarronCommented:
jdana--You are most welcome!
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