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nkinneberg

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    svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
    « on: July 31, 2009, 03:14:07 PM »
    I've spent hours reading on the internet net as to how to fix this problem on my computer.  I am running an older computer with Windows XP and have Windows Service Pack 3.

    First, I noticed that my computer was running slowly and I soon found out on task manager that svchost.exe was using up all of my cpu.  I used ProcessExplorer to determine that this was the host that was dealing with automatic updates, as well as several other things.  I ran a scan with Avira to check if it were a virus or malware on the computer but it didn't show anything.  I tried turning off Microsoft updates, and that didn't help.  I also tried turning off Automatic Updates, but that didn't help either.

    I rejoiced when I found that Microsoft released a patch to fix the problem, but when I tried to install it, I received a notice that it had no need to install because I already had a later version than the update.

    I've tried cleaning my registry with CCleaner, but it didn't help.  I have run out of options and could use some help...  :'( ???

    hectorperdomo



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      Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
      « Reply #1 on: July 31, 2009, 07:37:57 PM »
      rebootting windows

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      Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
      « Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009, 08:09:55 PM »
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      Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
      « Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 10:51:37 PM »
      Apart from the possibility that you do have a virus even if Avira does not detect it (see Mulreay's post), have you installed MVPS HOSTS recently? Apparently a large HOSTS file can do this too.

      nkinneberg

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        Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
        « Reply #4 on: August 01, 2009, 07:56:08 PM »
        Just a little more information I've noticed; whenever I start up my computer the cpu usage is normal, but as soon as automatic updates kicks in, the cpu jumps to 100%.  Also, it says "downloading updates" and will only go up to 13%, even if I'm on the computer for quite some time.  I have been unable to determine what exactly it is downloading.

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        Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
        « Reply #5 on: August 01, 2009, 08:16:42 PM »
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        nkinneberg

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            Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
            « Reply #7 on: August 23, 2009, 08:39:05 AM »
            Oh, it's alright now.  I disabled automatic updates and uninstalled my anti-virus.  The combination seems to have fixed my computer.

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            Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
            « Reply #8 on: August 23, 2009, 09:01:11 AM »
            So you're running without an Anti Virus utility? Not recommended my friend.

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            Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
            « Reply #9 on: August 23, 2009, 11:38:56 AM »
            As well, as disabling updates...

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            Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
            « Reply #10 on: August 23, 2009, 01:48:15 PM »
            Oh, it's alright now.  I disabled automatic updates and uninstalled my anti-virus.  The combination seems to have fixed my computer.

            I don't think any of us here consider that to be a fix.  All that does is mask the issue - like putting a bandage over a GSW(Gun Shot Wound).  You can't see the wound but the bullet is still in there doing damage.
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            Re: svchost.exe is taking up 100% of my cpu
            « Reply #11 on: August 23, 2009, 11:32:12 PM »
            get an antivirus!
            once i ran without an antivirus and had a virus withen a week