Yeah I know, though made in China, my computer is an American to the core. For the past few weeks it has been demanding super-sized dosages of memory.
Whenever, I stop using my laptop and leave it idle, the processor becomes really hot and the fan starts on its own. As soon as I start the Windows
Task Manager by pressing ctrl+alt+del the CPU usage drops from high 80-100% to 1-5%.
To see if my computer was being used as a dummy to relay over the internet, I disabled my internet connection but the problem persisted.
I am using XP Home, with Athlon 2200 processor with 512 MB memory. I use McAfee AV, E-Z Armor Firewall and loads of anti-spywares ( Spybot, Ad-Aware,
Spyware Doctor, MS-antispyware and Ewido Security suite).
MS Anti-spyware, McAfee AV, E-Z Armor Firewall and Google Desktop are allowed to "always run" in the background.
My partitioned drives are defragmented.
I do have Limewire (disabled on startup), but the problem persists even when I am not connected to the internet. So, I would rule out some malacious
program accessing the internet.
I know wireless cards may use a lot of memory trying to find available wireless networks, but disconnecting it too does not make a difference.
I do not have SETI style programs on my laptop.
Can someone tell me why the CPU usage shoots up to 100% when my laptop is idle?
Thanks in advance.
[edit on 6-6-2005 by Quake]