View Full Version : stolen CPU cycles
10-20-2002, 01:40 AM
Why is it that after a certain time, theres always a process on my comp that taking up 70-90% of the cpu power?
the process is called svchost.exe and its created by LOCAL SERVICE.
anyways, its just really annoying that its always running and hogging my CPU
10-20-2002, 02:23 AM
oh, and i'm running Windows XP Pro
10-20-2002, 03:16 AM
Well I know that Windows update uses that file to check for, oddly enough, Windows updates ;) My understanding though is that svchost is a generic process that many apps use. Are you all patched up with Windows XP service pack 1 and the security updates? Are you on cable by and chance? I would first make sure you are patched before you try and dig any further. Oh yeah one more thing, do you have any kind of firewall application?
10-20-2002, 03:27 AM
yea, i'm all patched up, withe sp1 and everything. I usu. update windows whenever it wants to. I'm on a DSL ISP, but i think we're on a switch, rather than a router (its one of those small Linksys Workgroup switches). I don't have any software-based firewall running, but I do have VirusScan going all out.
Usually, if its taking away too much cpu power, i just end the process. besides, theres usu. more than one svchost running for some reason.
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