CPU usage keep going up and down even when computer is not use.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by GT, Feb 14, 2007.

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    GT Guest

    My CPU usage keep going up from 1% through 36%, 46%, 50% randomly and then
    goes back to 1% again. CPU usage keep going up and down this seem to happen
    when i hear my harddrive make a whistling sound. I disable my antivirus and
    still does that and it also happen when computer is not being use.

    Is this CPU usage activity normal in Window Vista?
    GT, Feb 14, 2007
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    R. McCarty Guest

    Most likely it's background or idle time tasks. Vista has a number of
    maintenance type scheduled tasks. Some work from a fixed schedule
    and others are triggered. Some will run when the system has been at
    an idle state for a period of time.
    Best to use a tool, such as SysInternals Process Explorer. It can give
    you very exact information on what process(es) are running the system
    resources used by them.

    Download and tool description here:
    R. McCarty, Feb 14, 2007
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    roen Guest

    Same problem as GT. The program "searchprotocolhost.exe" reads my harddisk
    all the time. Is this normal?
    roen, Feb 14, 2007
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