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Random CPU Usage Spikes


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BoomShake007

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Ok, so recently I've noticed some relatively random spikes in CPU usage. Some are 50% or more. These are brief, but enough to throw things off. For example, I'm trying to watch a video file (which I've watched flawlessly before), and every so often it'll seem to freeze and jump ahead very slightly. Sometimes while I'm mousing around, I'll notice a slight stutter every once in a while. While listening to music, it'll freeze for a split second and continue. It's most noticeable in video and audio, obviously.

All of these things I've noticed correspond to a CPU usage spike, which I've seen in the process manager graphs. I've tried watching the processes to see which one spikes, but I haven't been able to catch one yet. And so I turn to you lovely folks to help me out here. Here's some info, etc. Let me know if you need more:

System Specs:
Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2 (all critical updates installed)
AMD Athlon64 3700+ (stock 2.2GHz)
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 mainboard
120GB WD UltraATA HDD
ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB graphics card
420W PSU

Protection:
Netgear router firewall
Sygate Personal Firewall (the free one)
AVG Antivirus
AdAware Personal SE
Spybot S&D
The Cleaner (trojan scannar)

...and I pride myself in safe browsing habits. I use Firefox, don't install unknown stuff, etc.

What I've tried (that I can remember lol):
Reboot
Ran CCleaner
AdAware Personal SE scan
Spybot scan
AVG scan
Ran Trend Micro HouseCall online scan
Ran Ewido full scan
Defragmented

Here's the HijackThis log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:21:20 PM, on 3/12/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools\daemon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Brian\Desktop\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DAEMON Tools] "C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools\daemon.exe" -lang 1033
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SmcService] C:\PROGRA~1\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe -startgui
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Logitech Hardware Abstraction Layer] KHALMNPR.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Logitech SetPoint.lnk = C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1138325726125
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1138325719234
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Adobe Systems - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG E-mail Scanner (AVGEMS) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: Diskeeper - Diskeeper Corporation - C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: Sygate Personal Firewall (SmcService) - Sygate Technologies, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe
O23 - Service: StarWind iSCSI Service (StarWindService) - Rocket Division Software - C:\Program Files\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\StarWind\StarWindService.exe

Any help you can give me would be vastly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Boom

Edited by BoomShake007, 12 March 2006 - 09:28 PM.

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Metallica

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Hi BoomShake007,

I don't see any malware.

You can try disabling these two from startup:
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Logitech SetPoint.lnk = C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe

They are not really necessary and the Adobe software has been known to cause some slowdowns.
Then reboot and give it a try.
If that doesn't work, I'm afraid you'll need to luck in the Hardware forums for specialized help.

Regards,
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BoomShake007

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thanks, I've disabled both of those things. So far so good.
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I hope it stays that way. :tazz:

I'll leave this thread open just in case.

Regards,
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