I'm having a problem with my CPU Usage wanting to stay at 100%. I can turn the computer on, and it'll run just fine for a few minutes, but as soon as I start running programs, the usage shoots through the roof. The only programs I run consistently/regularly are AIM, Firefox, LockMyPC, FreeRAM XP Pro, avast!, and sometimes uTorrent. To help with spyware and attempting to keep things running smooth, I also have CCleaner and Spybot - Search & Destroy.
Dell Inspiron 9100
Windows XP Home, SP2
Pentium 4, 3.00 GHz
1.00 Gb of RAM
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
I also recently installed and then uninstalled RegistryBooster 2 and SpeedUpMyPC 3, as they were suggested by a friend, but I found little to no difference in using them. However, in recent startups, RegistryBooster 2 has appeared on the Task Manager (RegistryBooster.exe). I was having problems with CPU usage before those were installed, though.
Strange thing is, most of the time, it's the System Idle Process that's in the upper 90's as far as CPU goes, and yet the CPU Usage (under Performance) is still 99-100%. And then, almost suddenly, everything will calm down, and then start back up a few minutes later.
My laptop was once amazing with PC games, but now it's just a slug with everything half the time.
Much appreciation in advance.