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svchost.exe at nearly 50% constantly

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I was already at the security section...at length. My machine is clean but I was pointed to the "tech section" for my ongoing issue. Upon reboot, my machine has an instance of svchost.exe running at 50% (or very, very close) constantly.

The security rep mentioned that I have a lot of things loading on start-up. A couple of times I've run cleaners, rebooted and the issue is gone, but after a 2nd reboot, it's back.

Another time Microsoft had me run through each item in msconfig and disable them one at a time and rebooting every time. I found that one time after disabling Mcafee system guard the issue went away, but then came back.

McAfee had me uninstall some of my favorite programs like Adaware, superantispyware, spybot, and spyblaster. That didn't work and I came here...and we got rid of some baaaad stuff. I've reinstalled superantispyware and adaware.
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You do not need any of the HP digital imaging software to run ALL of the time.
Nor do you need HP updater always running, or Photo shop, and Itunes.
These programs will start when you open them (or the programs that use them) they do not need to run always.
I think you may wish to re post in the mal-ware forums, but I am not an expert.
You do not need two antispyware programs running, and you want only one resident shield.
You also do need some kind af anti-virus, yes I saw the mcaffee...again you need some kind of anti-virus (because mcaffee does not do much more than make you think that you are protected)
I suggest that you get rid of the mcaffee, all of it. And then get a program as recommended by a mal-ware expert in the proper forum.
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While I whole-heartedly agree that Mcafee should be removed (http://service.mcafe...=107083&lc=1033), I do not see more than one anti-virus. If you do have more than one full-time antivirus 'client,' choose one and remove the other.

I do see Lavasoft Ad-aware and superAntiSpyware. Both of those should not be running full-time as clients. Use one as "always on" in 'protection' mode, and the other as a back-up scanner. Just like anti-virus, more than one 'client' running full time can cause conflicts and system hang-ups, resulting in a lower lvel of protection.


I do not think that that is your main issue. hfcg is spot-on when he points out all the processes that you have auto-starting and running contiunously. It is not necessary to allow them all to auto-start. They will still function properly when you 'call' them when needed.

I strongly suggest that you download, install and start using free WinPatrol to control your auto-starts: http://www.winpatrol.com/ Help files(simple tutorials): http://www.winpatrol.com/features.html

Also get free Process Explorer: http://technet.micro...s/bb896653.aspx It is what Taskmanager wants to be when it grows up and graduates from college. A mouse-over an instance of svchost will reveal the Service(s) being hosted.

Take a look at my Vox post about all this: http://doc1101.vox.com/
The 'links' there are not live. Copy and paste the URLs to your browser's address bar to view the referenced pages.
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Quick look of the log shows it to be clean, so I would agree with McAfee being responsible
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