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Invisible CPU spikes and Connection Problems in 64-bit Vista

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I just got my new computer two weeks ago (it's the ASUS G71Gx from Best Buy) and I'm having some odd issues. It was working fine up until yesterday, and now it experiences random spikes where CPU usage jumps from ~3% to 70-100% for about 10 seconds at a time. These spikes occur once every 1-2 minutes and make it hard to do anything much. When I open Task Manager to figure out what's causing this, I can't really learn anything. Although it lists the CPU usage as over 70%, no process has usage over 2% when I check, and there are at most three of them.

Another problem which started occurring at the same time is that I can only maintain a connection to a wireless network for approximately 1 minute (until a CPU spike, maybe? I'm not completely sure, but now that I think about it, it's possible). Every other computer in my house can connect just fine, and this laptop could too until the other problem started as well.

I'm running 64-bit Vista, and I sincerely hope that it's not a physical problem with the computer, as I'm leaving for a very long time in 3 days. I don't think I've had the computer long enough for the culprit to be spyware or a virus, but just in case, I captured a Hijack This log:
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    Kraków my love :)

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Wrong forum for posting logs...

I suggest you go to the Malware Forum and run all the steps located in the START HERE. These self-help tools will help you clean up 70% of problems on your own. If you are still having problems after doing the steps, then please post a OTListIt2 log in THAT forum. If you are unable to run and/or post a OTListIt2 log, then post that in your initial post in the topic you create in that forum.

If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).
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