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System Process in CPU rises to 80-90% every few seconds

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OS: Windows 2000 Professional SP4
Intel Pentium 4 CPU
776,260 KB RAM

For the past 5 days, the "System" process in the Task Manager has spiked up to 80%-90% + every few seconds, thus maxing out the CPU at 100% for minutes at a time. I began to notice this first when trying to use Firefox, which I installed a couple of weeks ago because IE had been running so painfully slow, especially when attempting to log in to my Hotmail account. Now both Firefox and IE seem to affect the System CPU usage tremendously, although the CPU will max out even when neither are running. This computer (as well as another) is hooked up to a server.

I followed the Malware and Spyware Cleaning Guide. Although I was not able to run SysRestorePoint (not allowed by a security policy), I was able to follow the other steps. I have pasted the RootRepeal log below. (note - after running, I received an error message: DeviceIoControl Error! Error Code=0x0). I was not able to run OTL - received error message: System Restore Interface not Present. When running Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware, 0 malicious files were found.

Any suggestions would be helpful as I have not been able to find a solution to my problem in any forums that I have searched. Let me know any add'l info you need.

Thank you in advance.

Edited by Rorschach112, 12 December 2009 - 05:39 AM.
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Wrong forum.

I suggest that you start a new topic in the Malware Removal and Spyware Removal area.

Before you start a new topic click on this link --> Malware and Spyware Cleaning Guide, Please read before starting a new topic. This will give you a few preparations to make, as well as instruction for posting your OTListIt2 log.

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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