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kannibleklown

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I have windows xp and latley, all of a sudden my computer has been very very laggy. the cpu useage is almost always at 100% even when i'm not doign anything.

my specs:

Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.93GHz
3 gb ddr2 ram
NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS

anything else you need to know, please ask

thanks in advance
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You may have picked up some malware since that's often a symptom of malware infection. We aren't allowed to help with possible malware infections in this forum. Such advice is reserved for our malware experts here:
http://www.geekstogo...alware-removal/
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You may have picked up some malware since that's often a symptom of malware infection. We aren't allowed to help with possible malware infections in this forum. Such advice is reserved for our malware experts here:
http://www.geekstogo...alware-removal/

Have you checked your Task Manager to see what processes are eating up memory. There have ben numerous
problems in the past couple of weeks with a Microsoft update "bug", If wuauclt.exe and svchost.exe are
running high, especially after startup you may be experiencing this problem. No fix available yet but some
workarounds. Follow below links if you find the above processes are presently running wild,

http://social.answer...05-33dcf9a9a03b

http://social.answer...24-8ce618f3e939
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^ So I'm not delusional when I notice that whenever I log in, my computer is laggy and svchost and wuauclt are taking up memory?

Phew!
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^ So I'm not delusional when I notice that whenever I log in, my computer is laggy and svchost and wuauclt are taking up memory?

Phew!

Don't know how much of the linked threads you managedto go through. The suggested workaround is to turn off Microsoft Updates.
I left mine onthe AM and for the first timein 2 weeks my MSE updated itself quickly and without too much wuauclt action after that.
I simply killwuauclt.exe after start up with Process Explorer.
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Is it safe to disable Microsoft Updates?

All I remember is Windows Updates, which, correct me if I'm wrong, automatically download.
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Is it safe to disable Microsoft Updates?

All I remember is Windows Updates, which, correct me if I'm wrong, automatically download.

That's right, except if you turn off Microsoft Upates you get no automatic updates for MSE, Office,
Silverlight, etc. Windows is Windows
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^ So I'm not delusional when I notice that whenever I log in, my computer is laggy and svchost and wuauclt are taking up memory?

Phew!


Same here, my computer seems to way more sluggish than usual.
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^ I'm thinking Microsoft will fix the problem in the next update.

A simple Google search show that many people are having this problem (most have XP SP3, like me).
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