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This morning I was checking the processes running on my computer - which happened to be 45 - and noticed every few seconds a spike in CPU usage of about 19% would briefly appear then disappear. This was due to process "gcas.Serv.exe". I did some research and found this was part of the Microsoft Antispyware process. Just curious if anyone in the forum - who has MS Antispyware installed - would take a look at your processes and see if you have the same thing. Wonder what this is doing every few seconds, and is it normal? It consumes quite a bit of computer resources, albeit only briefly. If this is normal, seems like it would be a good idea to turn it (MS Antispyware) off when burning a CD - don't want that sharp spike in computer resources when doing an intensive operation like ripping or burning a CD.

If anyone has comments about this process, I'd appreciate hearing them...Thanks...Jim
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It uses 9% every 5 seconds on here
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Hi Keith...A friend of mine suggested what MS Antispyware is doing is "waking up" ever little bit, taking a quick peek around the computer to be sure no spyware is running, then goes back to sleep for a bit. Makes sense to me. I've run various spyware and AV apps and find no problem, so I'll live with this answer for now. Thanks for your response...Jim
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