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I've been noticing in the past few days that my computer was slower. I discovered under the task manager bar that my CPU usage was close to 100% in certain instances although I was hardly running any programs. Under the processes icon I also noticed that I had a process called System Idle Process showing roughly 50% CPU usage. Strange also when I right click on this process nothing happens and I can' t even stop it. Does any one know what that is, if I should get rid of it and how
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System Idle Process is kind of a meter telling you how "idle" your CPU is. If your CPU usage is 100%, System Idle Process should be 0%, and vice versa. It doesn't actually use your CPU, just tells you what isn't being used.

You may want to look up what is using that much of your CPU. Do you mind posting some of the names? You may have a software conflict, or possibly even some malware, so try scanning your computer in Safe Mode (press F8 before the boot screen (black background with XP logo and progress bar) until a screen comes up with some options; choose Safe Mode). If it finds some malware, I would recommend putting a HijackThis log in the Malware Removal forum (links in my signature).
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Thanks for making me a bit more computer litterate! Started in Safe Mode as you suggested but it seems the system did'nt find any malware.
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OK. Is your CPU still at 100%, or was that just System Idle Process? If there are any specific processes using high percentages of your CPU (after your computer has started), would you please post the name of them here?
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Sorry for not responding sooner. Performance seems to be better. Actually it only seems to be slow when I start using windows media player. Thanks for your time anyway
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