Dear all, could anyone tell me why,in Task Manager, the cpu shoots up to 100% when only the Firewall (econceal), avast, with spyware terminator only running.I have noticed the peaks are greatly diminished for a time, after I shut-down the firewall and re-start the same.Could there be a conflict lurking in there somewhere? The high usage can last for appx' 6 to 7 seconds, is this ok.Your suggestions greatly appreciated, I am a first time poster, I think; I posted twice on this board, seemingly to no avail, both times logged in and password correct. XP Pro, 1.6ghz, 60mb. ps: I don't seem to be able to get any response from the search forum.
Peaks are not uncommon. If the high readings lasted a really long time then there may be reason to look further. If on the whole you are getting low readings at idle things look OK.
If you look in task manager and choose the processes tab and the third column across which should say CPU it will show you usage by program or process. During any sustained high usage see if you can identify any name to help pin things down.
There are things which do use CPU capacity for intermittent use eg your email client checking for email on the server.
I've just had a look at the processes, and lo and behold, eConceal firewall is going up to 100,but so is SYSTEM IDLE, when the firewall goes high, the green box in bottom right coincides, but, when it finishes and returns to zero, SYS IDLE takes up the cudgels, and proceeds to leap up to 97, but the green task manager,bottom right, stays schtum, sorry to trouble you again.
System idle is used by the PC to do the things it needs to when you are not using it. Mine does the same. If you like its whats left over after the other processes have taken their bit. That is why the green box records nothing. It's OK.