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Re: High CPU RAM Usage Out Of Nowhere
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2014, 07:24:03 PM »
Do you use the Fax service at all? (No) Do you need the partition manager running in the background? (No - I only d/l'd it to partition my hd, and am awaiting to see if I still need to) Dropbox? (No, and I have stopped this process a few times)   Sansa Firmware Updater? (No)  Do you use Autodesk often? (I did for a class I have just finished: now I expect to use it less) Do you use the built in dialup modem? (I use the modem that TWC issued me - don't know if the internal one is needed) MSpaint also appears to be starting with windows. (I rarely use MSPaint, but remember I used Paint to make the screen capture of my task manager above, so it was probably running at the time)

Also you have two torrent distro's installed. I highly suggest you get rid of them. They can be a problem all on their own.  (besides BitTorrent, what's the other one?)

There are other programs that are starting with windows that you probably do not use regularly. If you do not use them it is suggested that you turn them off. When you need them start them up, it usually only saves a few seconds to have these programs running in the background.

I am going to suggest a program to you, it is called WinPatrol.  If you install it, and then run it, the first two tabs will help you thin out your startup programs. The two tabs are Startup Programs and Delayed Start. In startup programs (which is where the programs will probably live) you can click on a program and then click the Disable button. This will stop the program from starting in future restarts. If you click remove, it will remove that program from the startup sequence all together.

Go in there and go thru the programs and disable the programs you do not need often. If the program is totally unknown then remove it. Once you have gone thru the entire list, restart the computer and see how it is running.

Let me know.

Thanks for the help. My problem is I have a hard time telling if a process is something I need or not. Just because it's something I don't use doesn't mean it's not something my PC uses, like all those svchost.exe's that clutter my task manager. I'm afraid to disable a process that is involved in my PC running smoothly, and then have issues with it....

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Re: High CPU RAM Usage Out Of Nowhere
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2014, 07:09:07 PM »
Go into Winpatrol and go thru the list. Nothing in there is critical to the Operating System. Don't try turning off your Antivirus. If you see something like Paint that you know you do not use, or do not use enough to keep running all the time, disable it. If you are unsure about it, or do not know what it does, ask me.

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Re: High CPU RAM Usage Out Of Nowhere
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2014, 03:25:42 PM »
 I may have stumbled upon the source of my problem: I have been posting to Autodesk's (AutoCAD) official forum about a separate issue I'm having - a sub-program called AutoCAD360. It's a peripheral program that utilizes the internet cloud for drawing file sharing using iPads & smartphones on the go, when you don't have the main software on a PC handy. It apparently needs to be signed in at all times.

I have had for a while an update to the Autodesk360 program, but it can't update the program because the updater doesn't recognize my H: drive as being the source drive for my PC. So it gives me an error msg. The admin at the Autodesk forum - as a way to fix this - told me to clean out my temp folder (start>run>%temp%). I opened my temp folder and there were thousands of folders and files. Some wouldn't let me delete them (they stated they were in use), but after I rebooted my PC I was able to re-access the temp folder and clean them out. Now after rebooting again, this is what my task manager tells me:



This is more in line with what my TM used to show me right up into October or so, before it started bloating up with commit charge. So I guess that was the source of my issue, and I need to be more diligent in keeping my temp folder cleared more often. I was surprised to see so many files, as the hard drive is fairly new as my OP explains. But I guess those files were from all the programs and software I had to download to the new HD after installing it into my computer.

Thanks for all your help, Hoov! I will still install Winpatrol and use it to see what unnecessary processes I have running, as I don't think I should have 40+ processes going all the time on my little PC. Some of those processes - dropbox, Sansa Dispatcher and updater, etc. - auto-restart whenever I re-boot my PC back up, so I have to manually stop them. I think I know where I need to go to set them to manual start up only (is it Start>control panel>administrative tools>services?). I'll respond later with questions on what the winpatrol tells me. Thanks again!

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Re: High CPU RAM Usage Out Of Nowhere
« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2014, 04:15:57 PM »
Services probably will not be where you stop them, unless it is a service. If you go by what you read online most people will tell you to go thru msconfig. Personally I try going into the program itself and try to stop it from starting with Windows. If that does not work, then I go into Winpatrol and do it there.

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