High CPU Usage

Hey everyone, I have a Dell Studio 1558 Laptop running Windows 7 64-bit. It has been working flawlessly..until now. For the past two weeks I have been getting random high CPU usage. After about 20 minutes of use, the CPU maxes out to 100%. This even occurs when the computer is idling. The only way to resolve it is to restart the computer but it eventually happens again. I have tried running virus scans using Norton 360 and Malwarebytes but the computer always shuts down in the middle of the scan, even in safe mode! I really hope there is a way to fix this because the computer is unbearable to use when its maxed out.

wmiprvse.exe seems to always run high for some reason. I've tried to include a screenshot of process explorer but the forum won't let me. I've already confirmed my account so I'm not sure what is going on.
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  1. kenrivers said:

    Thank you. The only gadget I have active is the standard CPU/RAM gauge. I will disable that and see if that improved. After reading the forum posts, I also have VMware Workstation 9 which seems to cause problems as well. I will check into this and see if I can fix the problem.
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