My CPU is being taxed for 98-99% of power by unknown sources on winxp. I pulled up the task manager to see what was doing it and no process was responsible for this. The system idle process says 99% My box is just barely able to get things done slowly. I've done a virus scan (Computer Associates ezantivirus it's always worked well for me) I did a spyware search with spybot and the free scan at pc pitstop and found nothing. This is nuts. I'm going to burn up here.
i was using spybot for a while and thought everything was fine and dandy. had the autoprotect popup blocker on, all was up to date, my pc was imunized by the program. i thought my pc was clean. that was until i got a copy of spyware doctor. i ran a search through my system after instal (as you do) and it came up with 263 spyware programs!!! spybot managed to miss all these?! so i got rid of them and now my pc is noticably faster on startup, shut down and everything in between. free software is good, but if you want a clean pc, youll have to spend some cash. so, the point of this reply is maybe to try a better spyware remover
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I wish it had all the drivers win2k has and could run programs (at least all MS ones) I would use it, but for now it is not at all what win2k "should've been", caz win2k runs EVERYTHING I need, win2k3 does NOT. [/source]
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i thought my pc was clean. that was until i got a copy of spyware doctor. i ran a search through my system after instal (as you do) and it came up with 263 spyware programs!!! spybot managed to miss all these?!
There is a lot of anti spyware programs that using this tactic. It claims that finding out many spywares in your system (which is mostly not true) so when you want to get rid these spywares you have to buy its subscription. I've tried Spyware doctor and don't like it (scan too long and consume too much resources which slowing down my comp).
For the best antispywares, I like Microsoft antispyware, Lavasoft Ad-aware and Spybot.
im not sure if its a tactic in this case since it did remove all found infections, and, i have found an incredible boost in performance and startup speed. i dont use the auto gaurd feature so the program isnt on unless i want it on. so the resources problem doesnt have to exist. but im very shocked about spybot since microsoft recommends it. im still using it though for double protection.