Upon loading up, the only starup application is Zone alarm. When my pc sits idle at desktop. my usage is at 60%+, is this common. Just sitting here typing away in Toms it's at a steady 83%. I have nothing else running. Can anyone tell me why my CPU is being taxed so high? I'm using Active CPU to monitor it.
There may be other processes running that you don't know about. Check out Start menu -> Run -> msconfig and also the Startup folder in the Programs section.
I haven't taken a look at only ZoneAlarm running, though.
Here's a strange bit, The only program in my startup checked is my zonealarm stuff, even unchecked systray and taskmon. Staring at a desktop, nothing open, says 60%+ used. I open up a little mpg file :-) om media player, usage drops to about 15%. Got me. I'll just keep running her. I can't figure it out.
Yeah, there's something completely wrong with that one.
Sounds like you might have a 'trojan' running somewhere. Even with the Zonealarm running. Unless you bought that program 'commercially', you might start backing up things, and figure you'll have to check them with a virus scanner before you try to use them again AFTER your hd format.