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Windows keeps loading something every 20th-30th second, cursor loading icon

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December 18, 2012 2:39:05 PM

Hello, Tomshardware, first I'd like to say thank you to anyone who might be any help here :)  And if not, thank you for checking out the thread anyway.

Over the last half year, my computer has been randomly loading something at random intervals, it shows up with the cursor with the spinning pinwheel next to it. It really worries me that this might be some virus, I have searched a ton of websites, and I have never seen anything alike it. As I am typing now it is loading every 5 seconds or so, for 5 seconds. Its really weird and it worries me. The intervals seem to change a bit, sometimes its very often, other times its not.

I have made several system scans with AVG, found nothing. Do you guys know if I can somehow check what processes run in those intervals? I would think it would be hard to catch, but if any of you know some trick?

Thank you all a bunch in advance, it really means something!
December 18, 2012 2:56:40 PM

szharz said:
Hello, Tomshardware, first I'd like to say thank you to anyone who might be any help here :)  And if not, thank you for checking out the thread anyway.

Over the last half year, my computer has been randomly loading something at random intervals, it shows up with the cursor with the spinning pinwheel next to it. It really worries me that this might be some virus, I have searched a ton of websites, and I have never seen anything alike it. As I am typing now it is loading every 5 seconds or so, for 5 seconds. Its really weird and it worries me. The intervals seem to change a bit, sometimes its very often, other times its not.

I have made several system scans with AVG, found nothing. Do you guys know if I can somehow check what processes run in those intervals? I would think it would be hard to catch, but if any of you know some trick?

Thank you all a bunch in advance, it really means something!


Can you give us a list of all running programs on your computer at the time?

Also I personally feel AVG sucks. I'd rather use anything else, malware bytes, avast, windows defender..
a b $ Windows 7
December 18, 2012 3:02:12 PM

I would happily recommend AVG as everyday protection, but if you think you might be infected, look at malwarebytes or superantispyware to remove infections.
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a b $ Windows 7
December 18, 2012 4:15:30 PM

It could simple be the virus scanner kicking in if the available ram is low. Do you see HHD activities while the cursor is spinning? Start task manager an sort it by cpu usage. Any process using all the cpu?
December 18, 2012 5:43:10 PM

Thank you all for the fast replies, I will try and install AVG right now and try malware bytes, the free version will do right?

I don't think it has anything to do with low ram, I have 16 gigs and I never even reach 10.

Ill post back when I have made a scan or something alike, with the malwarebytes. Again thanks for the responses :) 
December 18, 2012 5:44:11 PM

jonnyrb said:
Can you give us a list of all running programs on your computer at the time?

Also I personally feel AVG sucks. I'd rather use anything else, malware bytes, avast, windows defender..


How would I go about getting such a list? I think there are a lot of programs running, is the some way to export the running processes to a text document?
a b $ Windows 7
December 18, 2012 7:24:47 PM

If you start the taskmanager and goto the processes tab an click on the cpu column. That will sort the running processes by cpu usage. Normally the idle process should be the top process. Place the window somewhere on your screen, where you can see the top process, when your "loading problem" happens. The process, that causes the problem, should be one of the first two.
And by the way: Any errors in event viewer? Timeouts? read/write errors? crashed processes?
a b $ Windows 7
December 18, 2012 7:33:17 PM

There may also a task that keeps trying to complete. Go to task scheduler (type into the search) and see what is in there and stop the tasks from starting. Go through all the list including Microsoft maintenance ect.
a b $ Windows 7
December 18, 2012 7:41:52 PM

I just fixed a friend's computer which had the same problem - Windows update was trying to install an update that was failing.

To verify, launch Window Update and look at the history link. If you see failed updates, visit this site:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

It will fix the update issue, re-run windows update and make sure everything installs.
December 21, 2012 4:25:16 AM

Thank you all for the replies! it seems it is fixed now, with a virus being removed, sadly AVG never picked it up, its been on my computer for half a year now, hope its not too bad. Thank you all for the help, I appreciate it.!
December 24, 2012 11:33:33 PM

I seem to have the same problems with my cursor. What did you do to fix the problem? I have norton and it is not picking it up either
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