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Monday, April 25, 2011


Causes And Solutions To High CPU Usage Issues

Is your computer taking ages to open an application or to start or shutdown Windows?

Is slow computer speed affecting your productivity?

Are you a victim of frequent computer freeze ups?

Before you seek assistance from a computer expert or upgrade your hardware, we recommend that you take a glance at your Windows Task Manager window. More often than not, slow computer issues are the result of excessive CPU consumption by one or more running processes, such as the werfault.exe or nbservice.exe processes.

The purpose of this article is to provide users with solutions to high CPU usage issues. To begin, let’s take a look at reasons due to which one or more processes on your computer may consume excessive CPU resources:

  • Malware infection
  • Registry Issues.
  • Outdated or Incompatible software.
  • Conflicting software

To resolve high CPU usage issues, perform the following steps:

Run a malware scan

Malware programs upon entering a system unleash innumerable processes that may consume huge amounts of CPU resources and slow down your computer. Also, malware may infect your otherwise good files and cause them to report high CPU usage. Run a malware scan on your computer to ensure your PC is not infected. If threats are reported in the scan, immediately delete them to resolve high CPU usage issues.

Perform a registry scan

The next step is to clean your registry. A corrupt registry can considerably slow down your computer speed and if timely action is not taken may even cause various errors. To clean your registry, seek the assistance of a reliable Windows registry cleaner tool.

Update your software

If the above steps fail to fix the high CPU usage issue, identify the program to which the process(s) that is consuming excessive CPU resources belongs to.

After you have identified the software, check if the software you are using is compatible with your version of Windows. If the software is incompatible, then you will need to either install the latest version of the software or choose another software that is compatible with your operating system.

If the software you are using is compatible then check whether its files are up-to-date or not. Outdated files not only can cause your computer speed to drop, but may also cause frequent errors. To update your software files, visit the software manufacturer’s website and download the latest available updates and security patches.

Uninstall any conflicting software

It is possible that you may have unknowingly installed conflicting software. If this is the case, then you will need to uninstall one of the software to resolve the high CPU usage issue. For instance, if you have installed two anti-virus programs and are perplexed by high CPU usage consumption of processes belonging to either or both the antivirus programs, then uninstall either of the antivirus programs to fix the issue permanently.

If the above steps fail to resolve the high CPU usage issue then it is likely that the culprit process(s) that is consuming high CPU resources is designed that way. What we mean is that consuming huge amounts of resources is its normal behavior. In such as case, nothing much can be done, other than removing its associated program and using another software of the same kind, one which consumes less resources.

Remember – slow and steady doesn’t work when usingcomputers. Instead, your mantra should be fast but steady… and this exactly what the above steps will help you achieve.

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