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Old 12-24-10, 02:52 PM
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Question cpu usage

quite often i get a message from my-'norton internet security-performance'
it states 'high cpu usage' by MSN.EXE.
it shows that 98% of cpu usage.
is this MSN.EXE. something i can turn off?
i have run the norton anti virus scan,it found & corrected some problems.
but i still have this problem.-& the p/c seems 'slow'
it is an 8yr old emachines,with a celeron 2.50 ghz processor.& 1256 mb memory.40 gb HD
windows-XP- IE8
 

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Old 12-24-10, 03:17 PM
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Well...first...I highly recommend you dump the Norton (which is probably using most of your resources and cpu) and go with something like Avast or AVG antivirus, as well as Malwarebytes. You could also just get Microsoft Security Essentials which has been working very well for me.

Your machine is very similar to my garage PC except for the HD.

Not positive what MSN.exe is...but you can check your status by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up task manager and look at processes...it will tell you what the hog is.
 
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Old 12-24-10, 03:50 PM
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i opened the task manager.
at the botom of the window, it shows-'47 processes'(does that sound normal?)
next to that is the 'cpu usage', it goes from 2% up to 100%,such as when i click on this thread & it takes several seconds to load.

but i do not see/ understand 'what' is hogging the cpu
 
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Old 12-24-10, 03:59 PM
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Look at the list above the bottom of the window... open it to full screen so you can see everything, then just let it run without doing anything.
Normally you will see the "system idle process' at the bottom go into the 90's. If not...look for something using a lot.

I have a pretty basic satup and I have 50 processes open, depending on what programs are running.
 
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yes, at the bottom- the idle process- jumps around, from 78/86/94/76-%

does it sound normal, for the cpu usage to jump to 100% for 3-4-5 seconds when i do something - like 'post this reply' ?
 
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Old 12-24-10, 04:42 PM
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Yes...normal.
But idle should be up in the 90's when nothing is being done.

Again...look at the stuff above...ignore the bottom...
 
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in the list of processes,-about 7 from the bottom is this 'msn.exe'.
it is the one that cpu #'s jump up with the 'cpu usage'#'s

i use 'verizon-dsl-with msn'. i think that is what is called my 'browser'
do different browsers use less/more cpu power?
 
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Old 12-25-10, 02:25 PM
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i switched to 'google chrome'
solved my problem
i how have 49 processes in the task manager.
& the cpu usage dropped down - it only spikes briefly
 
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Old 12-25-10, 02:36 PM
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Glad you found a solution...Firefox or Chrome are much better than MS IE. Not sure what the MSN is...but I think thats basically a homepage fro search and browsing...not an actual 'browser". Prob lots of junk though.
 
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MSN Explorer is a separate browser from Internet Explorer, and was included with Windows XP, as well as bundled software from many ISP's. Chrome is lighter on system resources than Firefox, which is closer to IE. Unfortunately, Chrome is not as widely supported as Firefox, which isn't quite supported as well as IE. Additionally, both Chrome and Firefox are slightly slower than IE in receiving security updates, although to be fair hackers have not developed as many exploits for Chrome or Firefox as they have for IE.

Considering IE still owns more than 60% market share, it will likely be the browser standard for quite a few more years. As soon as another browser becomes predominant, hackers will shift their focus on exploiting that browser instead of IE.

Browser preferance is primarily a personal choice, although if you browse forums across the Internet you will find that supporters of browsers other than IE tend to be more vocal about their preference.
 
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so far 'i' am very happy with chrome!
i had been with 'ie' for the past 7 yrs.
never had this 'power hog' concern until about 4-5 months ago.
have been using 'norton' for 4-5 years/didn't like the 'free mcafee' that verizon offers-it would want to do a full scan every time i booted up.
 
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