How To Resolve High CPU Usage Problems Related To EXE Issues
Slow computer speed or frequent computer freeze ups are not always symptoms of insufficient system resources. Oftentimes, such issues are traced back to one or more bloatware (software that use inappropriate amount of system resources), malware infections, or registry issues.
The aim of this article is to provide you with the means to resolve high CPU usage problems related to exe issues.
You may perform the following steps to resolve PC problems that occur due to high CPU consumption by one or more exe processes.
Identify the culprit
The first step is to identify the process or processes that are consuming inappropriate amounts of CPU resources. To do this, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open the Windows Task Manager window. Next, click the Processes tab to view all the process that are currently running on your computer and the percentage of CPU resources each process is using. Take note of the process that is consuming huge amounts of CPU resources and identify the program to which the culprit process belongs to.
The next thing you need to do is to monitor your PC performance. If the slow system problem or freezing up of your system due to high CPU consumption by one or more exe processes happens only intermittently, then there is no need to be alarmed. However, if your PC speed is constantly slow or if it freezes up often and the culprit exe process or processes are the same every time, then you need to take the appropriate action. If the problem persists, move to the next step.
Run a malware scan
The process that is consuming huge amounts of system resources could be related to a malware. Do not get fooled by the name of the exe process. Just because you find that a particular process is known to belong to a legitimate program does not mean it could not be related to a malware. Malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately use the same or similar names as legitimate processes to escape detection.
Besides slowing down your computer, malware are also often the root cause of common exe errors, such the csrss.exe error and the trustedinstaller.exe error. Run a malware scan of your entire computer and delete or quarantine any reported infections. Removing malware should fix the high CPU consumption issue. If the malware scan did not report any malware then proceed to the next step.
Identify if the culprit is an essential process
Now that it is clear that the exe process or processes that are consuming high CPU resources are legitimate, the next step is to verify if they are essential processes, or if you can safely do without them.
For instance, often times users who use the eTrust PestPatrol Realtime Protection software find that a process, called itmrtsvc.exe consumes huge amounts of CPU resources and causes the system to frequently slow down or freeze up. Itmrtsvc.exe is basically a non-essential process, without which eTrust Protection Software can do its job efficiently.
If you find the culprit process is a non-essential process then you can easily disable it by using the System Configuration utility (msconfig) in Windows. If the problem persists after you have disabled the problem process, chances are that the culprit is a corrupt registry. To resolve this type of issue, perform a thorough registry scan using a reliable registry cleaner to sweep the registry clean of invalid and incorrect information.
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