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I don't know if this belongs here or under Operating Systems... so if I'm wrong is placement, please move it to its proper section....

Anyways, occasionally my cpu usage just sticks/locks at 100% and ups my cpu temp to 40C.... i close down all my programs and yet the cpu is still at 100%.... After checking my task manager processes, it shows that explorer.exe is taking up all the resources...

My 2 questions are:
1- Is this a sign of system instability? I can't see how, seeing as though 2500+s have been overclocked much farther than 2.2ghz by alot of people (its just that my crappy mobo limits cpu frequencies to 2.25ghz)

2-Is there some way to restart explorer.exe without having to shutdown? Or limit the resources it can use up?

Thanks in advance guys
post #2 of 4
That usually a sign of a virus, malware/spyware, or a trojan. Have you run any antivirus apps yet? Also, open up run, type cmd, and then type 'tasklist /svc'. It will give you a readout of the exact processes running.
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To restart explorer.exe to CTRL+ALT+DEL and find explorer.exe and end that process. Then in the task manager go to File>New Process and type in explorer.exe and hit ENTER.
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wow that was incredibly simple lol thanks man

as for the viruses, i run adaware weekly and have trend micro running 24/7
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