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Hey guys. I have an i5-2500K at stock clocks. It's being cooled by a 1st gen Corsair H60.

Today, my CPU usage has been spiking like none other. This has actually happened to me twice before.

20 minutes after boot, it'll start to spike. Usage when just using Google Chrome will spike to 90-100%.

My Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is almost full, about 20GB left. I am wondering if this is the cause.

The other 2 times this has happened to me, reformatting and then putting all my data back on fixed the problem.

If the hard drive IS causing this, why? I can't see a full hard drive causing a CPU to spike.

It COULD be a virus, however I have the full version of Avast running 24/7, with a firewall, and I stay away from shady websites with downloaders, popups, banners, etc. I do not think this is a virus because I have had this issue twice before, and I believe it was both after a while of my HDD being close to full.

I have BluRays and TV shows, that takes up a huge majority of my storage. The rest is just games, applications, few documents.

Im trying to find out what is causing the issue, not just to fix it, but because I am also interested in the cause and effect part of it.

If you guys have any ideas, please reply below.
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Originally Posted by Mycelus View Post

Hey guys. I have an i5-2500K at stock clocks. It's being cooled by a 1st gen Corsair H60.

Today, my CPU usage has been spiking like none other. This has actually happened to me twice before.

20 minutes after boot, it'll start to spike. Usage when just using Google Chrome will spike to 90-100%.

My Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is almost full, about 20GB left. I am wondering if this is the cause.

The other 2 times this has happened to me, reformatting and then putting all my data back on fixed the problem.

If the hard drive IS causing this, why? I can't see a full hard drive causing a CPU to spike.

It COULD be a virus, however I have the full version of Avast running 24/7, with a firewall, and I stay away from shady websites with downloaders, popups, banners, etc. I do not think this is a virus because I have had this issue twice before, and I believe it was both after a while of my HDD being close to full.

I have BluRays and TV shows, that takes up a huge majority of my storage. The rest is just games, applications, few documents.

Im trying to find out what is causing the issue, not just to fix it, but because I am also interested in the cause and effect part of it.

If you guys have any ideas, please reply below.

I would clean off the HDD or get another bigger one and see if that fixes it. Even if it doesn't, it would only help.
 
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Just open Task Manager and check which process it is that is using the CPU at higher than normal values and google the name of it. I also had an AV and firewall running 24/7 but somehow i got a miner type virus which was mining bitcoin on my machine lol. Scanned it with AV and it still wouldnt pick up anything, at least it was easy to remove just had to kill the process and then remove the files from the location it pointed to.
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The thing is, no process is spiking, the usage is, but the processes memory usage doesn't change, the usage just keeps spiking up to 90-100%, no processes are taking an unusual amount of power.

I can tell when my usage goes up because my music or tv show will start distorting, and I also have task manager showing the consistent spiking, but like I mentioned, no processes are actually drawing the power, nothing jumps up the processes list.

Running a TV show on VLC seems to get the CPU to spike, it spikes even when Im not using VLC, but it defiintely spikes when I have VLC open after 20 minutes of boot like I mentioned.

GPU is not the problem, fan speed is 54%, GPU usage is at less than 10% max. Sitting at 48 C for the GPU.
Edited by Mycelus - 5/30/13 at 1:21am
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