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    Slow Laptop Issue

    This is a 2011 HP laptop with a minimal AMD dual core cpu running W7HP x 64 bit.
    It is by nature kind of slow, but it has a very annoying background activity that turns it into a real sloth.
    Typically about 15 minutes after startup Host Process for Windows Services starts using about 50% of cpu resources, meanwhile the memory use steadily climbs from about 1.3 GB up to about 2 GB, or more.
    Here is a clip from Process Explorer showing what I mean.
    I have tried turning off windows updater, but no change.process expl snip.PNG
    Any suggestions or ideas out there?

    Thanks, rstew

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    If you hover your mouse over the process in question, it will tell you more about the specific process and that can help determine what it is doing. svchost.exe can do a lot of different things. Let us know the specific command line being used.
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    It does look rather like the WU fingerprint, kill the wuauclt.exe process(es) or reboot after switching WU to manual, that should stop it running away.

    If you rely on Defender/MSE, this isn't a good plan, it's likely to leave the PC vulnerable eventually.

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    I have a W7 laptop that runs very slowly at times as Windows Update or Installer processes run, so I updated it to W10. After a couple of days it shows no signs of running slowly any more, but I did have to fiddle with disk drivers to get the SSD to run correctly - no TRIM initially, rolled back the disk driver and all is well.

    cheers, Paul

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    Hi! There are many reasons for slow computer. Have you checked for malware?? This forum does not have a malware section and I'm not sure what I can suggest. I would run Malwarebyes free and Adwcleaner and see what they find!
    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000179.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdum333 View Post
    This forum does not have a malware section and I'm not sure what I can suggest.[/url]
    Actually, we do.

    Look in the "Other Technologies" section. It's called Security & Scams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Actually, we do.

    Look in the "Other Technologies" section. It's called Security & Scams.
    OOps Sorry! I will give it a look. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Actually, we do.

    Look in the "Other Technologies" section. It's called Security & Scams.
    But who is the security expert as that is a specialised subject ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    But who is the security expert as that is a specialised subject ?
    I have not been formally trained in removing malware, but I have removed a ton of it. I have used caution when posting on this forum as not sure what is allowed. IMO If you run these programs in this order and still think you are infected, you should find a forum that has trained people.MHO if these programs can't find the malware, you could be ready for back to factory restore. If any thing in my post is against forum rules, please delete. I will understand. This is 2016 and IMHO malware fighters may still be needed, but there's a lot of good programs that you can use to clean a infected computer and the programs keep getting better!
    https://www.malwarebytes.org/antirootkit/
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/mg/getmirr...malware,2.html
    http://www.eset.com/int/home/products/online-scanner/
    https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    But who is the security expert as that is a specialised subject ?
    My favorite definition of an "expert" is anyone who is more than 5 miles from home, with a briefcase.

    Updating that for the 21st century, add "and a thumb drive".

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    Hi I like having this on a thumb drive! Works for me!!
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Li..._LiveCD_Ubuntu

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdum333 View Post
    Hi I like having this on a thumb drive! Works for me!!
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Li..._LiveCD_Ubuntu
    I guess that makes you an "expert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Actually, we do.

    Look in the "Other Technologies" section. It's called Security & Scams.
    My response was in relation to Jim's reply.

    While there are a number of good antimalware scanners out there which can be recommended, the Lounge doesn't have a resident security expert and so there really isn't a Malware/Security section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    My response was in relation to Jim's reply.

    While there are a number of good antimalware scanners out there which can be recommended, the Lounge doesn't have a resident security expert and so there really isn't a Malware/Security section.
    I don't think the Lounge has a "resident expert" in any category, but that doesn't mean the help that members get is invalid because there isn't one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    I guess that makes you an "expert".
    My I please ask why you are always taking offense to my posts.
    No I'm a long way from being a expert, but I do know a few things and post them when I think they might be some help to the OP. A live CD with Linux is a great way to prove software problems. That's all I'm saying!
    Then you can start looking for hardware issues.

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