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    kernel usage at 100% - Why? What?

    Periodically my pc stops accepting input for a while (eg mouse or keyboard input) or stops processing data (eg .mp3 music). System monitor indicated that at these times kernel usage was at 100% and could suddenly jump there from a prior usage figure of under 10% with no other applications started. What I want to find out is what is causing this, any recommendations greatly appreciated.
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    Re: kernel usage at 100% - Why? What?

    Check for Spyware. Also, use Task Manager to see what program or programs are using the most resources.
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    Re: kernel usage at 100% - Why? What?

    Hi 2Swiley

    With reference to Cowboy's post, check out Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack for free downloads that might help.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: kernel usage at 100% - Why? What?

    Cowboydawg,
    Thanks for the suggestions.
    I run Spybot periodically and it finds and cleans out some things but doesn't make a difference to the 100% utilisation issue.
    Re Task Manager, I'm using WindowsME and it doesn't have this useful feature (unlike WindowsNT or 2000 or XP) and I'm looking for a program that will tell me that information.
    Appeciatively
    Stephen

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    Re: kernel usage at 100% - Why? What?

    Ken,
    Thanks for the links, I'll download the programs and give them a trial.
    Appeciatively
    Stephen

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    Re: kernel usage at 100% - Why? What?

    What antivirus software are you running - does it happen to be McAfee?

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    Re: kernel usage at 100% - Why? What?

    Hi Stephen

    Sysinternal's free Process Explorer should give you a good idea of what's running and what CPU resources are being used.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: kernel usage at 100% - Why? What?

    Thanks for the interest. I really appreciate it. Having my PC lock up for several seconds intermittently is a real annoyannce.
    I run Norton Antivirus 2003 and haven't ever used McAfee on this PC or for years.
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    Re: kernel usage at 100% - Why? What?

    Perfect Ken,

    Thanks to you and the sysinternals programmers that is exactly what I need to inspect my pc usage. Have it running now and whoops just missed a lockup while typing this. Will get it next time and I can't see any strange processes running.

    Most appreciative
    Stephen

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