OK, OK, not just here, but right now at this moment I only have one open Explorer window open(DaniWeb). When I switch pages to launch a different thread here, the CPU will spike most times and then will settle back. There are NO other programs open right now. So what gives? OK, it is spiking right now as I write this. Hardware issue?
It will also spike many times when I switch between browser pages or programs opened. Sometimes it makes it brutally slow depending on how long it takes the CPU to stop spiking.
MORE INFO: Although there are no programs open, there are 55 processes running in task manager. I have no idea what most of these are for given their 5 or 6 letter designations. Is 55 a lot? IEExplore seems to be the heaviest user.
Machine is a Gateway P4 1.8Ghz about 5 years old. 2 512 RAM sticks. I run the various spyware removers (Adware, Spybot,) and run CleanUp to purge the registry every so often. PCCillin is my virus software. There is no virus or spyware on the machine. So why does it crawl along sometimes with the CPU spiking?
Motherboard going out?
RAM going out?
What makes a CPU spike when you are doing nothing (except typing this thread right now?)