Sometimes under no apparent reasoning certain processes will use 100% of the processor, causing it to become really hot and slowing down the overall performance of the computer.
So far I have had trouble with these processes:
trillian.exe, wmplayer.exe, eplorer.exe
I have searched for viruses and spyware with no results. I have all of the Windows updates including SP1.
This Windows installation is a few months old but I've been keeping it relatively ok. I should run a registry cleaner, however. Could that be the problem? Please recommend one. I also have a little under 50 programs installed but usually a max of 5-7 running at any given time. I am pretty low on disk space with 2/60gb left (that's what broadband does to you).
Windows XP Pro
Athlon XP 2000+ with an AMD recommended Coolermaster CPU cooler
512 MB PC2100 DDR RAM
Soyo SY-K7ADA mobo
If you need any more details, I'll be happy to tell you.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully you can set me on my way to solving it.