Explorer.exe chokes CPU 100% during 2 mins from startup

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Maria, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. Maria

    Maria Guest

    W98SE - 450 MHz AMD desktop. Conservatiive SwaPFileUsage set = 1.

    Once booted and AFTER all 6 apps have started Explore.exe chokes the CPU 100%
    during exactly 2 mins.

    One of its threads, FFxxxx, utilizes 100% of CPU power to do 'something.'

    Its STATE COLUMN (TaskInfo 2003) reads 'E-handlers', changing to 'Block' after 2

    Then all quiet and hence good operations, CPU utilization 1-3% when idle.

    It is annoying since one wants to employ the CPU hardest shortly after starting

    What can this be?

    Any suggestions?

    Ciao, Maria
    Maria, Apr 15, 2005
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  2. Maria

    °Mike° Guest

    There is no mention of you monitoring your swap file, or how much
    memory you have installed -- if you use the conservativeswapfileusage
    switch when your system consistently uses the swap file, performance
    WILL reduce. Use the system monitor over a number of days, and
    monitor the "Swap File in use".
    °Mike°, Apr 16, 2005
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  3. Maria

    Maria Guest

    Hi MIke, the culprit appeared to be a trojan called Beagle/Bagel, trying to phone
    home or do other harm.
    It appears as a program file called 'winshost.exe' nesting in W:\SYSTEM.
    Once discovered and killed everythiung is back to normal
    Thanks, Maria
    Maria, Apr 17, 2005
  4. Maria

    °Mike° Guest

    I'm glad you got it sorted, and you're welcome.
    °Mike°, Apr 17, 2005
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