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    Question CPU Usage at 100% Constantly

    Recently, my CPU usage on Windows XP Pro has been running at 100%; it will not drop. There's nothing I can see that would cause it to keep running that high; most services are disabled and very few programs are running at start up. I'm growing weary of the "lag" time and short system hangs that keep occuring. I've even left it as is for several hours to see if it would finish what it is doing, and it doesn't cease. I'm close to reformatting unless someone can help me find the cause.

    If it helps any, I was exploring my XP installation disk, and later rebooted with it in the drive as I had forgotten to remove it; it began the setup process. I came back a half hour later or so and found it awaiting my input. I cancelled the setup and booted normally. That's when it began running at 100% usage non-stop.

    Any help will be much appreciated.

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    After many hours of deliberation, frustration, and cursing I've identified the culprit. It appears a rogue program was causing the spike in usage. I would hazard a guess that it was continuously trying to detect various ports with which to connect to something as that'll often up the CPU usage significantly. I really do not know, though. I just disabled Dell Access Direct (dadapp.exe) and it seemed to fix the problem. I don't use the program anyway; so I'll probably uninstall it.

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    Yeah, I heard that PornDialer.exe does this

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    Originally posted by naramation
    Yeah, I heard that PornDialer.exe does this ...
    Whoa! I don't know what programs you're running!

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