High CPU Usage Issues And How To Resolve Them

Computer slowdown and high CPU usage issues are most likely a symptom of application errors such as the EXE error. If you happen to encounter high CPU usage problem, you can resolve them yourself and regain your computer’s performance.

If you suspect a particular process is eating up your system’s resources and causing system slow downs, your first step should be to identify the process and then follow steps to fix the issue.

How to identify the process that is consuming high CPU resources

To determine which process is consuming high CPU resources, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open the Windows Task Manager window. Next, click on the Processes tab. Go through the list of currently running processes to identify which process is consuming a large amount of CPU resources.

I’ve identified the exe process, now how do I resolve my slow system issue?

After you have zeroed in on the culprit, identify with which program the faulty exe process is associated with. To rectify the issue, update the software of the exe process that is consuming a huge amount of CPU resources. For instance, if you notice an exe process called ekrn.exe to be consuming 90%-95% of your CPU resources, update your ESET NOD32 Antivirus Software to fix the issue.

Also, if you do not use the program that is consuming high CPU resources, then permanently remove the faulty exe process. For instance, if you do not use a printer, but find a process called spoolsv.exe to be consuming huge amounts of CPU resources, get rid of the spoolsv.exe process.

Common causes of high CPU usage and how to fix them

Listed below are other common causes of high CPU consumption and their solutions:

  • Virus Infection: Your computer’s speed may fall considerably if it is infected with malware programs, such as a virus, worm, or trojan. The reason being, processes associated with malware programs often consume huge amounts of CPU resources.
  • Install reliable and advanced antivirus tools to prevent malware programs from breaching your system’s security. Also, to safeguard your PC against the latest malware, keep your antivirus tool updated with the latest virus definitions and security updates.
  • Spyware programs: Generally, spyware programs are installed on your PC along with free software that you download from dubious websites. Spyware programs inject innumerable processes that not only slow down your system, but also cause frequent exe errors. To tackle this menace, install an advanced and robust antispyware tool on your PC.
  • Corrupt registry: Another common cause behind slow system speed is a corrupt registry. To rectify this issue, remove unwanted, incorrect, obsolete, and invalid registry entries. You can remove all the junk information from the registry within a few minutes by performing a registry scan using a reliable registry cleaner tool.

Remember, if you take proper care of your PC, you can have it working at its best for a long time.

Paul Westfield

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