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My CPU usage soars over 100% frequently on the task manager. I get occasional warnings that my system is low on virtual memory. My memory usage is only about 50% on the task manager. My cursor frequently locks or disappears. Is there anything I can do myself to improve my system performance? I regularly perform system maintenance such as defrag, hard drive scanning, and have anti virus, anti spyware and firewall protection. I use Windows 2000 Professional, have 512k of memory, and my hard drive is only 1/3 full. Thanks for any help.
 
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See if you can find out through Task Manager what is taking up your CPU processes.

1. CTRL-ALT-DEL
2. Click Task manager button
3. Select Processes tab
4. Click on the CPU column header twice to sort the processes by CPU usage
 

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"System Idle Process" is taking from 55 to 96 percent. This is by far the most of anything.
 
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System Idle Process should be taking up the excess percent not being used, it's basically the % of the CPU that's not being used at the moment.
 
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Anything else besides System Idle Process?

Watch the list for a minute or two, especially when the PC is acting up. It could be something that pops to the top every few seconds.
 

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The CPU usage soars to 100% whenever Internet Explorer is opening a new page. It fluctuates near 100 for several seconds before lowering.
 
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Hmm.. thats not normal. What is your default webpage?

When I open up to MSN.com, IE will sometimes go up to 20% or so at most.
 
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Interesting. When I click on that link, IE shoots up to close to 50% on my laptop.

What type of Internet connection do you have?
 
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