> Just did a clean install of Vista Home Premium. HP a405n processor. 2.7g speed.
> 1 gig memory. McAfee anti virus. Network Magic.
> often the cpu usage is at a 100% and when launching my e-mail app. it will
> sometimes launch in 2 seconds. Other times it may take from 10 20 seconds.
> Cannot determine what is dragging down the cpu.
> Any thoughts??.
Start by uninstalling McAfee, which is junk and causes numerous
problems. Since you have Network Magic (the second thing to uninstall if
uninstalling McAfee doesn't work), I assume you are behind a router so
not immediately installing an antivirus will not be an issue.
If uninstalling McAfee solves the problem, replace it with a better
antivirus such as NOD32, Kaspersky, or even Avast if you want a free
program. The built-in Windows Firewall is adequate for most people.
If uninstalling McAfee doesn't solve the problem, uninstall Network
Magic (unnnecessary in any case).
Elephant Boy Computers
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User