RE: Explorer hogging system resources
I apologize, this message was apparently posted to the wrong group. I
clicked on "Performance and Maintenance," and this apparently means "Windows
Vista Performance and Maintenance." Such is not the case for me, as I run
Windows XP. Apologies for posting in the wrong group, I will try to find the
correct place to post.
> I have noticed over the past few months that every once in a while, maybe
> once every other day, for whatever reason, my computer will experience an
> onslaught of poor performance that can only be fixed by manually restarting
> the explorer process (with this approach, the problem usually resurfaces
> after an hour or two), or, ideally, restarting the computer.
> Basically, to briefly describe what I normally experience: resizing any
> window to any size, whether it expands/collapses by one pixel or if I
> minimize or maximize, takes 100% of the CPU cycles. Granted, minimizing a
> window is normally very quick, so the sudden tax on the system is brief, but
> when one is working in multiple windows, toggling back and forth, sizing
> this, minimizing that, etc., this frequent lag can become quite aggravating.
> I haven't noticed any specific program or event that causes this problem, so
> I don't really know what to avoid. Sometimes, certain full-screen games will
> cause the problem if I multi-task to the desktop, but the problem surfaces
> even without the presence of these culprits.
> Could this be a sign that my video card (which is maybe around 3 years old)
> might be dying, or could there be something else behind the scenes that I
> might not realize? I've done spyware/virus/malware scans multiple times, and
> the programs I use cannot detect anything malicious that might be causing
> problems. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.