There has been an increase in reports among computer users experiencing high CPU usage problems. Sometimes, the usage may be as high as 100%! If you are one of the users who suspect that your computer resources are under strain, you can check your CPU usage by using the Task Manager application. The Task Manager Application that comes with your operating system gives you concise information on the performance of your PC including applications that are running, CPU usage and memory information. You may experience this surge in usage when you start your computer or when you try to quit a program. At times, the program you exit may continue to use system resources which it should have returned.
Note: To display the Task Manager, press Ctrl + Alt + Del on your Windows computer. You may also right-click on the taskbar and then select Task Manager to display the utility.
High CPU usage takes place due to various reasons. Out of which, the most common cause is outdated files. High CPU usage br_funcs.exe, ekrn.exe and csrss.exe problems are some examples. These processes may hog your system resources and slow down your PC so dramatically that it might become impossible for you to get any work done. And the only way to resolve the issues would be to update the related program. Updating a software also helps you secure your PC from malware attacks and enhances your computing experience by incorporating new features. To update your operating system and other Microsoft products, you may use the Windows Update and Automatic Update features. To update third-party products, such as Norton Antivirus, you may enable the software’s automatic update feature. If an update option is not available then you may visit the web site of the product manufacturer, search for, download and then finally, install the new update.
At times, your EXE process files may be infected with malware or you might have malware processes running on the system that may eat the resources and make your PC run at a snail’s pace. If you suspect any of the two, it is best that you use your updated virus and spyware scanner tools to perform a thorough full system scan and weed out all unwanted stuff from it. To ensure complete elimination of malware, it is recommended that you run the scan twice. Also, while running the scan, close all open Windows and programs to enable efficient scanning.
A large, fragmented and corrupt Windows registry may also lead to high CPU usage problems by EXE files. This is because a malfunctioning registry takes much longer than normal to complete requests and as a result, may slow down your PC. To resolve these issues, you need to clean up your registry, remove all unwanted entries from it, and re-index its files to speed up its data access time. All this can be done with help of a good registry tool. Using the tool you can quickly scan and clean your registry. A good registry tool also provides the registry defrag option. Defragging helps in re-indexing the registry files and compresses them to a smaller size, thus optimizing the registry for quicker data access.