Slow Computer due to high CPU usage of svchost.exe
A Slow Computer can be frustrating and may cause in the heat of the moment, for you (or some) to throw their PC out of the window. (Please don’t do that!) Many of the minor issues you’ll likely encounter in Windows don’t require professional help. They only need a little patience, time, and a few tweaks. We’re separating our posts to discuss over 10 of the most common issues in Windows and guide you through how to fix them, in this post we will briefly discuss how to diagnose and fix problems with your Wifi.
Note: Because we know not everyone has upgraded to the newest, shiniest version of Windows, this list is a mix of issues from Windows versions 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. In the unfortunate case that your problem doesn’t get fixed, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to assist. A slow computer can be due to many reasons but let’s begin.
I’ll explain the most common cause…
There are countless reasons why a computer could be running very slow. But in Windows 7, one of the leading causes is when an instance of svchost.exe is consuming too much CPU. We won’t go into the details of what svchost.exe is (although we could take that up in another post) but here’s one method that might fix the problem.
Right-click on the Windows taskbar and then select “Start Task Manager” to bring up the Task Manager. Now, go to the Performance tab and then Click the “Resource Monitor” button.
As soon as the Resource Monitor pops out, you’ll be brought to the Overview tab. Scroll down until you reach multiple rows of svchost.exe. If the problem is indeed in svchost.exe, you should quickly spot the svchost process (there could be more than one) hogging all your CPU by looking at the CPU column.
Once you’ve identified the culprit, tick the checkbox beside it. Let’s say, for example, it’s svchost.exe (netsvcs)
After checking its corresponding checkbox, move to the CPU tab. You should then see, in the Services panel, all the services running under that particular svchost.
Click the CPU column header under the Services panel so that those with the highest CPU consumption are placed at the top. You can then right-click on the problematic service and then click “Stop Service” to stop it. Alternatively, if you want to know more about it first, you can also click “Search Online”.
Note that certain types of malware take the form of svchost.exe. So if no amount of service-stopping fixes the problem, then you likely have a serious malware infection in your hands. If you’re worried about malware, then we can help, Virus & Spyware Removal Service
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