High CPU usage (again)
I know this topic has been done before, but nothing I've found on this topic seems to work. So, I'm posting my own thread in hopes of somebody coming up with a fresh thought.
My mother and I have the exact same computer. I bought one for her for christmas when I bought mine. Earlier this year, she had a problem with the computer freezing. I tried several things before reinstalling windows, and finally wiping the drive completely and doing a fresh install. Obviously that fixed the problem.
This may be completely unrelated, but now, several months later, her computer is slowing down. Telling her what to do and where to look for over the phone, she found that explorer.exe is running at 79%.
I had her restart in safe mode and run adaware, spybot, and AVG. All came back clean. Someone on another forum suggested if the explorer.exe wasn't in Windows folder, then it was hijacked, but it is. It is NOT the common AVI problem.
Quite frankly, I'm stumped. The only two things I can think of is that fact that she receives or downloads programs from her friends on Paltalk (which is almost a virus in itself). She's smart enough to not except stuff from ppl she doesn't know, but her friends might be passing along faulty programs unknowningly. My second thought would be there's a bad sector on the disk.
Any other thoughts out there? As I stated, we have the exact same computer, but I dont have any problems with mine. I'd really like to root out the problem so I dont have to go through a backup and reinstall.