This computer is getting horrible performance. Nothing is running on it and 60% of both CPUs are in use. There are a few more processes on the list that I deleted before writing them down below. I’ll add them if I continue to have problems. I may just go back if I ever have the time and delete everything imaginable because I don’t like seeing the computer busy at 15 to 20% when nothing is going on.
atieclxx.exe The atieclxx.exe is a program of ATi Graphic card drivers. The function of atieclxx.exe is to give ATi Graphic card better performance so it just plays a subsidiary role. The MD5 of atieclxx.exe is 46b175d56d7235d700394ed99050617f and please be alert if its MD5 has been changed (viruses/spywares may also confuse you by using the name atieclxx.exe). Tried to delete it but access is denied.
ccc.exe CCC stands for Catalyst Control Center, and it’s part of your ATI video card driver package—or to be more specific, it’s part of the utilities bundled along with the drivers, and adds features like customizing your display, or setting hotkeys for different display profiles. As long as the ccc.exe utility is installed into your Program Files\ATI Technology directory, it’s a legit process that can be left alone. Deleted it with no problems, everything still works, cpus still at 60%.
ccsvchst.exe*32 The ccsvchst.exe file is automatically added to your computer upon installing the Norton software, and it is referred to as the Symantec Service Framework. The ccsvchst.exe file works to display the GUI (Graphical User Interface) of Norton products, which usually include the Norton Security Suites. If the ccsvchst.exe file encounters a problem, the Norton’s graphical interface will only be displayed after the computer has been rebooted. Tried to delet it but access is denied.
csrss.exe This is the user-mode portion of the Win32 subsystem; Win32.sys is the kernel-mode portion. Csrss stands for Client/Server Run-Time Subsystem, and is an essential subsystem that must be running at all times. Csrss is responsible for console windows, creating and/or deleting threads, and implementing some portions of the 16-bit virtual MS-DOS environment.
dwm.exe One of the new features in Windows Vista/7 is the Desktop Window Manager (DWM). It responsible for the graphical effects such as live window previews and a glass-like frame around windows (Aero Glass), without draining your CPU. A DWM-capable graphics card is required to enable the 3D effects, as well as Aero Glass. (In older Windows Vista Beta versions, the DWM effects are controlled by the User Experience Session Management Service, via “uxss.exe”.) You can increase your computer’s performance if you switch to Classic Mode (turn off Aero Glass and Animations), or reduce your screen resolution.
explorer.exe This is the user shell, which we see as the familiar taskbar, desktop, and other user interface features. This process isn’t as vital to the running of Windows as you might expect, and can be stopped (and restarted) from Task Manager, usually with no negative side effects on other applications.
HPMSGSVC.exe*32 Remove HP Quicklaunch from the Applications menu. I just had to do it myself and stumbled on this site. If you want to remove Norton from your system or McAfee you need to use the tools provided by their makers and not the built in Add/Remove Applications. For Norton: Google Norton_Removal_Tool.exe and for McAfee it is MCPR.EXE Deleted it with no problems, everything still works, CPUs still at 60%
HPOSD.exe*32 Our database contains 6 different files for filename hposd.exe . This files belongs to product HP On Screen Display and were developed by company Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.. This files have description HP On Screen Display. This is executable file. You can find it running in Task Manager as the process hposd.exe. Deleted it with no problems, everything still works, CPUs still at 60%
hpqwutils.exe*32 Latest new variant of the file with name “hpqwutils.exe” was discovered today. Our database contains 7 variants of the file “hpqwutils.exe” with final rating Safe and zero variants with final rating Threat. Final ratings are based on file reviews, discovered date, users occurence and antivirus scan results. Deleted it with no problems, everything still works, CPUs still at 60%
MOM.exe mom.exe is a Catalyst Control Center or a Monitoring program from ATI Technologies Inc. belonging to Catalyst Control Centre. Although this is an ATI Technologies Inc. application there is a possibility that this could be a type of spyware if found in the following folder: \program files\mom\mom.exe. Thus it is recommended for removal if possible. Deleted it with no problems, everything still works, CPUs still at 60%
sttray64.exe sttray64.exe is a stsystray.exe belonging to IDT Audio from IDT, Inc. Non-system processes like sttray64.exe originate from software you installed on your system. As most applications store data in your system’s registry, it is likely that your registry has suffered fragmentation and accumulated harmful errors. It is recommended that you check your registry to identify hidden errors now. Deleted it with no problems, everything still works, CPUs still at 60%
SynTPEnh.exe http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/files/syntpenh/24922/ syntpenh.exe is a process installed alongside the Synaptics touchpad for laptop computer touchpads. Provides additional configurations and support, and is essential on some machines for the functioning of this input device. Deleted it with no problems, everything still works, CPUs still at 60%
SynTPHelper.exe http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/files/syntphelper/442937/ syntphelper.exe is a SynTPHelper Application belonging to Synaptics Pointing Device Driver from Synaptics, Inc. Non-system processes like syntphelper.exe originate from software you installed on your system. As most applications store data in your system’s registry, it is likely that your registry has suffered fragmentation and accumulated harmful errors. It is recommended that you check your registry to identify hidden errors now. Deleted it with no problems, everything still works, CPUs still at 60%
taskhost.exe And I think I have it narrowed down to the Windows RAC task… This after installing (and buying a few) multiple spyware and antivirus tools… I wonder if I should ask for reimbursement?? Anyway – my cpu was being consumed by the Windows Reliability Analysis Task – the way that I narrowed it down to this was by installing process explorer and letting it show me what was actually running under taskhost.exeI then went into scheduled tasks and stopped the reliability analysis scheduled activity – and presto the taskhost.exe went away and processor utilization shot down to essentially nothing Anyway – that seemed to help me… maybe it will help you Not sure why it is trying to burn up so much cpu… Based on the above comments I went to the control panel, selected system, then scheduled tasks, then disabled everything that didn’t seem necessary before rebooting. Now the system is at 15%.
2013-01-20 UPDATE: After having spent hours and hours over the course of weeks I was able to eventually get all the “crapware” that came pre-installed off. Once the crapware was off, and it literally took about a month to get the many many pieces off, the computer no longer burned at close to 99% of it’s CPU while idle running no applications. I have left this HP laptop on for over a year, except for the automatic software update-reboots, and have had no more problems. I suspect this HP laptop is good, unlike their printer products, and that it was totally the fault of the HP pre-installed crapware. I probably could have made my life much easier by buying and installing windows 7 myself on this machine. I felt it was HPs responsibility to deliver a working solution out of the box. However the next time I buy a windows laptop I will install a separate copy of windows 7 and save myself potential grief. Based on how popular this post still is, a year later, I would recommend people buy a $200 copy of windows 7 and wipe the disk and install windows from scratch.