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Explorer.exe uses all available CPU

Sometimes when I start up my Dell Inspiron laptop 5100, explorer.exe uses all available CPU. By explorer.exe I mean the program that is like a file manager not Internet Explorer. Only way out is to shut the PC down and restart. I am using Windows XP with all updates installed. I also have Norton anti-virus on my PC. It only happens at start-up, not when I am working and have other programs running like a web browser, e-mail program or word processor. Is this a common problem?

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  • peter_lundbo Dec 29, 2008

    It is true that Norton uses up a lot of resurces at start-up, but it doesn't explain why the task manager shows that explorer.exe uses 100% of the CPU. Norton eventually quiets down, but explorer.exe doesn't. The only way out is to reboot.

  • peter_lundbo Dec 30, 2008

    Thanks for the tip. I'll try it next time it happens.

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Norton anti-virus is a resource HOG. Disable it from running at start-up. It may be trying to download updates as the pc is booting. Use AVG anti virus, it is free and works very well.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

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    djxtreme979 Dec 29, 2008

    Press CTRL and ALT and DEL at the same time. Then select task manager. When the window pops up select processes. That will show you all the different things running and the resources they are using. Also, in this area you can select "services" and :applications" to see what is running. In the processes window shut down anything that is using more than 30,000 except for explorer. After you have done that type msconfig in run window and post here what it says under startup.

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