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I have an unusual problem that I have not seen mentioned in the forums. Recently, when I run utorrent, the system process (not system.exe the trojan, but the actual windows system process), eats anywhere from 50-80% of my cpu cycles when utorrent in on. This is not related to the avast P2P shield and I have shut down other non-essential processes to see if they are the issue and they are not.

This problem also manifests when I am web browsing and trying to watch some types of inline video files, often flash based. However, even when the browser is shut down and only utorrent is running, I still have the issue with the system processs chewing up cpu cycles. There are a ton of dlls associated with this process and it is essential and can't be turned off. BTW, utorrent seems to use anywhere from 8-20% of the cpu cycles during a session, which seems a bit high...

Anyway, my system is a Compaq, AMD turion 64 notebook (1.8 GHz) with 1.25 Gb of ram.

Any help would be appreciated.

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As requested, here's the output while I'm actively BT'ing:

Process PID CPU Description Company Name

a2service.exe 168 a-squared Service Emsi Software GmbH

alg.exe 208 Application Layer Gateway Service Microsoft Corporation

ashDisp.exe 2700 avast! service GUI component ALWIL Software

ashMaiSv.exe 1912 avast! e-Mail Scanner Service ALWIL Software

ashServ.exe 1576 avast! antivirus service ALWIL Software

ashWebSv.exe 468 avast! Web Scanner ALWIL Software

aswUpdSv.exe 1492 avast! Antivirus updating service ALWIL Software

ati2evxx.exe 936 ATI External Event Utility EXE Module ATI Technologies Inc.

ati2evxx.exe 924 ATI External Event Utility EXE Module ATI Technologies Inc.

atiptaxx.exe 2440 ATI Desktop Control Panel ATI Technologies, Inc.

csrss.exe 676 Client Server Runtime Process Microsoft Corporation

explorer.exe 1392 Windows Explorer Microsoft Corporation

firefox.exe 2872 Firefox Mozilla Corporation

HP Wireless Assistant.exe 2640 hp Wireless Assistant Module Hewlett-Packard Company

hpboid.exe 1060 HP Status Server Module Hewlett-Packard Company

hpbpro.exe 1368 PortResolver Module Hewlett-Packard Company

hpcmpmgr.exe 2748 HP Framework Component Manager Service Hewlett-Packard Company

hphmon06.exe 2836 HPHmon06 Hewlett-Packard

hpqgalry.exe 452 Hewlett-Packard Co.

hpqwmi.exe 2856 hpqwmi Module Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

hptskmgr.exe 3816 HP Task Management Component Hewlett-Packard Company

hpwuSchd2.exe 2708 Hewlett-Packard Product Assistant Hewlett-Packard Co.

hpztsb11.exe 2724 HP

jusched.exe 2608 Java Platform SE binary Sun Microsystems, Inc.

LOGI_HDS.exe 3540 Logitech

lsass.exe 776 LSA Shell (Export Version) Microsoft Corporation

LSBurnWatcher.exe 2652 LightScribe Burn Watcher Hewlett-Packard Company

LSSrvc.exe 332 Hewlett-Packard Company

mobmeter.exe 3588 MobileMeter executable file hexmagic

NMBgMonitor.exe 2896 Nero Home Nero AG

pg2.exe 2240 PeerGuardian 2 Methlabs

PicasaMediaDetector.exe 2692 Picasa Google Inc.

procexp.exe 1980 Sysinternals Process Explorer Sysinternals

rapimgr.exe 3252 ActiveSync RAPI Manager Microsoft Corporation

rundll32.exe 2680 Run a DLL as an App Microsoft Corporation

Skype.exe 2924 Skype. The whole world can talk for free. Skype Technologies S.A.

skypePM.exe 2348 Skype Extras Manager Skype Technologies

smss.exe 608 Windows NT Session Manager Microsoft Corporation

spoolsv.exe 1948 Spooler SubSystem App Microsoft Corporation

SpriteService.exe 3032

svchost.exe 228 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 2780 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 1236 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 952 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 1036 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 1072 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

SynTPEnh.exe 2428 Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements Synaptics, Inc.

uphclean.exe 320 User Profile Hive Cleanup Service Microsoft Corporation

wcescomm.exe 3124 ActiveSync Connection Manager Microsoft Corporation

winlogon.exe 716 Windows NT Logon Application Microsoft Corporation

wmiprvse.exe 1700 WMI Microsoft Corporation

DPCs n/a 1.43 Deferred Procedure Calls

Interrupts n/a 1.43 Hardware Interrupts

services.exe 764 1.43 Services and Controller app Microsoft Corporation

utorrent.exe 1080 2.86

HPZipm12.exe 564 7.14 PML Driver HP

System Idle Process 0 10.00

System 4 75.71

nothing particularly odd as far as I can tell aside from the system process pegging the CPU

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shutting down none of those processes made a bit of difference, instead I'd did a large scale, global repair of windows...not via recovery console, but the version that replaces all your system files but is non-destructive so you retain your setting....that seems to have fixed the problems, so I guess it was likely a slightly corrupted system file.

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