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Hi everyone, I greatly appreciate your help. I've been using Utorrent for a long time now and it has never given me any problems. But starting a couple of days ago, whenever I download something, even just 1 torrent, my CPU usage would go up to 100%. I don't recall making any drastic changes, I installed WINAMP and uninstalled it after trying it out but I doubt that that is the root of the problem.

Anyways, here are my log files from HiJackthis and ProcessExplorer. Also I have pasted a link to my .dmp file. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I do not want to have to change to another client. Thanks so much.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1

Scan saved at 1:21:37 AM, on 12/25/2008

Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)

Running processes:











D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe



D:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\usnsvc.exe







D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe



D:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.exe

D:\Program Files\YourWare Solutions\FreeRAM XP Pro\FreeRAM XP Pro.exe

D:\Program Files\Styler\Styler.exe

D:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\ccc.exe

D:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

D:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe

D:\Program Files\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

O1 - Hosts: auto.search.msn.com

O1 - Hosts: auto.search.msn.es

O1 - Hosts: serial.alcohol-soft.com

O1 - Hosts: www.alcohol-soft.com

O1 - Hosts: images.alcohol-soft.com

O2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-

4E65E497C8C0} - D:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgssie.dll

O2 - BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper - {72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E} -

D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveShellExtensions.dll

O2 - BHO: Java Plug-In SSV Helper - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} -

D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\ssv.dll

O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} -

D:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll

O2 - BHO: Java Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} -

D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll

O2 - BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl - {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} -

D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll

O3 - Toolbar: StylerToolBar - {D2F8F919-690B-4EA2-9FA7-A203D1E04F75} - D:\Program


O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iMJPMIG8.1] "D:\WINDOWS\IME\imjp8_1\IMJPMIG.EXE" /Spoil /RemAdvDef





O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sunJavaUpdateSched] "D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [bluetoothAuthenticationAgent] rundll32.exe


O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG8_TRAY] D:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Cmaudio] RunDll32 cmicnfg.cpl,CMICtrlWnd

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [startCCC] "D:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-

Static\CLIStart.exe" MSRun

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] D:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [msnmsgr] "D:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe"


O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [FreeRAM XP] "D:\Program Files\YourWare Solutions\FreeRAM XP

Pro\FreeRAM XP Pro.exe" -win

O4 - Startup: Styler.lnk = %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Installer\{E9ECF354-2422-4FDB-9ABF-


O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://D:\PROGRA~1


O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} -


O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-

5663EE0C6C49} - D:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll

O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - D:\PROGRA~1


O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%

\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-

f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)

O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - D:\Program


O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-

00C04F795683} - D:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

O11 - Options group: [iNTERNATIONAL] International*

O16 - DPF: {072039AB-2117-4ED5-A85F-9B9EB903E021} (NowStarter Control) -


O16 - DPF: {14B87622-7E19-4EA8-93B3-97215F77A6BC} (MessengerStatsClient Class) -


O16 - DPF: {1DE9BB01-B121-401D-8877-BCD5ED5B7EE5} (Tpwin Control) -


O16 - DPF: {30528230-99f7-4bb4-88d8-fa1d4f56a2ab} (Installation Support) - D:\Program


O16 - DPF: {340CCF52-D65F-4A11-80B3-13DC23697B59} (BugsInstall Control) -


O16 - DPF: {3DC2E31C-371A-4BD3-9A27-CDF57CE604CF} -


O16 - DPF: {68253470-5D4F-4CDF-8D9C-353C14A2F013} (SVPorsche Control) -


O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) -



O16 - DPF: {85AF9A98-3423-45E4-8BAD-85645F16AC31} (P3 Bugs VoD Loader Class) -


O16 - DPF: {8E0D4DE5-3180-4024-A327-4DFAD1796A8D} (MessengerStatsClient Class) -


O16 - DPF: {9BED3AC7-E6D4-43E7-B8A1-1FA502F639E1} (XTools Control) -


O16 - DPF: {B38870E4-7ECB-40DA-8C6A-595F0A5519FF} (MsnMessengerSetupDownloadControl

Class) - http://messenger.msn.com/download/MsnMessengerSetupDownloader.cab

O16 - DPF: {B8BE5E93-A60C-4D26-A2DC-220313175592} (ZoneIntro Class) -


O16 - DPF: {BD393C14-72AD-4790-A095-76522973D6B8} (CBreakshotControl Class) -


O16 - DPF: {CB5C683C-416A-4701-B018-0F1B21D64D6B} (SKCInst1 Class) -


O16 - DPF: {D1E7CBDA-E60E-4970-A01C-37301EF7BF98} (Measurement Services Client

v.3.12) - http://gameadvisor.futuremark.com/global/msc3121.cab

O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) -


O16 - DPF: {DF780F87-FF2B-4DF8-92D0-73DB16A1543A} -


O16 - DPF: {E4812635-737D-443F-BEF4-02A4FF837D99} -


O16 - DPF: {F6E361B4-40F3-4C90-8A95-D95E0D8CBCD4} (MultiUpload Control) -


O18 - Protocol: grooveLocalGWS - {88FED34C-F0CA-4636-A375-3CB6248B04CD} - D:\Program

Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveSystemServices.dll

O18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - D:\Program


O18 - Protocol: livecall - {828030A1-22C1-4009-854F-8E305202313F} - D:\PROGRA~1


O18 - Protocol: ms-help - {314111C7-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294} - D:\Program

Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Help\hxds.dll

O18 - Protocol: msnim - {828030A1-22C1-4009-854F-8E305202313F} - D:\PROGRA~1


O18 - Filter hijack: text/xml - {807563E5-5146-11D5-A672-00B0D022E945} - D:\PROGRA~1


O20 - AppInit_DLLs: avgrsstx.dll,wbsys.dll

O20 - Winlogon Notify: WBSrv - D:\Program Files\Stardock\Object


O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - D:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll

O20 - Winlogon Notify: WRNotifier - WRLogonNTF.dll (file missing)

O21 - SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} -


O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - ATI Technologies Inc. - D:\WINDOWS\system32


O23 - Service: ATI Smart - Unknown owner - D:\WINDOWS\system32\ati2sgag.exe

O23 - Service: AVG8 E-mail Scanner (avg8emc) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. -


O23 - Service: AVG8 WatchDog (avg8wd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - D:\PROGRA~1


O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation -

D:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe

O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Unknown owner -

D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe" -service -config "D:\Program Files\Java\jre6

\lib\deploy\jqs\jqs.conf (file missing)

O23 - Service: Security Service (JEBM) - Unknown owner - D:\WINDOWS\system32

\svcd\svchost.exe (file missing)

Process Explorer:

Process PID CPU Description Company Name

System Idle Process 0 11.59

Interrupts n/a 75.36 Hardware Interrupts

DPCs n/a Deferred Procedure Calls

System 4

smss.exe 452 Windows NT Session Manager Microsoft Corporation

csrss.exe 508 Client Server Runtime Process Microsoft Corporation

winlogon.exe 544 Windows NT Logon Application Microsoft Corporation

services.exe 600 1.45 Services and Controller app Microsoft Corporation

ati2evxx.exe 792 ATI External Event Utility EXE Module ATI Technologies Inc.

svchost.exe 820 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 920 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 988 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 1040 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 1140 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 1248 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

spoolsv.exe 1412 Spooler SubSystem App Microsoft Corporation

avgwdsvc.exe 1560 AVG Watchdog Service AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o.

avgrsx.exe 3904 AVG Resident Shield Service AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o.

svchost.exe 1600 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

jqs.exe 1640 1.45 Java Quick Starter Service Sun Microsystems, Inc.

svchost.exe 1772 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

avgemc.exe 500 AVG E-Mail Scanner AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o.

alg.exe 1316 Application Layer Gateway Service Microsoft Corporation

usnsvc.exe 3096 Messenger Sharing USN Journal Reader Service Microsoft Corporation

svchost.exe 2312 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

lsass.exe 612 LSA Shell (Export Version) Microsoft Corporation

ati2evxx.exe 1276 ATI External Event Utility EXE Module ATI Technologies Inc.

WgaTray.exe 744 Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Microsoft Corporation

explorer.exe 3528 4.35 Windows Explorer Microsoft Corporation

ctfmon.exe 3384 CTF Loader Microsoft Corporation

jusched.exe 2216 Java Platform SE binary Sun Microsystems, Inc.

rundll32.exe 2948 Run a DLL as an App Microsoft Corporation

avgtray.exe 908 AVG Tray Monitor AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o.

FreeRAM XP Pro.exe 2128 FreeRAM XP Pro (YourWare Solutions) YourWare Solutions

Styler.exe 3452 Style Change Application ta2027

firefox.exe 4064 Firefox Mozilla Corporation

procexp.exe 2124 4.35 Sysinternals Process Explorer Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com

uTorrent.exe 2604 1.45 μTorrent BitTorrent, Inc.

MOM.exe 1956 Catalyst Control Center: Monitoring program Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

CCC.exe 2956 Catalyst Control Centre: Host application ATI Technologies Inc.

Process: uTorrent.exe Pid: 2604

Name Description Company Name Version

ACTIVEDS.dll ADs Router Layer DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

adsldpc.dll ADs LDAP Provider C DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

ADVAPI32.dll Advanced Windows 32 Base API Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

ATL.DLL ATL Module for Windows XP (Unicode) Microsoft Corporation 3.05.2284.0000

avgrsstx.dll AVG Resident Shield Starter AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. 8.00.0000.0134


CLBCATQ.DLL Microsoft Corporation 2001.12.4414.0308

COMCTL32.dll User Experience Controls Library Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2900.2982

comdlg32.dll Common Dialogs DLL Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2900.2180

COMRes.dll Microsoft Corporation 2001.12.4414.0258

credui.dll Credential Manager User Interface Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

CRYPT32.dll Crypto API32 Microsoft Corporation 5.131.2600.2180


DnsApi.dll DNS Client API DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.3394

GDI32.dll GDI Client DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.3466

hnetcfg.dll Home Networking Configuration Manager Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

imekr61.ime Microsoft Korean IME 2002 Microsoft Corporation 6.01.2600.0003

imekrcic.dll Microsoft Korean IME 2002 Microsoft Corporation 6.01.2600.0002

IMM32.DLL Windows XP IMM32 API Client DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

Iphlpapi.dll IP Helper API Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2912

kernel32.dll Windows NT BASE API Client DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.3119


LPK.DLL Language Pack Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

MFC42.DLL MFCDLL Shared Library - Retail Version Microsoft Corporation 6.02.4131.0000

MFC42LOC.DLL MFC Language Specific Resources Microsoft Corporation 6.00.8168.0000

MPRAPI.dll Windows NT MP Router Administration DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

MSASN1.dll ASN.1 Runtime APIs Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

MSCTF.dll MSCTF Server DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.3319

msctfime.ime Microsoft Text Frame Work Service IME Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

msimg32.dll GDIEXT Client DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

mslbui.dll LangageBar Add In Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

msvcrt.dll Windows NT CRT DLL Microsoft Corporation 7.00.2600.2180

mswsock.dll Microsoft Windows Sockets 2.0 Service Provider Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.3394

netapi32.dll Net Win32 API DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.3462

NETSHELL.dll Network Connections Shell Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

ntdll.dll NT Layer DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

ole32.dll Microsoft OLE for Windows Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2726

oleaut32.dll Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.3266

rasadhlp.dll Remote Access AutoDial Helper Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2938

RPCRT4.dll Remote Procedure Call Runtime Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.3173

rsaenh.dll Microsoft Enhanced Cryptographic Provider Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2161

rtutils.dll Routing Utilities Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

SAMLIB.dll SAM Library DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

Secur32.dll Security Support Provider Interface Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

SETUPAPI.dll Windows Setup API Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

SHELL32.dll Windows Shell Common Dll Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2900.3241

shfolder.dll Shell Folder Service Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2900.2180

SHLWAPI.dll Shell Light-weight Utility Library Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2900.3020



StylerHelper.dll StylerHelper DLL ta2027 1.03.0001.0001


USER32.dll Windows XP USER API Client DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.3099

USERENV.dll Userenv Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

USP10.dll Uniscribe Unicode script processor Microsoft Corporation 1.420.2600.2180

uTorrent.exe μTorrent BitTorrent, Inc. 1.08.0001.12639

UXTHEME.DLL Microsoft UxTheme Library Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2900.2180

VERSION.dll Version Checking and File Installation Libraries Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

wbhelp.dll WindowBlinds Helper DLL Stardock.Net, Inc 4.00.0000.0001

wblind.dll WindowBlinds (32 bit XP) Stardock Corporation 6.00.0000.0000

wbsys.dll WindowBlinds Stardock.Net, Inc 5.05.0000.0000

WINMM.dll MCI API DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

WLDAP32.dll Win32 LDAP API DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

WS2_32.dll Windows Socket 2.0 32-Bit DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

WS2HELP.dll Windows Socket 2.0 Helper for Windows NT Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

wshtcpip.dll Windows Sockets Helper DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

xpsp2res.dll Service Pack 2 Messages Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.2180

Link to my .dmp file:


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Thanks for quick responses. I was just wondering, I've had Windows Blinds for a long time now, could it suddenly cause utorrent to act up?


After turning off WindowsBlind, the problem is somewhat better. But it still shows heavy CPU usage that fluctuates (for example, from 4%ish to 65%ish).

One thing that sticks out is that the system idle process in task manager shows a 97 under the CPU column. I don't know if it's suppose to be like that but it seems to be an awful high number.

Thanks for your help everyone.

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"Idle" is idle.. it was apparently, way back when, what the programmers of the time decided to make the CPU do when it wasn't otherwise busy... as processing time was pay-by-hour/shared/$$$

Like DWK says, styler/WB . . does it still show up in a process explorer log when turned off?? If you search, you'll see skinning apps have been reported and fingered as the culprit in certain cases like this.

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Thanks for the reply.

I uninstalled WindowsBlind and Styler and a check of process explorer shows no DLLs related to those programs so I'm guessing they're gone for good. But the problem is still there. I've included a link of a picture of my task manager showing the 100% usage. Maybe this will provide a little bit of help:


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EEK! please save as at least PNG or JPG

start > run > mspaint at least has those options... other more robust image editors will do more options ;)

Here it is vjokerfo5.th.jpg but unfortunately it doesn't show much more than before. :/ Last idea... does AVG resident shield have "web protection"?? Is there a way to exclude utorrent.exe from its active scanning temporarily at least, or to uninstall to see if it's the cause :( Sorry I don't have more positive news.

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Sorry about the picture, forgot to change to another format :S.

I did turn off the whole AVG program to see if it was conflicting but it didn't solve the problem >=(.

Also, I added the Utorrent directory to the exceptions list in Resident shield and didn't work either.

Thanks for your help.

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:( Did you check AVG services from start > run > services.msc ?

That would be the last third party options seeing from the PE log. Alternative explanations may stem from your korean IME (doubtful), or freeram pro, or perhaps your Ctrl-P > Advanced > Disk Cache settings in uT itself. Did you override anything there??

Can you think of anything else which may preceed the problems showing up... updating your Catalyst driver? Windows update?

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Well I never touched anything in the disk cache settings.

The ones I have unchecked are:

"Override automatic cache size and specify the size manually(MB)"

"Increase automatic cache size when cache thrashing"

"Disable Windows caching of disk reads"

I also highly doubt the Korean IME from having anything to do with it.

Maybe I'll check if there are new Catalyst driver or even uninstall FreeRAM Pro and post an update.

Many thanks.

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Yeah. OK, sometimes problems go away when you UNCHECK the windows cache of reads and writes (write is default ON)... because it doesn't always work as expected across all windows and over network shares.

Like I said, out of ideas, so if you come up with something or remember anything feel free to bring it up. Otherwise, sounds like a weekend of poking at it.

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I don't know if everything's back to normal or not, I just downloaded something and was monitoring the CPU usage. It didn't go all that high... maybe uninstalling something like Windows Blind did the trick. Going to post another update when I download again.

Thanks all.

Ok, I guess it's when I download from certain websites that causes the this problem.


I found something really weird, in add/remove programs, utorrent is listed as having a size of 9766MB...

does anybody know what's going on?


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