I've been experiencing this exact problem when i'm online lately, when i'm typing and browsing my system slows to a standstill. Its getting on my nerves but the moment i stop typing the CPU usage goes right back down. I'll hae a tinker and see what i can find then post it here in case it's of any use to you. :beer:
OK it's Internet Explorer itself that's using up all my CPU power, i don't know why the hell why it's doing that but i suspect that yours is doing the same thing. Anyone know why IE should be acting like this, and what can i do to fix it? Can it be fixed with some sort of patch?
It looks like windows media player is taking up the cycles, but when I go off line, the ratio changes radically to like 5% from 90%..... even though media player is just open in the background not being used..
maybe it's that worm that's been going around
it's supposed to be a DOS attack which could slow yur system
but I would recommend upgrading IE and installing the worm patch and SP4
that should fix yur problem even if it isn't the worm (which it prob isn't)
I also agree with the above, kill any processes you don't recognize or that you don't need and try to make them not startup with windows
also uninstall any weird stuff that installed itself while you were browsing
i've noticed a few things seem to do that these days
i could be a pop up. For some pop ups your computer will have to "connect to a server" for you to view it. And just as in a web page sometimes it doesnt connect. Since its doing all this in the background - your computer will think the pop up is the active window (window on top) - you cant click any other windows because the pop up is active and frozen, and you can close the popup cause you havent connected to the server to see it (it hasnt popped up yet) - I know it sucks, usually you can shoot to task manager and close down the explorer window that you see is the pop up. i get these all the time - but maybe its because im surfin on a 166p1