Using Task Manager to Diagnose and Help a slow machine
What we see above is that an instance, or window, of Iexplore is using 78% of the processor. Firefox is using another 12%. That is 88% of our process for just 2 windows. What we want to do is get rid of that – WARNING – killing the wrong process can crash your machine and have serious side effects. Do this at your own risk.
The simplest thing to do is to go to Internet Explorer and close all of your windows. The same thing with firefox. If that doesn’t work, then you can right-click on the process and chose END PROCESS TREE – See my warning above about killing processes.
I suspected a window that I had open that was running a java based crossword puzzle. I opened that Internet Explorer Window and closed it.
Take a look at the circled portion on both processors. Closing that one window had an immediate effect. The processor usage dropped from being pegged at 100% to about 25% or so.
Quite often, this is all you have to do to get your machine responding better. The problem is that many websites use extensive Active-x, java or other applications or are just very large pages.
If you can’t get the machine responding by closing the offending processes, then a reboot might work.
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