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I've had this problem for a couple of days. Every time I start a game like portal or team fortress 2 svchost.exe starts eating cpu. This goes on for a couple of minutes and suddenly svchost goes back to normal cpu usage.
I have 7 different svchost.exe processes in my task manager, 3 system, 2 local service and 2 network service.
I've downloaded process explorer and the svchost that takes all the cpu has the PID 1412, dunno if that info makes any difference but sounds important. :p
I've searched for svchost.exe to see if there are any more that could be possible viruses but i only found the one in /windows/system32/
I have no idea what could be causing this problem... Also, I apologize if there already is a solution for this in another topic. Didn't find any when I searched.
I'm running windows media center 2005.

Any help is appreciated!
 

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Please do this.
Click Start, Run and type CMD.EXE

Type tasklist /svc >c:\taskList.txt

Close the command prompt.

Go to C:\tasklist.txt
Edit > select all
Edit > copy

Return to this thread.
Paste the contents of tasklist.txt into your next reply.

Source of tasklist.txt information http://windowsxp.mvps.org/svchost.htm

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Here's the tasklist:
(My OS language is in Swedish, so if you wonder "Saknas" means missing)

Avbildningsnamn PID services
========================= ====== =============================================
System Idle Process 0 Saknas
System 4 Saknas
smss.exe 892 Saknas
csrss.exe 964 Saknas
winlogon.exe 996 Saknas
services.exe 1040 Eventlog, PlugPlay
lsass.exe 1052 PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage, SamSs
svchost.exe 1204 DcomLaunch, TermService
svchost.exe 1268 RpcSs
svchost.exe 1412 AudioSrv, BITS, CryptSvc, Dhcp, dmserver,
ERSvc, EventSystem,
FastUserSwitchingCompatibility, helpsvc,
HidServ, lanmanserver, lanmanworkstation,
Netman, Nla, Schedule, seclogon, SENS,
SharedAccess, ShellHWDetection, srservice,
TapiSrv, Themes, TrkWks, W32Time, winmgmt,
wscsvc, wuauserv, WZCSVC
svchost.exe 1460 Dnscache
svchost.exe 1500 LmHosts, RemoteRegistry, upnphost, WebClient
explorer.exe 280 Saknas
spoolsv.exe 308 Spooler
ehtray.exe 568 Saknas
jusched.exe 576 Saknas
PRISMSTA.exe 584 Saknas
CTDVDDET.exe 592 Saknas
DLLML.exe 612 Saknas
VolPanel.exe 620 Saknas
CTHELPER.EXE 628 Saknas
CTXFIHLP.EXE 636 Saknas
nTrayFw.exe 660 Saknas
SOUNDMAN.EXE 668 Saknas
rundll32.exe 740 Saknas
CTXFISPI.EXE 772 Saknas
rundll32.exe 788 Saknas
iTunesHelper.exe 812 Saknas
ctfmon.exe 860 Saknas
CTDetect.exe 908 Saknas
msnmsgr.exe 940 Saknas
Skype.exe 172 Saknas
Personal.exe 1348 Saknas
NotiMan.exe 1560 Saknas
AppleMobileDeviceService. 692 Apple Mobile Device
avgupsvc.exe 796 Avg7UpdSvc
mDNSResponder.exe 1172 Bonjour Service
CTSVCCDA.EXE 1344 Creative Service for CDROM Access
ehrecvr.exe 1576 ehRecvr
ehSched.exe 1756 ehSched
Apache.exe 1568 ForcewareWebInterface
nSvcIp.exe 2240 nSvcIp
Apache.exe 2324 Saknas
nSvcLog.exe 2512 nSvcLog
nvsvc32.exe 2612 NVSvc
svchost.exe 2660 SSDPSRV
wdfmgr.exe 2896 UMWdf
mcrdsvc.exe 3124 McrdSvc
nSvcAppFlt.exe 3276 ForceWare Intelligent Application Manager (IA
M)
iPodService.exe 3944 iPod Service
ehmsas.exe 3988 Saknas
dllhost.exe 2104 COMSysApp
alg.exe 344 ALG
svchost.exe 4004 HTTPFilter
usnsvc.exe 2884 usnjsvc
avgamsvr.exe 3000 Avg7Alrt
avgemc.exe 3108 AVGEMS
avgcc.exe 3132 Saknas
Shareaza.exe 1860 Saknas
wmiprvse.exe 3248 Saknas
firefox.exe 1720 Saknas
iTunes.exe 2256 Saknas
AppleMobileDeviceHelper.e 3540 Saknas
distnoted.exe 2156 Saknas
cmd.exe 2188 Saknas
tasklist.exe 824 Saknas
wmiprvse.exe 856 Saknas
 

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Go to device manager & disable your sound card.
RIGHT click "my computer"
Left click "manage"
Maximize the window.
On the left, left click "device manager".
Left click the "+: to the left of sound controllers.
RIGHT click each entry.
Left click "disable"
Reboot.
Test your system.

If that works, re-enable all entries.
Reboot.
Update your sound drivers.

You can also try.
Go into the system configuration utility & disable
AudioSrv, BITS, CryptSvc, Dhcp, dmserver,
ERSvc, EventSystem,

start > run
delete contents of long, skinny, white box
type: msconfig
Left click "ok"
Go to the "services" tab.
Disable the items noted AudioSrv, BITS, CryptSvc, Dhcp, dmserver,
ERSvc, EventSystem,
left click "ok"
reboot.
Test your system.

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Ok, I tried the first one and it didn't work.
The second option worked, even though I didn't disable all the items.
The ones I disabled was: Backgroud Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Cryptographic Services (CryptSvc), DHCP Client, Error reporting service (ERSvc) and Event log which was probably wrong, cause there's no "system" in "event log".

So, how do I fix this problem without having to disable these services (which also kills my internet connection)?

btw Thanks for the help
 

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EXCELLENT!

Now, return to the system config utility.
Enable 1 of the items you disable.
Reboot.
Test your system.

Do that for EACH of the items you disabled. Hopefully, your problem is caused by only 1 service, but it is possible [ we are dealing with computers, here ] that more than 1 service is involved.

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Good job, Revro!

When, in relationship to installing your video games, did the problem begin?

Can we narrow the problem to being with 1 game? Did the problem begin after installing a particular game? If so, perhaps uninstalling that game, & using system restore, will temporarily put your computer into a usable state.

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Revro:
Enable DHCP Client in the system config utility.
Restart your computer.

Then, create a system restore point.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial56.html

Then,

Step 1 - Make sure that the three driver files are present

Open Windows Explorer and navigate to %Windir%\System32\Drivers folder. Make sure that the following files are present in the folder:

* afd.sys
* tcpip.sys
* netbt.sys

Do not make any changes. Please report if all 3 are present.

Step 2 - Verify the number of Dependencies

From other sources in the Web, I've found that installation of Norton Antivirus (NAV) adds an entry to the DHCP Service dependencies, and removing NAV does not remove the corresponding entry from the DHCP Dependencies.

To view the dependency services registered for DHCP Client Service, type the following command in Start, Run dialog:

CMD /K SC QC DHCP

Verify the output. It should be exactly as below:

[SC] GetServiceConfig SUCCESS

SERVICE_NAME: dhcp
TYPE : 20 WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS
START_TYPE : 2 AUTO_START
ERROR_CONTROL : 1 NORMAL
BINARY_PATH_NAME : C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
LOAD_ORDER_GROUP : TDI
TAG : 0
DISPLAY_NAME : DHCP Client
DEPENDENCIES : Tcpip
: Afd
: NetBT
SERVICE_START_NAME : LocalSystem

Step III - Verify that the Dependency Service / components are running

Next step is to verify that the three dependency components are running. Follow the steps below:

* Click Start, Run and type DEVMGMT.MSC
* In the View menu, click Show hidden devices
* Double-click Non-Plug and Play drivers section
* Double-click the entry AFD, and click the Driver tab
* Set the Startup type to System.
* Start the service. Note down the error message if any.
* Similarly start the two other drivers namely:

* TCP/IP Protocol Driver
* NetBios over Tcpip

* Close Device Manager and restart Windows.

source: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/dhcp.htm

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I did the first two steps and every thing was alright.
In the third step, should I stop the devices and then start them again? They are already running and are set to system startup.

The problem just started one day, I already had the game/s installed. It seems like the problem only occurs with half life 2 games like team fortress 2 and portal.

I'm going to try to do a system restore if there are any restore points.
 

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The system restore didn't work. Although I didn't restore to before I installed the games and reinstalled it. That's because I'm sure that the problem started to occur after I had installed and played the games. I may try to reinstall it to see if it has to do with steam or something.
It's not a huge problem though, as it only takes about 2 min for svchost to go back to normal cpu usage.

Thanks for all the help though! :up:
 
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