Windows 10: Notepad consuming cpu 40% Solved

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  1. Posts : 8,142
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       11 Oct 2017 #11

    I'm with dalchina on this. The most probable reason is that the 'notepad.exe' that's running is in fact malware hiding under the Notepad name. Have you looked at its Properties in Task Manager and compared it with the genuine example dalchina gave?
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  2. Posts : 13,167
    Win 10 Pro-MX Linux 17.1 PClinuxOS Mate
       11 Oct 2017 #12

    Bree said: View Post
    I'm with dalchina on this. The most probable reason is that the 'notepad.exe' that's running is in fact malware hiding under the Notepad name. Have you looked at its Properties in Task Manager and compared it with the genuine example dalchina gave?
    Has to be something like that, I don't use Notepad but Notepad++ and when I used UltraEdit a large program, it never used 40% everything I am running right now only uses 3 to 10%
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  3.    11 Oct 2017 #13

    Right click the entry in question to see if you can open it's file location:

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  4.    11 Oct 2017 #14

    SFC /Scannow will not fix a malware problem, assuming that's what it is. You need to run appropriate malware detection software. Google research can suggest which may be appropriate.
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  5. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 home ( 64-bit )
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       13 Oct 2017 #15

    Josey Wales said: View Post
    Is Notepad the only program that does this?

    yes just the notepad that consumes the CPU
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  6. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 home ( 64-bit )
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       14 Oct 2017 #16

    Edwin said: View Post
    Right click the entry in question to see if you can open it's file location:

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    it opens
    C:\Windows
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  7.    15 Oct 2017 #17

    Hi, please post screenshots like this:
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    The second is what I see if I click Open File Location.
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  8. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 home ( 64-bit )
    Thread Starter
       15 Oct 2017 #18

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi, please post screenshots like this:
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    The second is what I see if I click Open File Location.
    hi thanks for the help so far .. much appreciated

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  9. Posts : 8,142
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       15 Oct 2017 #19

    Your screenshot of Task Manager and the notepad.exe properties shows the same size and creation date as in @dalchina's earlier screenshot. So it looks like it is the real notepad that's running.

    But - it isn't running the way it should. In your Task Manager there should be a > to the left of notepad, and clicking on it should open up a list of the Notepad instances that are running, along with the name of the document that's open (or 'Untitled - Notepad' if none).

    Yours doesn't show that (compare it with dalchina's screenshot). Notepad is running - yes, but not the way it's supposed to. It appears to be in the list of background processes, not in the list of Apps where it should be. Could something be trying to run it as a service? Perhaps some malware set this up, but failed to replace the genuine notepad.exe with its counterfeit one?

    As a first step I'd look at the Startup tab in Task Manager for clues.
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  10. Posts : 8,142
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       15 Oct 2017 #20

    Bree said: View Post
    Notepad is running - yes, but not the way it's supposed to. It appears to be in the list of background processes...
    I can reproduce this (though not the high cpu use).

    Without logging out I switched to another user, opened Notepad, then switched back to the first user. Task Manager shows the other user's Notepad running as a background process, but it's not shown in my Apps because it's not me that's running Notepad.

    Do you have any other users signed in at the same time as you? Have a look at Task Manager's Users tab. You will also see Notepad along with the user name running it on Task Manager's Details tab.

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