Numerous issues can be indicated by high CPU utilization. It’s likely that an application is acting improperly if it consumes your full processor. The presence of a virus or adware should be treated right away if your CPU is maxed out. It can possibly just indicate that you need to improve your computer because it can’t handle what you want to perform.
There are several ways to troubleshoot high CPU usage on a computer:
- Identify the process that is causing the high CPU usage:
Ctrl + Alt + Deleteto open the Task Manager.
- Go to the “Performance” tab and look at the CPU usage chart.
- Look at the list of processes under the “Processes” tab and sort them by CPU usage. The process that is using the most CPU will be at the top of the list.
- End the process causing the high CPU usage:
- In the Task Manager, right-click on the process that is causing the high CPU usage and select “End task.”
- Update or disable the application causing the high CPU usage:
- If the process causing the high CPU usage is an application, try updating it to the latest version or disabling it to see if that helps.
- Restart the computer:
- Sometimes, simply restarting the computer can resolve high CPU usage issues.
- Check for malware:
- High CPU usage can sometimes be caused by malware. Run a full scan of your computer using a trusted antivirus program to check for and remove any malware.
- Check for system updates:
- Outdated or corrupt drivers can cause high CPU usage. Check for and install any available system updates to see if that resolves the issue.
- Check for hardware issues:
- If none of the above steps have helped, there may be a hardware issue causing the high CPU usage. Check for any damaged or loose connections, and consider running a hardware diagnostic test to check for any issues with the CPU or other hardware components.