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From: vicpeng(--nospam--at) [mailto:vicpeng(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 3:34 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: IT question

No not yet. IE seems to be behaving but I've yet to figure Outlook behaviour even when off line. Have yet to look into all of the ideas suggeted. I intend to let everyone know when I am sure.

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From: "Gautam Manandhar"
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 15:17:22 -0700
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: RE: IT question



Just wondering if you solved your computer problem with the high CPU usage.  As I had mentioned, I too had a problem similar to yours and got around the problem by killing the program sucking up the CPU from the task manager.  Last Monday, the problem (or the virus) got the upper hand.  I could not log on to my computer as the virus – I am presuming that is what it was – changed the log in password (I have Norton Antivirus running full time).  I had to rebuild the system- it was a pain.  I was lucky that the virus did not corrupt the data file. I was able to use another operating system (G-OS) to boot up and retrieve the data from the hard drive.


Gautam, SE


From: Thor Tandy [mailto:vicpeng(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 2:15 PM
Subject: IT question


This is not structural,however, I have a weird computer problem that eludes resolution.


During a recent webcast I found that I kept losing internet connectivity.  I blamed the webcaster and then Norton but that was not the case.


1)  When I am in Outlook my CPU usage climbs to 65%+.  It often peaks to 100% at which time it gags.  Problem only exists when using Outlook and/or IExplorer.


2)  When I go online, browsing etc it climbs to 30%+ but often not high at all.


3)  FTP/data/download transfers not significantly high unless I move about the browser.


4)  Problem slows my keystrokes and everything so I can't keep the email on.  Even as I type now the usage is at 70% ...


Does anyone have insight into what is happening in Outlook and/or IExplorer to cause this?  I blamed Norton because I don't have this problem on other machines I have that don't have Norton but I uninstalled Norton and the symptom persisted.


I am thinking of doing a re-build ... but I don't have the time at the moment for that.




Thor A. Tandy P.Eng, C.Eng, Struct.Eng, MIStructE
Victoria, BC