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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Default constant cpu activity in quad

    I have a quad 2.5 with 4.5 gb non ecc ram. Recently, I have noticed that activity monitor shows all of my cpus maxing out at random. to wit: cpu one will go green all the way while everything else is quiet. Then 2 or three of them will be at 30 to 50 percent, then a different one, say four, will max out...and so on and so on. Mind you, this is with no foreground apps running at all. Active process are
    kernal task
    pm tool
    safari(to type this message)
    vshield check
    window server
    Vshield check sows cpu usage at 100 percent
    Force quitting it drops the idle cpu to normal.

    Is it worth all this activity to run resident virus protection when mac has so few if any viri?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Mobius Strip


    Why are you using vshield? It is a known problem. and not sure of its necessity. One alternative is ClamXav.

    Also, some people turn off / disable / kill Spotlight or it will interfere with CS2 and other content creation impacting performance.

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