Go to www.sysinternals.com and download (and run) their rootkit detector. I did a quick count of processes on my W2K laptop and found 47 – and I’m running a bunch of stuff.
Also get TCPView and run it. It will show you processes which intialize and listen on network ports. One advantage I’ve found with that is that many trojan processes won’t let you see – or kill processes they own, but the TCPView utility WILL allow this.
The other thing I always recommend is to take out the hard drive and attach it to another system as a NON-BOOT drive- that is, just another data drive – and then run Norton Anti-Virus, Pest Patrol, and a full Scandisk/Chkdsk against it before allowing it to ever boot on its own.
Good Luck, and Hi to all you more regular folks here – Haven’t had time to spend – too busy.
Your computer system might be experiencing some malicious software infection that make the processor keeps running even without opening a heavy application. First, you have to back up your important data then perform a full system scan of your computer system. Also, remove all the unwanted application installed in your system.