I'm unsure what's happening, someone please let me know if this is normal

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr Black, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. Mr Black macrumors member

    Mr Black

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    I have a 2.16Ghz Macbook with one gig of ram and a 120 gig HDD, Ive had it for a week and in the last 2 or 3 days its been really slowing down. I ran Clamxav and found one virus and deleted it. Now whenever Clamxav, or really any other app the CPU % will spike up. Sometimes reaching 90+ %. What could be causing this?

    Any help would be appreciated
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    What was the name of the virus Clamxav found?
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. Why did you install ClamxAV?
    2. I've found virus scanners tend to eat all resources on heavy disk usage.
    3. What virus did you find?
     
  4. Mr Black thread starter macrumors member

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    I installed clamxav b/c 4 or 5 days ago my macbook started acting strange and I wanted to be safe than sorry. It turned out that a volume needed repaired. Since then everythings been getting slower and slower. I put a gig of ram in today (I now have 1.5) and with just safari open my free memory is going down and if I whenever an app is doing something the cpu spikes, two apps both hit the high 90's. The "virus" was in an adobe preference file. I dont recall the name. Hopefully that helps.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Have you installed any Adobe products?

    I'm honestly thinking something is broken in ClamAV or it's typical active scanner processor and disk usage. My Windows machines drag when I try to download, copy, or extract an archive because the antivirus wants to scan everything.

    I still don't see a reason as to why you installed ClamAV. You're not going to be getting any benefit from it.
     
  6. Mr Black thread starter macrumors member

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    I uninstalled clamxav yesterday and its still happening
     
  7. Mr Black thread starter macrumors member

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    And yes I installed Adobe Design Suite Premium CS3. I uninstalled it yesterday as well and no change.
     
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    Go into your activity monitor and look for programs with high CPU usage (you can rank them in either ascending or descending order).
     
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