Monitoring Remote Processes With High CPU Usage

August 04, 2020

Monitoring Remote Processes With High CPU Usage

When it comes to monitoring a network, a network administrator might see some weird things happen in the network, be it processes that keep shutting themselves down or even unusual network activity. But sometimes a process is consuming too much of your CPU power and it’s lagging the system. As a network administrator you must know what the reasons are and what can be done about this. Here we will try and come up with some reasons of high CPU usage and what can be done about it. In this article we deal with windows platform, why is CPU usage high? Here are 5 main reasons for this situation.

Reasons for high CPU usage

1. Too many background processes

A background process is a program that runs on a PC but does not open in the window. Since Windows itself needs some background processes to run, many background processes run on the computer at the same time. If you install the programs continuously, there are more and more programs on your PC, which leads to high CPU utilization.

2. Process Svchost.exe (netscvs)

When you open Task Manager, you may have noticed that the svchost.exe (netscvs) process is causing high memory or CPU usage. Sometimes this process is associated with malware, but it is a legal, system-critical Windows process.

3. WMI provider host (WmiPrvSE.EXE)

The WMI provider host process is a part of Windows that helps organize and repair large numbers of systems on the network. However, sometimes it gets out of control.

4. There is an annoying antivirus or virus

On the one hand, an annoying antivirus program can cause high CPU usage. On the other hand, a virus can also cause high CPU usage.

5. Idle process

In fact, the idle process is just a threat to consume CPU cycles. It is a reason for the high CPU usage.

Solutions to fix high CPU usage

Solutions to fix high CPU usage

In general, you can stay away from demanding applications to avoid high CPU usage. But sometimes it gets out of control because there is an error in the process, like the infamous WmiPrvSE.exe. You don't have to worry about that because we are going to present 8 solutions that can help you reduce the high CPU usage.

Solution 1: restart the WMI provider host

If the CPU usage is very high and you are not running a program, this is not normal. You can open Task Manager to check it. Microsoft recently made its official correction. You can only restart the service manually. How to fix the CPU 100%: Step 1: Search for and open services. Step 2: Look in the Application Management window and right click on it. Then choose Restart.

WMI provider host

After you complete this process, the high CPU usage will decrease. If not, you can try the next solution. Tip: You can also stop the service completely and simply restart your computer.

Solution 2: Use Event Viewer to identify the problems

If the problem with WmiPrvSE.exe persists, you can use Windows Event Viewer to determine the cause. There may be another system process that is busy with the WMI provider's host, resulting in high CPU usage. Here's how to 100% repair the CPU. Step 1: Right click the Start button and select Event Viewer to open it. Step 2: Select Application and Service Protocols on the left and then Microsoft. Then click Windows, WMI Activity, and Operational to open them. Step 3: Now you should find the latest error entries by scrolling through the list of operating events. Identify the client process ID for each error.

WMI provider host

Note: The client process ID changes each time the process is restarted. So it makes no sense to look for older bugs. If you suspect that one of these processes is causing the high CPU usage, you can find it by its ID in Task Manager and identify the faulty process to fix the high CPU usage.

Solution 3: Kill the processes that are causing high CPU usage

If you find that the PC is slower than usual and the CPU is 100%, you can use Task Manager to determine which processes are causing the high CPU usage. Here's how to fix the 100% CPU usage problem. Step 1: Right click on the taskbar. In the window, select Task Manager. Click on it to open. Step 2: Click the CPU column heading to sort the processes by CPU usage and check which processes are causing your CPU to get higher. Step 3: Right-click the process that is consuming a lot of CPU, and then click End Task to complete this process.

task manager processes with high cpu

Tip: You should google the process name to check whether the exit is safe or not before you end the processes. Now check whether the CPU utilization is still 100% after the operations described above. If not, this issue has been resolved. If the problem persists, try the next solutions.

Solution 4: disable third-party antivirus software or run an antivirus scan

Windows Defender is enough to deal with the daily problems. Therefore, uninstall third-party antivirus software if they harm your computer.

no antivirus installed

In addition, the viruses on your PC can cause the problem of 100% CPU usage. So you can try running an antivirus scan to check if there are any viruses, spyware or Trojans on your computer. If you find viruses after scanning your PC, you must delete them immediately. If you don't find any viruses, you can try the next solutions.

Solution 5: reset your energy plan

Power options have a significant impact on the performance of your PC. Especially when your computer is in sleep mode and you have changed the schedule settings, your CPU usage will increase. The steps to resolve high CPU usage through power options are as follows.

Windows Power Options

Step 1: Start Control Panel Make sure the display method is Category. Select the Hardware and Sound section on the left and click Power Options. Step 2: Then select Balanced (recommended) when your computer is in sleep mode. Step 3: Then click Change plan settings next to the Balanced option. Step 4: Now you should only click on the Restore default settings for this energy saving plan link. Confirm to make the changes.

Solution 6: disable Windows notification settings

If the client is running Windows 10, Windows notification settings on Windows 10 PC can trigger the CPU 100%. You can do the following to change Windows notification settings and fix the problem:

Windows Notification Settings

Step 1: You should click the Start button and click Settings to open the Windows setting. Step 2: Then select System and click on Notifications and Actions on the left side of the window. Step 3: Finally you only have to deactivate the function Get notifications from apps and other senders.

Solution 7: reset your computer

If none of these solutions work, you can only reset your computer. However, resetting your computer may result in data loss. Therefore, you should back up your important files in advance. Next, I'll introduce software that you can use to back up files.


Remote processes are not that different from local processes, you just have to connect to them via a remote desktop connection and you are in. you might be using third party software to manage your high CPU usage risks and it might be working but this article was all about how you could stop the processes without using any special tools. We hope that you have learned something and next time your local or remote processes start acting up you will have a reasonable way to handle them with the solutions identified here.