What's locking up my Laptop?
October 26, 2012 5:22 PM Subscribe
How do I find out which application on my old laptop is eating up all the CPU when I connect to a WiFi hotspot?
I've tried turning on Performance monitoring but of course it freezes up with everything else.
posted by storybored to computers & internet (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I connect to the Net at any Wifi hotspot, some application starts accessing or downloading to the hard drive. After about ten minutes, the drive light is on solid and the laptop stops responding.
I fix it by powering off the machine. When it comes back up, I can connect with no further problems.
This sounds like there's an application that is downloading an update or data or ? once a day.
What's the fastest way of finding the miscreant?
I'm running Windows Vista (Home version), Chrome, AVG (Free), ZoneAlarm, the Dell Support app is also running as is something called Synaptics Pointing Device.