The processing of messages is slow or you experience high CPU utilization for the installed Symantec Brightmail AntiSpam product

Article:TECH83832  |  Created: 2005-01-31  |  Updated: 2009-01-08  |  Article URL
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You have a Symantec Brightmail AntiSpam software product or a Symantec Mail Security appliance. You experience high CPU utilization or a slow down in the processing of messages.


Before you continue, make sure you have installed the most current version of software for your Symantec product or appliance. Updates are available from the "select a product and version" page on the Symantec Technical Support Web site.

If conduit.exe causes the CPU utilization to spike into high numbers (70-90%) intermittently every 5 minutes to 10 minutes. This spike may be due to the download and update of Brightmail rule sets by conduit.exe. The rule sets keep your system up to date and spam free. This spike to CPU is expected behavior of the product.

If you have the most current version installed, the next step is to browse through the following documents relating to CPU utilization and message slow down.
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If you still have not resolved the problem, please contact Symantec Technical Support to continue troubleshooting.

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