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High CPU Usage SRV.SYS (SYSTEM) Due to User Home Folder Scan

Created: 17 Jul 2009 • Updated: 17 Jul 2009 • 8 comments
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Be careful when creating a custom inventory scan.
Created a custom inventory scan for reporting on .exe & .pst files for user's mapped drives to a file server.
One file server in particular was experiencing high CPU usage for a sustained period of time by the System Process.
After using Process Explorer we discovered it was SRV.sys service and 50 files were being read at a time, spanning a 2 TB volume with over 1 million files.  Users had read access to most of this drive and the custom inventory scan for user folders was scanning this drive.  On one particular day there were 800+ machines running this scan at the same time based upon the task status reports in Altiris.  Needless to say the cause was readily apparent and we removed the directory which pointed to the server having the issues.

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Jewbie's picture

I have constantly getting a popup from Norton that says high cpu usage.  My computer is very slow after this, almost to not working.  What can I do to solve this problem?

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kobemazon24's picture

what did you do to fix the problem?

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StephanieLevone's picture

I've been having the same exact problem with my computer. Any suggestions to fix this problem would be greatly appreciated.

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wildangel's picture

I also am getting pop ups of high cpu usage & I don't understand. My computer should be 64 gb not 32 and my memory should be one of the best. My computer is a Dell inspiron if that helps. Please help me fix this if you can.

thank you

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bluebeard's picture

I just registered here. Are they any help at all? I see four of us have the same question but no answers???

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luvnmybabies's picture

I don't see anyone answering anyone... what is the sense in having a "HELP" site if they don't "HELP"!? 

I am getting these popups also (High CPU).... 

Some assistance would be nice to help understand this! frown

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KSchroeder's picture

I believe you are home users with Norton Anti virus, yes? The Connect site you are posting to is for business users. Please go to the Norton Community site for forum-based support for Norton branded products:

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