My GPU is at 38% all the time!

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When I am not playing games on my PC, my CPU runs at 0-3%. However, my GPU is very different. During this time, it hits a minimum of 38% yet it is not in use! I am beginning to think that there might be a virus that has attached itself on the svchost files. I have used my AVG antivirus to scan the whole computer but there is no virus. My system is a quad core 2 q6700 that has been overclocked to 3.4 ghz, has an Asus p5n-D motherboard, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard disk and 2GB graphics card. I believe that the specs are okay and won’t be causing the computer to run in this manner. Help me find a solution. Thanks

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My GPU is at 38% all the time!


If you are sure that your computer is idle and you are not doing anything on the machine then supposedly you won’t get high processes both on your processor and your graphics adapter GPU. Though you are not doing anything, both of these devices will still do light processing because your system is running.

For the processor, it will perform the processes for the background operations of the operating system like the required services, startup programs, and others. Though you are not playing a game, your graphics adapter will still do some processes because of the images displayed on your screen like the layout of the desktop, icons, graphics for the mouse if you have an animated cursor, and others.

If your GPU usage is at 38 percent [38%], check your system if you have a background application or a startup program that requires graphics processing like an animated mouse cursor. Another is if you are using an animated Windows skin or your background wallpaper animates then it can also be a cause why you have that level of GPU usage.

If you think a virus is doing this on your computer, download and install the Sophos Virus Removal Tool. The tool works alongside any antivirus program you may have and besides I don’t trust AVG. We have that on our office before and yet our network is crawling with viruses that it can’t remove.

Use the tool to scan your computer then when a virus is detected, repeat the scan until it no longer detects a virus.

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