Wednesday, September 14, 2016

dllhost.exe - High CPU Usage

I was getting high CPU usage from dllhost.exe recently.  I noticed it when my laptop's battery started draining unusually quickly.  After trying several things, I logged on as a different user, and the problem went away.  So I backed up my documents and settings, blew away my profile, and logged back in.  Problem solved.

Or so I thought.  After restoring all of my documents, the problem came back.

I discovered it was Windows, trying to index a corrupted video file that was on my desktop.  I deleted the corrupted video file, and my CPU usage returned to normal.

We Need to Teach Critical Thinking Again

One thing most people don’t realize about tech people that are roughly my age (plus or minus five years, let’s say) is how many of the dark ...