even while im writing this, its lagging my system down to a crawl. it comes it spurts pretty much? no idea why its doing this, it was fine not 3 hours ago, then i did a restart and it started doing this, since then ive restarted like 5 times trying to figure out whats causing it no luck :/ programs are taking 5 minutes or more to open sometimes. ive booted into safe mode, and did a norton anti virus search, and an AV anti virus search. also i have run a spy bot search and destroy search, and im running a stinger search right now but its going so slow probably going to take another 20 minutes. windows xp pro 3.0 intel processor, hyper threading. 1 gb ram 200 gig main hard drive 40 gig backup. ... I just recovered from some sort of odd virus last week.. which didnt act anything like this. ever since ive recovered from that last virus, ive been running Zone alarm 24/7, with high/high settings for blocking stuff. and now this happens once again thanks for any help. Nothing has been found yet. 0 spyware 0 virus's or trojans yet. why is system idle process taking up all my processor power? it doesnt make sense. can i turn it off? i dont care about what it does, id like to turn it off, since its running constantly.