Starting a week or 2 ago I noticed that skype is useing 50-70% CPU useage. Before it was under 10%. And I know it's not my computer's specs as it was fine before. I don't think its a virus or spyware becuase I havn't downloaded anything that would cuase it and my anti-virus software (NOD32 ESET) is decent enough to spot a virus in time.
I beleive it may be a Windows 7 updates. Anyone else notice a CPU change since an update in the past week or so?
Win7, MS Security Essentials.
The same is happening to me also. I am on Vista and I do allow the Microsoft updates as they come out. When I exit Skype completely, CPU goies to normal. Then I restart Skype and it will go down under 10% usage. But after a bit, lets say 15 minutes or 1/2 hour CFPU on Skype goes up to a minmum of 48% and sometimes well over 50% when nothing is occurring in Skype. It is Skype.exe that is doing this. What is the cause and how does one stop this unacceptable behaviour???
I have just "upgraded" to the Beta version of Skype... Version 126.96.36.199. I was previously using the latest GA version of Skype. Fingers crossed, but it has now been up and running for over 20 minutes and is using considerable less memory and 0% CPU, which is what one would expext when it is really doing nothing. I may suggest trying this for yourself and see what happens for you. I will explain that after I started the install of the Betya version it seemed to "hang" until I told the previous version to quit, then all isnstalled as expected. Good Luck... I hope this keeps working for me as well as working for you!
This exact same thing happens to me too, except its on and off. Sometimes the program seems to take up barely any CPU power at all, but other times it takes up almost all of it. Im hoping this gets corrected in future versions of Skype or Windows updates.
Well well... I just had a similar occurrence. Skype is using 50-60% of all 4 cores, and is doing that for the past 30 minutes. I log on to this forum and register, while having skype open (that is "as an active window" as opposed to "as a tray icon"), and BAM, the activity drops to nothing. What.... why? My harddrive comes again to a quiet rest rather than the constant hum. What is skype doing when I'm not watching that takes 50-60% of all CPU power?
U can try and download a network monitor program (netlimiter2) for example and check if skype.exe or skype related running procceses are using lots of bandwith when not calling.
Might be a sneaky virus