Someplace to stash my stuff
keeps reinventing itself with high CPU
Published on May 27, 2018 By starkers In Personal Computing

Yeah, as the title suggests, I'm having trouble with notepad.exe constantly reinventing itself.... no matter how many times I end the process in Taskmanager/Taskkill in CMD as administrator.  I no sooner end it and it is back pretty much instantly.  When this happens the CPU is running at over 90%, often at full tilt, 100%.  Not only that, it is writing files that I cannot find.  So far it has written over 30Gb of files I am unable to locate, and on a 120Gb SSD, I will run out of room very soon.

Other things I have tried: deleting notepad.exe, but Windows won't let me, even in Safe Mode; I used a 3rd party process killer from IOBit without success, and an "end stubborn programs", also from IOBit.  Nothing I've tried had worked and I'm concerned for my machine, the little HP 2-in-1.

Also, I found 2 instances of notepad.exe on my machine; one in system.32, and the other in the regular Windows folder.  I don't recall there being 2 before, so maybe one is bogus and needs to be removed.... IF Windows will let me.

If somebody can help me resolve this I'd be most appreciative.  Perhaps an uninstaller/file shredder that uses brute force is the only solution.  If I delete/uninstall both to be sure, can I get back notepad exe via a Windows update or something.

TIA, Mark.


Comments (Page 2)
on May 30, 2018

alaknebs

you never installed chrome or other google stuff ever? chances are it was installed with the other stuff but not uninstalled.

Google Chrome installed itself yonks ago with CCleaner as I recall, and I dumped it as soon as I realised it was an unwanted part of the download.  Anyhow, whatever caused the crap to be there it's now gone and Google can go fech itself.

on May 30, 2018

alaknebs

you never installed chrome or other google stuff ever? chances are it was installed with the other stuff but not uninstalled.

Google Chrome installed itself yonks ago with CCleaner as I recall, and I dumped it as soon as I realised it was an unwanted part of the download.  Anyhow, whatever caused the crap to be there it's now gone and Google can go fech itself.

on May 30, 2018

Weird. I posted another alternative for the cap'n. Notepad++ It was right after reply #14, the Cap'n's post. Don't know what happened to it. 

on May 30, 2018


Notepad++

Notepad++ is awesome.  You can open up e.g. 20 files and one time and do a search or replace on all of them at once.  It has more commands than I'll ever use.

on May 30, 2018


Weird. I posted another alternative for the cap'n. Notepad++ It was right after reply #14, the Cap'n's post. Don't know what happened to it. 

Thanks, Uvah... and Dave.  I'll have a look at Notepad + +, as well as the one Jafo mentioned.  However, it's not urgent.  The notepad that comes with Windows has behaved itself since I got rid of that Google crap, and that'll give me time to investigate the alternatives. 

I was still getting high CPU usage, though, and tracked it down to Windows Defender, which I've disabled as I now have Malwarebytes installed to replace it.  Another one in Task Manager showing high CPU usage is Firefox.  I shall have to investigate that now.

Oh woe is me... the PC problems never end.  

on May 30, 2018

Well Starkers it will take awhile to iron out a new custom computer. I am curious which text editor is better if you can post when you figure that out.