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Archive for June 8th, 2015

Microsoft Defender (aka Antimalware) using lots of CPU when machine becomes idle (via: MsMpEng.exe ISSUES! Using very high amounts of CPU, during scans – Microsoft Community)

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/06/08

When using Windows VMs on my MacBook Retina, often they’d start using excessive CPU after I switched back to my OS X screen.

This is very distracting, for instance during presentations, as it also starts humming the fans at close to 100 Hz (for non techies: nearly 6000 rpm).

When switching back to the VM, and going to Task Manager soon enough, I observed a MsMpEng+high+cpu+usage.

Since I knew this was caused by Windows Defender, I first tried to “Excluded files and locations” MsMpEng.exe, but that did not help.

My second thought was that it was caused by idle behaviour. Disabling that was indeed the cause. Since doing that was kind of hard to circumvent, here is how:

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Posted in Microsoft Security Essentials, Power User, Uncategorized, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Defender | Leave a Comment »

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