Background process hogs CPU once a minute



I have installed SP2 and recently upped my Sony Vaio -Athlon 2600 PC from
512MB to 1 GB memory. I am noticing a process that pops up every minute for
1-2 seconds and hogs the CPU (75% utilization). This is enough to cause the
mouse to jerk and stop tracking. I haven't tried writing a CD yet but am
concerned that it will cause a write error.

The task manager shows iexplore.exe as the only running process jumping up
[to 2-3% CPU] synchronous with the overall CPU utilization jump and with the
mouse jerks.

Is this the offending process? What is it doing on a 60 second duty cycle?
How do I prevent it from stealing mouse cycles?




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