I have a three year old Vista laptop that has 3 GB of RAM installed. I have recently noticed that if I open task manager and keep an eye on the CPU usage, when I tend to open a web browser and especially view a youtube video the CPU usage starts to spike much higher and varies between 70-100% at times. Is there anything I can do to stop this happening?
I checked my startup applications and disabled all unnecessary programs such as Quicktime but it hasn't really made much of a difference. If I open a video through VLC Media Player the CPU is around 40% but watching one through youtube seems to max it out.
I use Chrome as my browser and only have the Adblock extension installed. I've tried Firefox but it has the same effect with "plugin-container.exe" being the process that uses the most CPU.
When this happens although the video continues to play fine i notice its not as smooth. It's really puzzling me as I cant remember my laptop doing this before. My Small Form Factor desktop PC which runs Windows 7 manages the same applications and even when watching a youtube video on there the CPU never approaches 100%.
Any suggestions guys?