I have a MacBook Pro I got in October 2012. It’s a fast machine. But when I use the Yahoo chess applet (Java), everything slows to a crawl, and the fan goes on full speed and stays on.
Now this applet has barely changed since 1998. It is primitive stuff. How can this POS software possibly cause my new machine to slow down so much?
Next question. I have Comcast as cable. Starting in 2011, they send me an email every few days saying my computer may be infected by a bot. Now there is one other adult in my household with a Windows machine, and it conceivably could have a bot on it.
In any case, before I considered that possibility, I took Comcast’s advice and installed the free Norton Antivirus they offer on my computer. It found nothing.
So, really what are the chances that a bot has infected my computer?
You could try updating Java or running a different version.
The emails you are getting are most likely some attempt at phishing.
If they’re not; you should call your ISP, maybe they can be more specific as to what the problem is.
As for general anti virus on Windows: the program I’m currently recommending is MSE. It is free, reasonably lightweight and it almost never nags about new versions or updates in a fashion that requires your attention. Most free av-programs want you to upgrade to the paid version and/or install some crapware. MSE might not be the very best in catch-rates but it almost never misbehaves on its own.
It doesn’t take a complicated program to use up a lot of computing resources.
As a simple test, you can cause an entire core of your Macbook cpu to be used up with a very simple program called “yes”. Just open up Activity Monitor (to see the effects), open up Terminal, and type “yes” (no quotes) into terminal. You’ll see a row of “y” characters, one per line, printed out, and the Terminal program’s CPU usage will shoot up to around 100%. You can stop it by closing the Terminal window.
The reason “yes” is so resource intensive is that it just does something very simple and repetitive, and does so as fast as the computer’s hardware can manage. More complicated programs generally have a sort of low power or idle state that they go into when they’re not busy, so they don’t use many resources. However, it’s possible to write a program so that, rather than idling, it does what’s called a “busy loop”. Basically, it just constantly churns the processor and checks to see if there’s anything to do yet.
My guess, if Activity Monitor shows that the Chess Applet is really taking up a lot of resources, is that it was written with a busy loop, rather than a proper idle loop.
Yes, I have launched Activity Monitor, and this simple applet is taking up a huge amount of CPU resources. Makes no sense. I used to run this thing on crappy desktops in the late 90s like it was nothing.
A lot of old Flash movies made by idio-- ahem “people” who weren’t aware of the proper way of timing animations would just get into an infinite loop of doing nothing but checking the computer’s clock to see if it was time for the next animation frame. It’s possible that old applet is doing something similar… if it’s as old as you say, nobody would have considered the consequences of this on power-saving CPUs (as they didn’t really exist at the time.)
Has it always behaved this way on that laptop, or did it begin after a recent Java update?