Anti Malware Service (32 Bit) is hogging CPU, Disk, and Memory on Windows 10

When I am trying to get my computer faster I see Anti Malware Service (32 Bit) taking up all of my CPU, Disk, and Memory so what should I do?? 

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1. When (approx. date) did you purchase the computer?

2. Did the computer come with Win10 preinstalled, did you do a clean install of Win10, or did you upgrade a Win7 computer or a Win8.1 computer [<=PICK ONE!] to Win10?

3. Who manufactured the computer (e.g., Dell; HP; Acer; Lenovo; ASUS)?

4. Has a Norton application or a McAfee application EVER been installed on the computer since you bought it?

5. Have you ever run the Norton Removal Tool and/or the McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool?

6. What Version & OS Build of Windows 10 is currently installed?

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I think I bought this computer in 2014 from TV It came with Windows 8 then I upgraded it to Windows 10. The company who manufactured the computer was HP. There is no Norton or Mcafee on this computer the only anti-virus I use is VIPRE and Windows Defender. I have Version 1607 (OS Build 14393.1198)

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Sounds like one of those HSN or QVC holiday specials that come with a "lifetime" license to VIPRE Security Suite. Nevertheless...

Chances are (99.99%) your HP computer came with a Norton free-trial preinstalled at the factory. Doesn't matter if you never used it. Fact: Norton (and McAfee) applications are notorious for not uninstalling (or upgrading) cleanly. The "leftovers" may be your troublemaker here.

See if the behavior persists after downloading/running the Norton Removal Tool (followed by a reboot).

Good luck!

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I don't get how this can help me

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I don't get how this can help me

Sorry, I thought you wanted to fix the problem.

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Yeah I did

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If you still want to fix the problem, try downloading/running the Norton Removal Tool - followed by a reboot.
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I did and it was still hogging up CPU

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Fact: Over the years we've learned that sometimes it's too late for the Norton removal tool to "come to the rescue." This may be another one of those times. That being said...

Now you could try (a) uninstalling VIPRE Security Suite (followed by a reboot), (b) making certain that Windows Defender & Windows Firewall are both enabled, then (c) seeing if "Anti Malware Service (32 Bit)" is still "taking up all of [your] CPU, Disk, and Memory."

Note: You have a "lifetime" license for VIPRE. If you wish, you can install it again - but only after you've resolved the "resource-hogging" issue.

Good luck.

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