Why is there high cpu usage for no reason?

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Quentin Engles

Jan 23, 2022, 12:26:08 AM1/23/22
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I watch a Youtube video for instance. I see high cpu usage in the system monitor around 80 to 90%.

At first I didn't know what was happening. In Firefox I opened the Task Manager, and VDH was shown as the top consumer of resources while watching a Youtube video. No download was active, and the cpu is consistently high while watching the video long after page load. I disabled VDH, and boom, cpu usage dropped to around 10%.

I'm on Linux if that matters. And of course using Firefox as I have already mentioned.

It doesn't seem to happen with every video I watch on Youtube. But when it happens on some video it continues to do high cpu usage on that video page, and does it even if I restart Firefox.

BTW there was one question about something similar, but I don't know if it applies to my particular case.

Wild Willy

Jan 23, 2022, 12:47:19 AM1/23/22
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This thread may or may not be relevant:


I have gotten in the habit of turning VDH off if I'm going to sit & watch something
online from any streaming site. I am also in the habit of stopping playback on something
I am downloading via VDH.

You might post the URL of whatever it was that you were watching. I wouldn't mind
testing your case. I'm on Windows 7 64-bit so I wouldn't be completely replicating your
situation, but I would be using Firefox 96.0.2 64-bit, licensed VDH 7.6.3a1 beta, & CoApp
1.6.3. And in case it becomes a question, I do not work for VDH. I'm just another user,
like you.

Quentin Engles

Feb 5, 2022, 10:07:01 PM2/5/22
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Sorry. I don't remember the last video it happened on. It happens randomly about once a week.

If it happens again maybe I'll try to remember to post a URL here.

Ga Gu

Aug 1, 2022, 4:41:06 AM8/1/22
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When I'm watching a Youtube live stream, CPU is high. Memory occupation is normal though. 
Switching off the Video DownloadHelper extension wil fix the  CPU abnormality.   
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