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I'm running an i7 quad core with 16gb ram and an SSD. My proc maxes out at 100% routinely, and sometimes my ram goes into swap. This happens with Gnome or Unity. My laptop runs arch, and I'm seriously thinking of jumping ship, even if installing arch is a massive pita.

The 'top' command shows a process called "Web Content". That and systemd-resolve, and occasionally dnsmasq are gunking up my CPU resources. What do I do?

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    "Web Content" is a process associated to Firefox most likely. – pomsky May 11 '18 at 22:14
  • Thanks for that detail. I was starting to wonder if my computer hadn't been compromised. – j-grimwood May 11 '18 at 22:20
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    I would recommend to try running the computer offline to see if it still hogs up cpu that way, since 'Web Content' along with a resolver sounds awfully related to bad network activity. – Robobenklein May 12 '18 at 2:42


Asked too soon. Apparently....setting DNSStubListener to "no" pushed my proc issues down a lot. Apparently, it was an issue between dnsmasq and systemd-resolve

  • After this, the highest consuming process in the "top" command is Web Content and gnome-shell. Fan has gone quiet. wooo. – j-grimwood May 11 '18 at 22:21

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