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As my laptop (Dell precision 16Gb, ubuntu 18.4) had been slower than usual, I had a look at top. Here I have a process, called frontend pegging 50% of the CPU.

  PID USER      PR  NI    VIRT    RES    SHR S  %CPU %MEM     TIME+ COMMAND     
 7189 root      20   0  111508  22584   7440 S  44.9  0.1   0:12.23 frontend

I have no clue of what it can be, and it is not a process started by my user as ps -uwhoami| grep frontend returned nothing. It is also there after restarting and kill 7189 asks me for superuser permission, reason why I do not think that a simple sudo kill would solve the issue. Though I have not tried yet.

Anyone has any help, suggestion, idea about what to do? Anyone heard about a virus that can cause that?

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please, check this answer given in a similar situation, the system might be waiting for a secure boot: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/554025/linux-mint-frontend-process-what-is-it

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  • Yes, it is! Sorry for the duplicate, for some reasons I could not find the answer googling it...! – SeF May 2 at 18:42

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