100% CPU usage with XP Cooler from PCAlert4

     Any idea why I would be running 100% cpu usage when running XP Cooler from PCAlert4?  I noticed PC was sluggish when running it so CTRL+ALT+DEL and under performance is 100% CPU with 245MB Ram Usage. No other TSR's running - several application but under 10% CPU usage without PCAlert and XP Cooler.
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Deathstalker (Richard),
     I did what you suggest in memory management and also changed out the mem on the board - it did make a difference, not as much as I had hoped, but it did.
Raven,
     I have used Fraps in the past, forgot about it, but went ahead and downloaded it to get a better look.
To the Both of you,
     Thanks so much for your replies, sometimes it just takes someone outside looking in to see the things overlooked.  But I went ahead and also ran all of the latest updates for the board (semi new system and I only installed with the CD that came with the Mobo) and everything is running better than expected.  Thanks again for your thoughts - keep 'em flowin, it's amazing whom we could help.  Take care.
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