CIS 5 - cmdagent high cpu usage - d+ disabled

Hi everyone!

I am not sure if it’s a bug or a configuration topic so I post it here.
I am using CIS 5 and realized that cmdagent consumes much cpu. I thought it might be related with defense+ and deactivated it. But cmdagent still consumes much cpu.

When cmdagent works, it and lsass use about 50% CPU.
The overall CPU usage of cmdagent an lsass is about 30% of the CPU time (after 40 minutes the computer is running).
I am running CIS 5 on Win 7 x64.

So my questions:
How can I reduce the cpu consumption? How can I turn off cmdagent? What is cmdagent needed for?


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Hi everyone,

it seems I found the problem. cmdagent seems to scan the disk even if D+ is disabled. But it depends on the “Unrecognized Files” list. I moved a few files that were “Unrecognized Files” to the “Trusted Files”, I deleted the rest of the files and I purged the list. I keep D+ disabled.
Perhaps moving the files to the “Trusted Files” might also have helped.

Best regards!

If you get an occurrence of high CPU. Completely remove CIS using the CIS removal tool. The media fire link works well. Read the instructions carefully and do a registry clean after every action and reboot after every action. Then do a clean reinstall of CIS 5.

The mediafire link is

Sounds a little long winded but it worked for me.