Advertisements process excessively consumes CPU

Reposted from the original bug report at launchpad (Retrieved March 15th 2010)

Once in a while, a process called “” starts consuming all my system resources, with CPU usage between 90-100%, my 2GB main memory AND my complete swap partition used up completely, making the system unresponsive to a degree that even single keystrokes need up to a minute to get interpreted by the system.

A forum post indicates that Adobe Reader 8 is the source of the problem. It claims that installing the “lsb” package will solve the problem. I can now confirm this does not fix the problem. Instead, the acroread process itself will now turn out to be the resource hog (no process is listed anymore by ‘top’ though).

Two known workarounds:
1) uninstall package acroread
2) when slowdown starts, either killall -KILL (package lsb not installed) or killall -KILL acroread (package lsb installed).


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