I've read about this issue somewhere before but never paid attention as I hadn't had any problem myself. Well, guess it's my turn now... Lately I've been noticing ESS's kernel module (ekrn.exe) taking over 50% of CPU cycles on my computer. My setup is nothing special: Vista Business 32-bit + AVG Anti-Spyware + System Safety Monitor. While the problem occurred, I was simply watching some movies on my projector (configured as a secondary monitor). I think it started yesterday (or at least that's when I first noticed) but didn't think much of it. About an hour ago it got so much worse that the video just kept skipping. This combo has been working well for me for a while now, and I'm really at lost as to where it could go wrong. Has anyone else noticed this kind of behavior? And how can I get rid of it? Any help is appreciated.