Some software is running. You get to find it.
1. Is the machine free from parasites? That is software besides virus, worm, trojan?
Parasite removal programs.
http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=1313&start=0 notes the five scanning tools and removal tools that are fairly safe. If one does encounter an issue, its always been damage done by the MALWARE. The most common issue being Layered Service Provider replacement which you can use LSPFIX (Hint: use http://www.google.com to find).
The thread has follow on discussions about new links if you don't want to use Google to find an item.
2. Did you install some firewall and it does this now?
PS. All the tools are free.
why is the hourglass keeps blinking beside the mouse pointer of my notebook? It is so annoying that I lose my concentration.