The fan is normal. It upsets some laptop owners so laptop makers sometimes have an always on setting. Due to how these small motors work, I prefer the on by demand setting.
About the hourglass. YOU may not have installed anything but updated seem to happen a lot. Let's get a log file using an app I'll name after a WARNING. This app is a power tool. I am not telling you to do anything but get it's report. Getting the report does nothing. Running the app does nothing till you check box something and delete it. I want to use it and do nothing but get a log file.
Go get HIJACKTHIS (it's over at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/hijackthis/ )
Armed with this you can research line by line to understand what is running and what runs at startup and more.
You can also use TASK MANAGER to end items you don't need and see if it goes away.
Common causes I encounter are printer monitors, usb drives and skype click to talk.
We have a Toshiba Satellite C655 laptop w/Windows 7
Very recently (last week) the hourglass will constantly pop up next to the cursor (as I am typing now) and yes performance seems to be a little slowed.
We do have Kaspersky Anti-virus 2013 installed as well.
I have not installed or downloaded anything recently either.
Could it be a misconfiguration somewhere or maybe parasites ? Should i download Spybot?
This is so annoying. Thanks for any help