The pauses you speak of could be self-induced. I've lost count of PCs with conflicts in security as well as malware installed.
I'm looking to buy a new inexpensive laptop but don't know where to start. I plan to use the laptop mostly just for web surfing, streaming videos online, and programming in PHP. I won't use it for gaming, don't need the best video graphics, etc. I also want a laptop that is fast because my current one can take a very long time to start up and the internet browser pauses many times. The laptop being light and having a long battery life is also good for me. Any ideas of what brands would be good for me?