From time to time, I experience a strange issue with my Windows XP SP2 system. The system will be normal until I perform some operation requiring opening a new window. Whether it's a new browser window from an already open browser or a new application, the application jumps to consuming 50% of my CPU -- always 50%. The app just about stops working and I'll End Task to close it. Another app will then jump to 50%. End that task and it jumps until it eventually lands on explorer.exe at 50%. At this point, all I can really do is reboot. The system will be fine for days and then I'll experience this again.
Virus scanners and spy software don't see anything. Anyone else seen anything like this and/or have any ideas?
I'm very tech savvy, but this one has me stumped.
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