Sorry, the url has it's 'g' from 'jpg' cut off, http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs234&d=08491&f=why942.jpg
My computer could run the most cpu and graphics intensive programs on highest settings 2 weeks ago. Now it takes me half an hour to google something.
Picture example of the types of things that happen to me about every 30-60 seconds (that is, I stall for 2-5 minutes, then everything runs free and normal for 30-60 seconds, till another 2-5 minute stall): http://xs234.xs.to/xs234/08491/why942.jp...
Programs take 2-5 minutes to start up as well (firefox). I notice when watching them in taskmanager, they show up as soon as I click on them, however instead of starting off at 100k memory usage and going up to say a standard 120,000k in a second or two, they start off and grow super slow. The seconds turn to minutes. 1 minute after opening firefox is at 7k memory usage. Then 3 minutes, it's at 90k, then it opens after another minute or two.
I've waited for 30 mins for a game to load, just staring at a loading screen which used to complete in less than two minutess. I didn't wait any longer, but the point is nothing loads at an appropriate speed.
I ran a virus test, last week. I had 7 harmful files. I deleted them all. But then my computer did not improve at all. I rescanned, the files are gone (they didn't look too scary or serious anyway), but the slowness remains. No spyware, besides tracking cookies which get deleted every once and a while.
I can't think it's a hardware issue because if I wait 20 minutes for the only game i can stand to wait the loading screen out I get smooth same as always great performance. It's just loading things that takes FOREVER.
In that picture example up there i gave: http://xs234.xs.to/xs234/08491/why942.jp... the program highlighted is msiexec.exe...Well I ran that install and it completed at least ten minutes before i took the screen shot. All my programs stay after I close them taking up memory and just doing nothing until i manually end process them.