I am extremely fuming with this right now. Another problem cropped up. When I activate my printer, a Canon MP130 USB printer-scanner, and try to access the scanner via my computer, or anything in my computer while the printer is on, the entire console freezes. My computer, and any other explorer.exe freezes. Desktop and taskbar dont, if you're wondering.
The entire explorer.exe doesn't officialy "freeze" , as it's still responsive ( 10 seconds after you perform an action )
But here's the main issue. Over the last month and a half, my computer has become increasingly less responsive. Whenever I change windows, wether it be between IE, and MSN, my computer, anything... The newly selected window takes upto 4 seconds now to respond. That's really REALLY annoying while chatting on MSN and you have to retype half your sentance because the [bleep] window hadn't responded yet. Furthermore, the problem has been increasing in frequency and intensity. What started as a bit of lag, is now extreme lag, nearly all the time.
Despite my best efforts, the problem persists. I can however provide you with a few informations right now that you will find usefull.
1- I've run every scan on malware all the way to an anti-rootkit scan. My system is irrevocably clean.
2- I run NOD32 antivirus system
3- No actual firewall, seeing how my Sygate caused me problems 2 months ago, I never really had time to reinstall another one
4- Broadband internet connection, 6mbps. Always connected ( cable )
I keep meticulous care of the system with CCleaner, TuneUP, Ad-aware, spybot and spyware blaster..
I defrag all harddrive partitions nearly every week, I've even acquired a professional defrag program last week to try and fix this, to no avail. ( nice program though, diskeeper )
I keep backups using Norton Ghost. My only problem is that I change the images every 2 weeks, or month. I've deleted the backup I had of a time prior to this lag, because at the time I hadnt noticed that much of a slow-down
Immediate help would be much appreciated. I tried my best and still failed.