Essentially, there are a number of things that will kill my computer in the following way. I'll be doing something in a program, and that program will start to use around 50% of my CPU. If I kill that program using Task Manager, the CPU Usage will go to normal temporarily until I click into some other programs. It appears that AIM and WinAmp, probably among others, will not accept the 50% CPU Usage, but if I click into other programs, that program will begin to use 50% CPU. Often, this persists until I restart the computer. As I restart, the usage seems to have no problem going into any program whatsoever.
So I'm stumped, Metallica's stumped, there's a lot of stumpage going on here. We tried a number of solutions in that previous thread and none of them were ultimately successful. Please help in any way ya can.