My first thought was that i had a virus,so i ran scans with AVG, CC Cleaner, Spyware Terminator. some problems were found and terminated but the problem is still here. My computer was bought at a computer market with a OEM version of windows XP(SP2) and i do not have the XP disk for a full factory restore, i do however have license key. It took a while but my files are all backed up. I have also checked all the running processes and there was nothing dodgy found
Another thought is that the hard drive is corrupt?, so perhaps replacing the hard drive will fix the problem?
Any help in the right direction will be appreciated, apologies if i have made a noob/common thread.