Rather than freezing after opening a browser (and having disconnection issues - which has since been A LOT better after my old thread), my laptop has been freezing right after my desktop loads. It doesn't seem like Network Services is causing the freezing now.
Once the desktop loads, and I try to click on something a tab/browser will pop up but will not load, and the mouse arrow turns into that circular loading symbol. The screen will eventually be whited out (hard to describe - it's not completely white and blank, it's almost like a translucent sheet has been placed over the screen/desktop) and the mouse arrow will remain the loading symbol. IF I press Ctrl + Alt + Del before the whited out screen, the screen will eventually go completely black. I have no choice but to manually shut down.
The laptop works fine in Safe Mode with Networking Services (which I'm using now). The confusing thing to this is that it only freezes sometimes, and not with every Normal startup. I currently only have Sony VAIO Assistant and a couple chat programs like AIM and MSN disabled in Services and Startup.