I am having some issues with my Windows 8.1 laptop. If I am searching for something online, or if I just want to open a document, I get a message at the top of the screen saying something like this application is not responding. After a few rapid clicks, the program will eventually open, but I have noticed that over time the problem has gotten worse. Even as I am typing this message, the words appear on the screen a few seconds after I have finished typing them. I have run AVG, Spybot and the ESET online scan. I currently use Zone Alarm as a firewall. AVG and Spybot were not able to pick up anything. ESET found and removed three threats, but after a restart the system is still acting the same. I read that some of the problems that I am experiencing could be due to a failing hard drive. I performed the Windows built in error checking on the C drive, but nothing negative came up after the scan was finished. If you can, I would please like some help resolving these issues.
Thank you for your time.