Operating System: Windows 7 Untimate - 64 bit
System Specs: 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 processor, 3 GB RAM, 1 TB HD
Recent intermittent problem seems to be browser related (I use Firefox almost exclusively - current version is 72.0.2). I can't associate it with anything except it seems to occur several minutes after I open a Web page where I've not been before. I do check new sites before visiting with Webutation to make sure they are safe.
The HD light comes on steadily and the system slows so that it looks like games and such are running in slow motion. I try to close the browser and it freezes for several minutes. Can't open Task Manager right away, but will open eventually. Everything looks normal there.
Also, when this happens and I try to shut down, there is a black screen that flashed for an instant that looks like it says "Waiting for background programs to close". So something is running which the Task Manager doesn't indicate. When this situation happens it takes a lot longer than usual to shut down.
Any idea what's going on?