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Okay, so I'm experiencing major computer slowdown. Things are taking 5x as long to load, especially games and games themselves are running at about half the speed they used to just yesterday.
I haven't downloaded anything new over the time, but some time during the day, I had an issue where the computer went to shut off the monitor, but screwed up and the monitor came back on, all of my desktop icons disappeared and some "presentation settings" were activated. Since then, I've been noticing the slowdown, but I checked presentation settings and they're off, my desktop icons have since been restored and for some reason, now the presentation mode icon shows up in the taskbar and disappears each startup.
I have Trend Micro Antivirus and I've already done a quick scan, which only turned up with cookies needing deleted.
I also defragmented my hard drive, deleted all temporary files, cleared my internet cache, made sure my graphics card driver was up to date, updated Windows, installed Vista Service Pack 2 and even tried turning off both Xfire and my antivirus software during games.
So far, the only consistent problem I've noticed is that no matter the game, when I launch it, my CPU ends up maxed at 100% and the game lags. However, when outside of games, it maxes at about 9% and most things work fine with some load times having been increased. RAM stays consistent with where it should be.
Just to give you an idea of how bad it is, here are my system specs:
Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
2.13 GHz Dual Core Processor
nVidia GeForce 9800M GS
4 GB RAM
and WolfTeam lags! WOLFTEAM!!! Clocked at 100% CPU usage!
I'll try doing a full scan with the antivirus software tonight. I don't know if it'll turn anything up though.