Lately I've been having a problem with any internet browser I use, either taking a -long- time to load pages and locking up the whole computer while loading or not loading pages at all/crashing. The only thing I can seem to do is move my mouse, and even sometimes that's not even working for a few moments. If I click on the window or try to click any buttons on the browser (like the X for instance or a new tab) the program is listed as not responding.
Firefox seems to eventually load the pages and everything is fine again, until the web page changes. IE however, freezes entirely and no amount of time lets it load pages. I have to spend forever and a day waiting for my task manager to come up to end the process just to get it to shut down and release control of my system.
I'm running Windows Vista 64-bit. I've run every kind of virus/malware/spyware cleaner I can think of (cleaned out a couple trojans and a worm but those weren't the source of the problem) I use Avast! free version, and even with it's shields off I still get this freezing/lagging so that's not the source either. I've also defragged with windows' tool and a 3rd party tool (Defraggler). Also I've tried re-installing both browsers, disabling my add-on's in firefox one by one (none installed on IE), and clearing the cache and cookies.
I've even had an IT friend try to help me out with all the cleaning of junk from my PC and tried repairing via the start-up CD and memory tests, none of those had any problems to report.
Also on another note, I don't think it's hardware either, since everything not having to do with an internet browser runs perfectly fine and lag-less, even high end games.
Does anyone have any idea what's going on?
Edited by MythicalArcher, 20 May 2010 - 03:02 PM.