uninstalled AVG antivirus and replaced with Avast and updated the definitions file and performed a full system scan with no resulting infection.
installed Auslogics BoostSpeed program, which appears to be working just fine.
Installed zone alarm, free version, which appears to be working fine.
installed Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which is working fine, and in fact is being used to create this post.
Installed Skype, which does function, however I suspect that Skype is the root of the problem.
I have also recently updated my flash player.
I am using Windows XP home edition service pack three on a Dell Inspiron 1520 with 4 GB of RAM, and a dual core with T7250@2.00GHz
I would appreciate any assistance or insight that anyone may have regarding this issue.
Edited by neutrino2009, 05 July 2010 - 01:28 AM.