1) Here's the Process Explorer log:
Process PID CPU Private Bytes Working Set Description Company Name
System Idle Process 0 96.08 0 K 16 K
Interrupts n/a 0.98 0 K 0 K Hardware Interrupts
DPCs n/a 0 K 0 K Deferred Procedure Calls
System 4 0 K 88 K
smss.exe 428 176 K 64 K Windows NT Session Manager Microsoft Corporation
csrss.exe 652 1,564 K 2,060 K Client Server Runtime Process Microsoft Corporation
winlogon.exe 676 7,872 K 1,284 K Windows NT Logon Application Microsoft Corporation
services.exe 720 0.98 1,840 K 1,880 K Services and Controller app Microsoft Corporation
svchost.exe 888 3,080 K 1,848 K Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation
svchost.exe 984 1,868 K 1,880 K Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation
svchost.exe 1100 13,876 K 14,688 K Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation
svchost.exe 1196 1,724 K 1,904 K Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation
svchost.exe 1328 1,628 K 1,696 K Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation
AvastSvc.exe 1560 14,120 K 28,632 K avast! Service AVAST Software
spoolsv.exe 300 3,948 K 1,772 K Spooler SubSystem App Microsoft Corporation
svchost.exe 1288 1,404 K 1,284 K Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation
jqs.exe 1340 2,364 K 1,396 K Java Quick Starter Service Sun Microsystems, Inc.
svchost.exe 1668 2,632 K 2,216 K Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation
alg.exe 2452 1,264 K 1,036 K Application Layer Gateway Service Microsoft Corporation
lsass.exe 732 3,848 K 540 K LSA Shell (Export Version) Microsoft Corporation
explorer.exe 1492 0.98 27,384 K 20,740 K Windows Explorer Microsoft Corporation
ctfmon.exe 1568 1,132 K 864 K CTF Loader Microsoft Corporation
AvastUI.exe 1732 5,988 K 6,420 K avast! Antivirus AVAST Software
CDAuto.exe 1752 2,224 K 908 K
soundman.exe 1760 2,132 K 1,656 K Realtek Sound Manager Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Skype.exe 1768 26,248 K 18,928 K Skype Skype Technologies S.A.
skypePM.exe 608 16,280 K 4,796 K Skype Extras Manager Skype Technologies
firefox.exe 1640 151,612 K 146,724 K Firefox Mozilla Corporation
plugin-container.exe 232 18,084 K 11,556 K Plugin Container for Firefox Mozilla Corporation
explorer.exe 2968 14,260 K 21,824 K Windows Explorer Microsoft Corporation
WINZIP32.EXE 1368 3,088 K 7,584 K WinZip Executable Nico Mak Computing, Inc.
procexp.exe 1748 0.98 8,648 K 13,800 K Sysinternals Process Explorer Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com
2) Taskmanager shows 29 processes from all users.
3) I did try using the + or [b]-[/] key in BIOS but all it did was move the cursor up/down or sideways. Nevertheless, since I've set the date/time from system tray, should that not be enough?
4) The EVEREST Report shows only the following:
Sensor Type HDD
CPU 21 °C (70 °F)
Seagate ST380215A 50 °C (122 °F)
Are you telling me or asking if the HDD is running hot. I have no idea what temperature is OK. I'm located in Mumbai, India where the temperature is about 34C. Having said that, two days ago there was a sudden cool wave and skype ran happily for over 45 minutes and did not freeze. But also consider that this issue started after I changed the CMOS battery. Around the same time I also updated Windows XP from SP2 to SP3 (not sure if that's related).
I will be online for the next hour. So I'll reply only tomorrow.
Thanks once more.