*BUMP-Update with more info:
Help! My situation's getting worser and worser every day! By the way, sorry for not mentioning some basic info: I'm on Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); for the hardware specs, if necessary, please search my laptop's model number: VGN-FW560F. Also, I apologize for my inability to make things more concise. I don't know how else I should explain this dilemma!
*My workarounds so far:
Usually, as a workaround, I would update my Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN wireless network ("wifi") card driver whenever I see Windows having "trouble" (see following listed symptoms) utilizing the wifi card. This time, though, the workaround helps for only 2 days (or 2 hard-reboots) before I'm experiencing the madness again right now. I might try to rollback and use the default driver from Microsoft as another workaround, but I might not use it since it's going to have problems with DNS configurations and wouldn't send me to sites properly sometimes, just like long time ago; it feels as if I have some browser-hijacker viruses, but not really.
I believe the problem lies in my corrupt Windows system files/libraries/DLLs that are used as APIs by my wifi card driver, which in turn might be caused by my previous attempt at foolishly experimenting with ComboFix. (May it also be caused by my wifi card hardware? I hope not, though.)
I'm able to use the wifi card fine in Safe Mode, but I believe that's due to the simple functionality of the safe mode driver that doesn't fully expose the wifi card's full capabilities/problems. This is something like what happened when I was using a graphics card with a blown capacitor that would freeze Windows in normal mode, but let Windows go on in Safe Mode, since Safe Mode "barely" used the graphics hardware.
*The symptoms and effects:
This problem's very, very annoying, as it will make the system hog the CPU up to 100% (and, consequently, RAM as well), trying to endlessly set up my laptop's proper wireless networking. It will connect to my existing, healthy network at "limited connectivity," and trying to toggle/diagnose the adapter/driver won't work. Most of the times, it would even freeze up the whole system, even while the system's trying to soft reboot/shut down. It's just like having a mad virus/hardware failure, in that I finally had to do a force shutdown.
***All of my screenshots (ProcessExplorer, etc.) are and will be in this photobucket page:www.photobucket.com/cpuhog
*More side effects:
In addition, aside from corrupted networking functionality:
1. Google Chrome would cause heavy memory leaks/100% CPU hogging when I use Facebook Photos, Google Instant, and other Async. JS & XML (Ajax)-heavy or Flash-heavy Web apps.
2. Converting improper HTMLs to PDFs using Winnovative's HTML2PDF
, converting between video formats, and so on would now produce output files around 10+ times the size of what the same exact software on my machine would produce when it wasn't as corrupt. As a result, it takes way longer to produce output, and the output files would actually have lower qualities/more pixelated. I'm guessing this may be caused by some corrupt Windows files used by .NET frameworks used in most native Windows programs.
So, that's all the details I got for now. Any attempt to help my problem would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance, fellas!
P.S.: I'm writing this in Safe Mode to avoid all the trouble! This sucks.
Edited by nostalgix, 22 May 2011 - 11:15 PM.