Posted 28 January 2006 - 02:48 PM
There are few things in the computer world more frustrating than a program that refuses to run, except maybe having a child trying to use a program that refuses to run.
Background processes generally aren't a problem, but it would help if you could tell us a little more about the computer: processor, ram, hard drive, os, etc. Also, when you do ctrl-alt-del, go to task manager and look at the processes tab, how much cpu utilization is showing and what are some of the more resource intensive processes running?
Now for the big question, do you have up to date antivirus and antispyware software? If so have you run a thorough scan on the system? If you have some little malware program running, that would cause problems.