I've got a desktop running Win7 as well as the wife's laptop. Browser of choice is Firefox though I've had issues with IE, too.
It seems lately my desktop has had an issue with playing random audio clips, sometimes music, but mostly ads. Nothing pops up and the Processes tab in Taskmgr doesn't show anything different. There's no rhyme or reason to the audio content playing. It's definitely streaming media; when I'm doing a lot on the web it's very choppy. It seems to be more frequent when I'm trying to listen to music with WMP. Or maybe it just seems that way because that's when it's the most frustrating... Iunno. Anywho.
On top of that, my web connection has gone from "decent" to "I want to shoot my computer," with pages taking forever to load, and many, many "problem loading page" errors and partially loaded pages. My wife's having the same issue on her laptop, and even my PS3 and smartphone are affected by the poor connectivity The laptop running Win7 and Droid Pro both on WiFi, PS3 and desktop are connected by ethernet cable. Never thought I'd see the day when WiFi was one-upped by 3G!
It may or may not be related but trying to stream media over DLNA/Media Server over either the phone or PS3 is no longer working, either. I've reverted back to primitive USB connections to transfer stuff. I can browse the media on the PS3 (phone won't see anything) but if I try to open something, the media server stops running outright.
In terms of any unusual activity on my end, the only thing I can think of is that I had a fit of boredom and poor judgement and fired up Steam last weekend and played a bit of Counter-Strike.
I've got ESET Smart Security, and have run numerous scans with that (no firewall related notifications, mind you) to no avail. Same with Spybot, Malwarebytes, and presently I'm giving McAfee Stinger a go. Aside from that I've run Crap Cleaner once again (it's scheduled to run weekly) for good measure, but as anticipated, nothing came of that.
All these issues may or may not be related, but they all definitely showed up at once. If there's any other info you need, by all means ask. I might be a bit slow on the response due to the craptastic connection and working on another project here...
Edit: Also, Firefox frequently crashes upon opening and usually takes several attempts to get open. Again, may or may not be related, just adding to the heap of troubles!
Edited by Cratti, 20 January 2012 - 03:22 PM.