I recently built a new computer. I'm still using the hard drive from my old computer, but have reformatted and installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. The computer has worked fine for a few months now, but just a few days ago I started getting that "Aw, snap..." message in Chrome. It happened when I would look at lots of pictures (looking for a vehicle online) at first, but then Chrome just started crashing randomly and often. I tried creating a new profile, updated flash and disable Chrome's built in flash, deleted the browser, and even downloaded and installed it again. No dice. I finally gave up on Chrome, and downloaded Firefox, but I'm having the same problems with it. Sometimes I get an error message from the browsers, but a few times I've gotten a blue crash screen, and my computer restarts.
This morning I was fed up with it. I didn't think it was a virus, because the computer was working fine as long as I wasn't using a browser. I finally tried a scan with Security Essentials. I usually have AVG installed, but decided not to go with it this time around (this build). First off, MSE wouldn't let me update the database. I thought that was odd, but I tried a scan anyway. Almost immediately real-time protection was turned off and the scan failed. I tried again, but this time I got a blue screen. I tried to boot the computer up again in safe mode, but I couldn't even get back into Windows. I tried the repairs, including the repairs from the CD, but nothing worked, so I had to reformat and reload everything. I figured it was a virus, and reformatting was the last thing I really wanted to do, but I had no choice. This time I installed AVG, and I thought I was done with it.
I've barely done anything to the fresh install. I've only installed Chrome, Peazip, Silverlight, and my Nvidia drivers. I haven't even loaded my Asus tools yet, but I'm already having the same problem again. Only this time I've tested IE too, and I'm getting the same problems with it as well. I've already gotten a few blue screens today. I can't watch Netflix or any flash based video. Sometimes If I do get a video to play, I can't control things like the volume slider on the video player. Similarly, at times, when I log into my email, I can't click to log back out. Also, I got messages while extracting Peazip, AVG, and Silverlight (maybe Chrome too) that the files were corrupt and could not be extracted. The second go worked on all of them, except Silverlight, which took several tries. Sorry, but I don't remember the exact messages. My gut is telling me this is a virus, but I would have thought reformatting would get rid of it. Am I crazy? Is this my hard drive or something?
Thanks in advance for the help.