I noticed yesterday that my computer was running slow and a huge % of the processor was being used when nothing much was happening. When I tried running my audio program (cubase) the computer really struggled and the sound was breaking up. I closed the program and did a few searches to identify the problem. The first response was to do a virus/malware check, so I did, but my computer just started shutting down about 1/3 of the way through the check. It will start up again OK, but if I try another scan it closes down.
Firstly, I restored my system to point around 10 days ago when everything was running OK, but the scan problem still prevailed.
I then did a disk cleanup, and deleted temp files, temp internet files, program downloads, and the recycle bin. Problem was still there.
I then attempted a disk error check, however the computer shut down half way through this process as well.
I am really stuck as to what to try next. I have no idea if this is a hardware or software/virus issue. My computer will start up and run for a while, but then the Processor use gets very high again, and it's impossible to run most programs. It will then automatically power down.
Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
I have included some specs below:
Intel i3 processor
1TB HDD C: 320GB with OS E: file storage
Windows 7 Ultimate
Avast Free Home antivirus