As of this morning, I've noticed that my Windows 7 PC is hanging on the "Welcome" screen, with the blue circle spinning indefinitely. I have tried to start it three times with the same result. It will, however, boot into safe mode. Starting as far back as a few months ago, I noticed that at random, when loading websites using Firefox, it would hang completely, during which time the mouse was totally unresponsive and I had to power the system off. I thought at first it may have been an issue with Firefox plugins, but they are all up to date. Not sure if these two issues are related.
I'm pretty sure this is not malware related. I have Kaspersky Internet Security, a paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, anti-exploit, and Hitman Pro. I am very conscientious about security. The only other thing I can think of is that my graphics driver is about 18 months old, but not sure if that'd cause the system to do what it is.
The OS files are on a 232 GB SSD, which is at 5% fragmentation; I was told not to defrag it since it's a SSD. It has about 80 GB of free space left. I also have a 1 TB hard drive for storage. They system is about 1.5 years old and was custom built. Below are the specs...
Windows 7 Home Edition, 64-bit
AMD Radeon R290x video card
AMD FX-8320 eight-core processor
8 GB RAM
232 GB SSD
1 TB HDD
Any assistance is appreciated.