This has been ongoing for a long time but I finally decided I should do something about it once and for all. (I've followed some recs on here before but either was unable to fully follow through or just never solved the issues).
I can't seem to pinpoint a cause, it sometimes happens when waking from sleep but has happened randomly with regular use with no consistency. I have gone the span of months without it but have also had it occur multiple times in a week. Last time it occurred was maybe within the past 2-3 weeks.
I am using a desktop PC (custom built), OS is Windows 7. All the parts are a little over 1 year old so I don't suspect it's hardware related.
I have Microsoft security essentials and Malwarebytes.
Happy to give more specs if needed, just not sure what's relevant.
Other small details that make me suspicious of some type of malware are (and again, not sure if relevant):
- Windows recently telling me I may be a victim of software counterfeiting (I'm running a legally obtained version of windows)
- Windows explorer randomly not responding then restarting
- Microsoft Security Essentials not fully starting on startup (have to manually start from the taskbar)
Please advise, and thank you in advance.