A couple months ago, water got spilled on my PC [Win7]; so naturally I've been assuming that my issues were hardware related.
I suspect now, however, that that may not be the case entirely, as hardware failure shouldn't be temporarily fixed with a reboot or always fail within the same time-frame after said reboots.
The two big issues I am having right now are wireless access point issues and weirdly, my sound muting/failing on me.
The wireless connectivity issue always seems to happen roughly an hour after a reboot or startup; but I haven't ruled out possible overheating as a cause. (Even though, to the touch, the PC and its internal parts are cool to the touch). Things became suspicious when I noticed that there are moments when I can't connect to any other site than Facebook. I can scroll my feed as long as I like, watch the videos, load pictures, start a new Facebook tab and still do all of the above on Facebook, but if I try to load any other website, I get a connection failed redirect. This may be an unrelated incident from the access point issue, as I'll still have an internet connection while I'm experiencing this.
When the access point issue arrives; there seems to be no troubleshooting fix. Disconnecting and reconnecting doesn't work and troubleshooting it just leads to the "Check your wireless access points" dead end. The only fix seems to be a reboot, which seems odd for a hardware issue.
The sound issues are very weird to me; but I'd say that if anything was failed hardware, this probably is. Once every 10-20 minutes, my sound will cut off and the sound icon on the task bar will have an X appear on it. When I click the icon, it immediately runs the "Detecting/Resolving problems" windows and it fixes itself. Again, 10-20 minutes later, it will fail again and I have to keep repeating this over and over.
Whether or not any or all of this is malware related is unclear; but it's suspect enough to ask.