Been a long time lurker here, and love the entire idea of this forum - Much respect for giving up your free time to help out the less computer literate free. Very cool.
Initially, I wasn't going to post, just try a bunch of different solutions / scans / etc...but I haven't been able to find anything, and the problem has persisted - And today, looking through my event logs, started to get a little worried and decided I should turn to a pro.
So here's whats going on: As of about 2-3 days ago, my computer (1 year old, HP, 6700k, mainly stock everything but HD - Toshiba OCZ rd400 m.2), my pc started acting up. First thing I noticed was loading chrome, which was fine, but any of the usual tabs I would go to wouldn't load, or would take MINUTES...instead of seconds. After trying tens of sites, I gave up on that. I opened edge, and it worked fine.
I also tried just forgetting about it, and opened steam up to play a new game I had just got, Shadow Warrior. I launched it, and literally as soon as the screen went black to boot, everything froze. I have 3 monitors, so the other two were showing my desktop still. But nothing was responding. Cntl+Alt+Del didn't work, alt+f4 didn't work, it was a full blown hang. Hadn't had one of those I don't think ever on this PC. So I hard reset the machine. When it restarted, I tried chrome again, and it worked. BUT, I also remembered I had installed a STUPID extension the day before, GIMP for chrome, and uploaded a PDF from the game "The Black Watchman", and tried editting it. When I Couldn't do it easy enough, I moved on, but left the extension in tact.
The reason I remembered this was I also went into my chrome settings to try clearing cookies/cache etc...But the settings looked different than I remembered. First, I was no longer signed in with my usual Google account, but "Person 1"; my google account wasn't even present. 2nd, I Wasn't even able to sign into google, just kept giving me bad passwords. At that point, I Got a little nervous thinking maybe the extension was a hijacker or keylogger or virus, whatever, and I had given up all my passwords (cycled through about 10 passwords I use for everything).
All that aside, I deleted the extension fine. I ran Norton (I have the Suite comcast gives free with monthly service), but I also ran MalwareBytes premium (which I also had just installed as a trial, and still have like 5 days on, but always had the non-premium version), windows defender scan, and lastly the MalwareBytes AdwCleaner.
None came up with anything - AdwCleaner actually did, but it didn't seem to be anything too serious, but I let it delete everything regardless. Today, I ran everything again, and dint find anything.
But looking through my event viewer logs, I see all sorts of stuff that troubled me, specifically under admin and security. "Special Logon" happens ALOT in the last 3 days, along with security group management, and user account management. Also, lots of VSS, windows error reporting, Itel RMT, ESENT, Security-SPP, LoadPerf, SideBySide, etc in application.
Lastly, looked for the error 41 you mentioned in other posts, and found a few of them, although not too many, maybe 3-4 in the last few days. FAound a ton of 11, 15, 16 (kernel-general), 7045 (service control manager), 35 (time service), 22 (powerservice)...but mostly information. Like "reorganized", "provisioned", etc. A few errors, 10016, distributedCom, which was app sepcific permission don't grand local activation for com server app with CLSID.
Sorry if this way too much unncessary info, just in the past I've been extremely paranoid about remote access, specifically hackers, so I think that's always in the back of my head that its going on, which I'm pretty sure I'm just making up.
Anyway, ready to run whatever necessary, and with the weekend, QUICKLY, to get my machine back running smoothly without doing a full wipe! One thing to note: The issues don't seem to happen EVERY time, but like 3/5 at most. I just reboot, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Thanks again for all your help in advance, and having this amazing service available in the first place!