Greetings, lovely people.
I'm running Windows 7. Within the last couple of weeks, the computer started running really badly. It will sometimes just churn away not doing what I want (when all I was trying to do was open Word or Firefox) for 5 minutes or more. Most of the time it eventually sort itself out and run fairly well for awhile...but with frequent smaller pauses. It hasn't been completely crashing, but it's driving me crazy.
I don't have any major programs running in the background--I try to keep that crap to a minimum. I ran rkill and Malwarebytes, but it found nothing suspicious, and I've seen no other signs of malware either. I updated Windows.
Could anyone recommend next steps to me for figuring out what's wrong?