Recently Windows has been hanging a little after closing Firefox and/or Windows Live Mail. For example, if I close Firefox or WM (Windows Mail) and click on the Start button or anything for that matter Windows will hang maybe 2 seconds before it loads it. It didn't used to do this. I've ran anti virus/spyware programs (Which returned no real threats) and Ccleaner. I've defragmented and ran check disk too so my files should be clean and in order for quick access. I actually recently had to reinstall Windows XP (32bit) so it's a pretty fresh install. As far as I know the drivers and whatnot should be up-to-date too. As for the game, it's particulary only one as I notice lags in a certain way that never had before. It's America's Army and every so often I will get this lag that will last for a few seconds and just go away. It will make the game real sluggish but only for about 4 or so seconds but gets quite annoying as this didn't used to happen before. I've tried system restore to go back to a point where I didn't think it had been doing this but none of the restore points were available for some reason and the one it did let me restore to didn't help. I don't notice any processes running that look suspicious or that shouldn't be running. I've also noticed the past few times I boot up and while loading windows my mouse will freeze for just a second which is also not normal.
I do have my CPU, ram and video card over clocked but I know this isn't the reason for my problems since they've been like that for quite some time and I've ran Prime95 for long periods of time without problems. I did recently increase my Pagefile size in windows to 3070MB from the default...
Does anyone have any ideas what might be causing these little hangs after closing Firefox/Windows Live Mail and the reoccuring lag in the game? Because I have a feeling the two problems are connected in some way. Your advice and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
Hijackthis log file:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:59:16 PM, on 11/16/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal