posted on Sep, 8 2010 @ 06:19 PM
UPDATE to all, and a great big thanks, again, for all the help and suggestions:
Identified the culprit....it was a pesky program that was apparently installed by the laptop manufacturer (Acer), that must have went "rogue"
First, in Task Manager I found it, as it was occupying the entire CPU resources...(99%).
Then Googling, seems it has a history of causing problems. It's "GtZiAcer.EXE" It has a 'brother' "GtZgAcer.EXE" that comes up on searches.
Made by "Dritek System Inc", or so they tell me.
It was loaded into my Program Files/Launch Manager folder....removed, no adverse effects, just pure, normal performance restored!!
SO, again, to all I valued the input/output (little joke!) and found that the recommendations were outstanding.
I'm now a fan of "ccleaner", "malwarebytes" and especially, "soluto". Good programs, and best of all...free.