Within the last week, Google Chrome would start hanging when I attempted to use it. The bottom bar would mention the cache. Googling the issue indicated that there was an issue where the cache could become corrupt. Clearing the cache did nothing for me, so I gave up on it and moved over to Firefox. ... Firefox and IE exhibit the same issues.
So I move onto possibilities of malware. I run scans with several malware tools, virus scans, and they all will hang for a period before resuming. As will Windows Explorer.
So last night, I put Memtest on a USB stick, fire it up and let it run overnight. Bottom message this morning indicates that it completed, no issues found. I'm letting it run all day today just to be sure.
Is there anything else I can try before popping in the system restore disk (for the 3rd time) and nuking the system from orbit? If it still persists, I suppose I'll call it a hardware issue and start working the phones with Cyberpower.
To what Pyperkub said, the recent update to Firefox actually disabled Java. Sites that need it started erring on me. Though not like what you were seeing. Instead they would throw a Java error telling me I needed to install the right version of Java.
I ended up just enabling the Java plugin in Firefox.
But I didn't have any issues in Chrome, so it's probably unrelated.
Isgrimnur wrote:The Kaspersky thing failed with an error almost immediate after I tried to put it on a USB drive.
So It's a scorched earth way forward and we'll try it again from scratch.
Are you sure that your flash drive was formatted to use FAT32 and not NTFS? If you're unsure how to format the flash drive using diskpart, the HP Flash Utility makes it very simple. Failing that, you're probably better off simply burning it to a disc (assuming you have a burner, that is).
Here's another quick idea: try scanning your system with the portable SUPERAntiSpyware scanner (it saves under a random filename so that malware infections are unable to block the scanner).
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