OK, I have 100% had enough of this issue. I have just bought a new hard drive because i think the one's in my computer right now are causeing this issue. However, Im probably wrong, because my computer doesnt lock up and i dont hear the hard drives spinning down. so here's the problem, and what i have learned so far. after about 2 -3 minutes of logging into windows> When i click on ANY file (which opens with an exe)> 1) Mouse cursor does the "busy" motion" 2) Hard drives click away 3) the program even appears in task manager (under processes but not under the window list) and it looks like its running. If this is music, the music doesnt play. So i assume that even if programs begin running, they arn't doing anything. I can however use everything PERFECTLY that i have already opened within the first few minutes of it not being "broke" (hence, this thread ) Ive tried fixing my EXE's, and thats not the problem. I cant open things like task manager Im sure this isnt the work of a virus, but i could be wrong. Even if it was, Im very very very careful with my computer and i havent had a virus for years. I read in one thread that this could be due to a random windows update bug. Any light on this would be appreciated. Oh. I have reformatted already and it went away and has come back again. Edit: if i open CMD, it just blinks away and doesnt goto a default location. When i try to close it, it stops responding. I noticed that multiple "ping.exe" are running in the background. Disappearing and comming back. OK, surprisingly hijackthis installed after the breaktime aswell. But i just ran it and got a weird error. Wil try again now. Everything seems to work fine in safemode. When i startup without any startup items enabled, everything seems fine... hmmm... right, I think it might be azureus. Going to look into it Ok, I am almost positive that this is an issue with Vuze/azureus. Ive ran perfectly for 2 hours now without turning vuze on. Ok ive solved my own problem it seems. Ive reinstalled azureus and everything it working now. Thanks guys. me.