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Laptop stalling / CPU overload

My laptop is currently stalling and freezing temporarily, mainly because it seems like the CPU is running at 100% or thereabouts when actually nothing is going on.

I've seen this happen before when a rogue application starts using up all of the CPU. However, what Task Manager says is responsible for the usage is simple applications like Explorer, my antivirus (McAfee), or Task Manager itself.

After turning the computer off for a long while, it seems to operate fine, but then it just happens again after being active for a while.

I've tried searching for adware and spyware, as well as running antivirus searches over and over again.

Any ideas?

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Sometimes the best solution is to save to disk the important things and just reinstall everything. 

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