Everything temporarily freezes at various times throughout day. Why, and what can I do to fix it?

Even the mouse freezes in place.  Given that my system has seen pretty decent upgrades, this just doesn't make sense to me.  Any explanations welcome!
CanadianJeffAsked:
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cwstad2Commented:
You could check the disk and see if there is an unusual amout of disk activity. If that is ok you could try and update the chipset software.
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CanadianJeffAuthor Commented:
Thanks cwstad2... now I just have to ask, how do I determine the amount of disk activity?  And, then, how do I also update the chipset software?  That's for my i7-2600k or my BIOS, you mean?  Sorry, I'm hardly an expert myself....
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cwstad2Commented:
There are a couple of ways you can do it via counters in perfmon or simply do ctrl alt delete. start task manager then click on performance then rssource monitor click on the disk tab and you should be able to check the values there. by chipset i mean like ASUS M5A78L-M USB3 With AMD 760 Chipset. So go to the vendor website and update, you can get the chipset + bios updates form there. Hope this helps.
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yaro137Commented:
If everything freezes you may have problems with performance counters as well. I would test the hard drive for errors with something like HD Tune. Is it possible that it's overheating? Remove the side panel and see if it keeps freezing. Scan the OS with Malwarebytes to make sure it's not infected. Was any new card added recently if so the PSU man not be up to the job.
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CanadianJeffAuthor Commented:
When I look at my processes, etc., via CTRL-ALT-DEL, this is what I see after almost 21 hours running, but I will add that I've shut down almost everything before doing this test, etc.  So, what shows up is:  49 processes running.  55% of RAM available.  About 75% available in the page file.  It says my Processor Usage ranges between 3% and 30%, bouncing mostly between 5-15.  It also says my Memory Usage is 2.4GB.  And I have 8 GB of RAM in the system, besides my video card (1 GB).  So, I don't really understand the freezing.  I guess if I run more programs like I normally do, maybe that will cause the slowdowns as well.  I should test when that is the case.

Performance Counters?  You mean programs that monitor performance, they might be causing the slowdown?  The main HD is an SSD.  I believe I've tested them all for errors, but I'll go through that process again, to make sure.  Overheating, hmmm.  I'll try removing the side panel.  And I'll grab Malwarebytes as well.  No new card recently, nope on that one....
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yaro137Commented:
Didn't mean they'll cause any slowdowns although it depends partly on what counters and how many of them you run at a time. What I meant was that if everything freezes the counters will most likely freeze as well. For SSD you may want to look for Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox
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cwstad2Commented:
Hi Jeff, did you try the driver update
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CanadianJeffAuthor Commented:
I've run Malwarebytes, and it found over 20 trojans etc., (many of them duplicates, because I'd backed up particular items on duplicate drives), so that should help.  I'm just trying it now with those quarantined, and while I've experienced a couple of mouse freezes, it hasn't seemed as bad.

@yaro137:  The Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox monitors the main SSD drive and will tell me how it's performing, is that correct?

@cwstad2:  I've looked, and I'm having trouble locating it.  I've found one that's the same board, but a 3rd Gen, whereas mine is I think a 2nd Gen board.  I don't understand why I can't seem to locate it right on ASUS site.  But I'll try to get some time aside to do that today or tomorrow, because I get the impression that could help a lot.... yes??

Thanks!
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cwstad2Commented:
Hi Jeff it wont hurt to keep everything up to date. keep me posted
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CanadianJeffAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your patience.  I have had a period of time where my work has demanded my full attention, but I will have some time this afternoon to address the answers, award the points, and close the question.
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CanadianJeffAuthor Commented:
I'm awarding points as is.  A few questions I posed weren't ever answered.  I'm still having a heck of a time locating the updated BIOS settings link from ASUS.  

The Malwarebytes suggestion helped a great deal with the multiple trojans I had, and seemed to resolve much of the problem.  However, the problem is back, and there don't appear to be any meet-the-eye resolutions to this point.  There was some very good advice, though.
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