Windows 7x64 Pro, Dell Inspiron 1749, first gen. Core i5, 8GB RAM, and an SSD. I did a clean install on Windows 4 months ago, and I keep my system clean. Two days ago I created a 25 MB PowerPoint 2013 file (lots of pictures). It takes the machine maybe 10 seconds to save the file, which is comparatively very sluggish. I figured that is probably just because of the file size--but just to check, I opened System Resources. With all programs CLOSED and the laptop at idle (doing exactly nothing), disk access is very high, as is network traffic. ???? I reboot, and it does the exact same thing. Is that right/normal?
I ran Microsoft Security Essentials, and it found nothing. I uninstalled MSE and installed Webroot, ran it, and it also found nothing. What is causing the high disk and network access issues? Thanks.