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How can I find malware the regular programs cannot find

Last Modified: 2015-04-21
Something is slowing my computer to a crawl at time.  My chief suspects are Mozilla and flash.  For the last month flash crashes regularly, so much that I can rarely stream my talk radio stations.  I have the latest.  But it also occurs at other times, the computer will start crawling.  I unplug from the internet and that seems to help at times.  I have run numerous scanners (I currently have Norton as my main antivirus.  but I have done combofix, malbyteware.  Also did the rescue CD from Kalpersky and AVG where you boot to their CDs.  Have also done rootkit scans.  I have removed all older server software and other software that could be loading resident and causing a problem.

I thought firefox was the main culprit, but this morning I tried IE and am having similar issues.  I know an i3 processor is not that great, but this is getting ridiculous.  Even while typing this I have had to wait several times for the words to appear. Only thing open is this window in IE and Outlook.

We read about how outsiders are planting malware deep in our computers, is there anyway for us to find these ourselves?

Sony Vaio, Intel Core i3-2370 @ 2.4GHz  4 GB mem   64 bit Win 7 Prol
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