Originally Posted by iridehorses
That would eliminate a slow internet connection and point to the possibility of a virus type program running in the background. Just because your sys tray looks the same doesn't mean that there isn't something else that attached itself to your computer while you were visiting a site.
How long since you've done a Disk Cleanup or Defrag? How long since a deep virus scan (not just a quick scan)?
It wouldn't be a virus because it wouldn't attack only offline processes. Viri don't work that way. If they're programmed to stop videos, they won't pick or choose, offline or online, they'll get started on whatever they were being programmed to do. Not many viri makers attack offline processes solely, it just doesn't happen. A viri maker does it for the purpose of causing as much problems as they can, without being detected. Not to mention, you'd have other issues attached with a viri if it were to be there, CPU hogging, RAM hogging, etc.