A few months ago I decided to try out Agnitum Outpost free firewall after using ZA Free for many years.
I did not like it.
So, I uninstalled it and put ZA back on.
Immediately I began to have problems with slow booting of Win7.
Some of the start-up programs seemed to freeze when loading.
I ran the Agnitum complete removal tool with no relief from the problem.
I assumed that it was a driver conflict.
I still think that’s what it was.
I scanned many times each with AVG, Malwarebytes and Housecall.
No maleware was found on any of the scans.
This went on for 2 to 3 months.
Then the other day, I made 8 DVD-R coasters in a row from Sony discs that had done quite nicely for the first 75 discs or so.
I finally had had enough of it and decided to do a clean install of Win7.
Then, I found an image I had made of the last clean install after all of the basic drivers and main programs had been applied.
After fumbling around for awhile making and installing backups of e-mail, desktop and other things, I got it installed.
Win7 loads efortlessly no startups hang, and I have burned several DVDs since with not one coaster being made.
All burns since have been of good quality as usual per Nero’s DiscSpeed/ScanDisc.
Anyone heard of a damaged OS or a firewall driver conflict causing bad burns?