I have a relatively new Windows 7 laptop (Gateway NV79).
Inexplicably, all browsers on the machine periodically freeze-up for 10-20 seconds while browsing common popular sites - Gmail, Facebook, Amazon, stackoverflow, ...
I initially had Firefox. When the problems started I uninstalled it and installed Safari.
Amazingly the problem remained.
I decided to remove Safari and fallback to the original IE 8. No luck. Same problem!!
Tried disabling plug-ins, no luck.
Scanned for adware, malware, viruses, nothing found.
I don't want to reinstall Windows except as an extreme last resort (I have a fully configured Eclipse environment that's a pain to setup again from scratch).
What's causing this? Please help!! All ideas appreciated.