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So I have a Toshiba satellite with an i7 processor. It's under a year old and has been working fine until about a month ago. My problem is that no matter what I do with my laptop, whether gaming, browsing, even booting it up, there will be frequent slowdowns to the point where I can't even do anything.

These slowdowns last for roughly 10-15 seconds, but with a devilish frequency that makes using my laptop less than enjoyable at times. I've checked for viruses and malware and removed whatever I could find. Problem persists.

Not sure if it might be a heating problem perhaps. I'd like to know whether there is something I can do, and what exactly is causing my laptop to be like this. Is it permanent damage? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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look if you have overheating issues. Maybe the CPU throttles to avoid damage. – magicandre1981 Dec 25 '12 at 4:55
What does the event log show from a previous time when there was a slowdown? That is probably the first place to look for errors. – jim mcnamara Dec 25 '12 at 5:16
Make sure the CPU fan is spinning. You can usually tell be ear. You can use compressed air to remove dust from the heat sinks. – David Schwartz Dec 25 '12 at 5:18

--> You can use CCleaner to check for any software issue.

--> Look for any unwanted processes using task manager.

--> Check hardware for overheating.

If you find everything normal then I suggest you to format your system.

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