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  1. Yes, I have a backup. I regularly clean my cache, cookies, temp, etc...using CCleaner, and clear browsing data from my chrome. Passwords are secure(not online anywhere). Will post back soon.
  2. Thanks for the fast response. As I do eBay, and can't afford NOT to have my PC up, I try to limit my re-boots(I've had some BSOD's in the past). I will post back after my next reboot and 'dust bunny' canned air clean up.
  3. You can rename the title, and maybe outline the steps you want to take? It's almost dinner time here, so I'm signing off until tomorrow.
  4. Thanks for offering to help update my system. What should I make the subject...something like 'For AdvancedSetup'?
  5. Whoops, spoke too soon, the bad sound has returned, and PCI/PCI-e bandwidth usage has gone up to 1.82%, after about a day of good sound. I've got web protection turned off again.
  6. Been about 4 hours with good sound and no system slow down or lock-up. Looks like the latest update fixed the issue. Thanks Technos!
  7. Just downloaded the current update(7-13-20) to version package 1.0.26779 component package 1.0.979. Turned Web Protection back on(been off for about 4 months). After 30 mins(before bad sound would start within 10 mins), I'm having good sound, and my PCI/PCI-e bandwidth usage is way down to about .04%. I'm going to play audio for a few hours and post back with results later.
  8. How's the security with Edge? Stand-alone, does it offer the same protection as my Chrome with all my extensions? Or, would I need to add some?
  9. Ah, so then, it's not the Web Protection, by itself, that's causing the bad sound. it's a combination of high bandwidth using programs?
  10. Oh, yeah, I remember those days, when one had to set the IRQ settings on your motherboard to get devices/drives to work together...fun times. So, we think that this is a PCI/PCI-e bandwidth issue? Sounds very possible. When did Malwarebytes start including Web Protection with Malwarebytes Premium? Was it with the update in Feb 2020? If so, then that's the issue, as before Feb 2020, I used to be able to have all my programs running, playing audio, playing video, all with no problem. No, haven't tried MS Edge Chromium or SRWare Iron, but have used Firefox. With Chrome, with 6 tabs open(which is normal for me for most of the day), Task Manager shows 21 .exe running, avg of 100k each. Running Firefox with one tab shows 5 exe avg of 50k each. The Chrome has so many high usage .exe probably because I have the following running in Chrome..WOT(web of trust), Disconnect, Ghostery, scriptsafe, HTTPS everywhere, antiminer, password checkup, and MalWareBytes Browser Guard. Is this over-kill? Can I stop/delete some of these and still be safe browsing the Web? Is there another web browser that would provide the same level of protection(with or without the above extensions), but with less overhead?
  11. No, I don't remember the version I was using that worked. It was the version just prior to the Feb 2020 update.
  12. After some experimentation, I found this: Sound OK with Web Protection on, torrent program up, chrome down Sound Ok with Web Protection on, torrent program down, chrome up bad sound with Web Protection on, torrent program up, chrome up So, the torrent program doesn't seem to be the issue, nor the chrome browser. But having them both running at the same time results in the bad sound(RAM issues?) BUT, I used to be able to have ALL my programs running with NO bad sound up until the Feb 2020 MalWareBytes update. Are there any other experiments I should try?
  13. Yes, but have been for years, when MalWareBytes was not causing sound issues. Should I try stopping my torrent program, turning Web Protection back on, and see what happens? I'll try that now.
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