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?