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Thanks for posting this! Sounds like the same here: after the Windows 2004 update, on s capable desktop machine, frequent instances of various programs freezing, utterly unresponsive, to the extent that even trying to kill them in Task Manager had no visible effect. A reboot always fixed it, but it could take several minutes for Windows to wholly exit before it started to reboot again. When things freeze, it's like little else I've seen before: the CPUs, and disk, stay mostly idle. It's "like" they're stuck waiting to acquire a lock that's never released. Anyway, with no expectation it would actually help, I tried turning off MB's Ransomware Protection. Voila! That was about 6 hours ago, and everything has been running perfectly since. Telling: there was only one thing I found that could deliberately provoke problems: put the computer in Sleep mode, and wake it up a few minutes later. Freeze City then, every time. But that appears harmless now too. Then again, _could_ all be just coincidence.