‘member by bitching about my CPU issues and thinking it fixed when I fiddled about with outlook express?

As it turns out the real culprit (or at least another culprit) is something called guarddog.exe (the version under my username) which has something to do with McAfee.

So if you’re having similar issues go to your task manage, go to processes, hit the cpu button, scroll to the bottom and see what exactly is taking up the most CPU space!