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Microsoft Windows is not responding (Windows 7)

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I've been having this problem the last couple days. After about an hour after having started up my system, the program I am using will start being unresponsive, not reacting to anything, and then follows Windows Explorer etc. I'm not sure if the programs stop working in some specific order or at the same time or in some chaos, but it often happens after I leave my computer and come back, the program allows me to perform about one or two actions before freezing, while other programs on my other monitor such as Steam might still work until I try to minimize or close the window. My taskbar will show a 'loading' cursor and not respond, ALT+TAB, ALT+F4, CTRL+ALT+DELETE or anything like it won't do anything. If I have music playing from iTunes it will still be playing, and sometimes I can still communicate with whoever I'm talking to on Skype, sometimes I can't. Two of the times a window saying "Microsoft Windows is not responding" / "working" has come up but nothing happening when you press it.

I tried uninstalling my graphics driver and installing the newest version with no difference. Scanned for virus, no infections. Scanned my SSD and two hard-disks for errors, no results. I ran Windows 7 in safe-mode and it still happened. Any suggestions on what else I can do? My willfully ignorant bliss leads me to believe it's a problem with my Windows installation that has run perfectly well for a year till now, but if anyone knows if it's a problem with my hardware, I can focus on that and spare myself the trouble of getting a copy of Windows so I can re-install it.

TL;DR programs stop responding along with windows itself, what do
Edited by Azumikkel - 5/24/13 at 4:21pm
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I made a little observation. The computer seems to start messing up exactly one hour after starting it. What causes that?
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Could be malware and antivirus does not always catch those. There are a few free anti malware programs you can download to scan. Couple things I would suggest is to see if you can go to task manager when it is happening and look at the processes running. See if there is anything hogging your CPU or memory. Also go to event viewer to see any crashes or errors that might give you a clue.
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i5-3570K @ 4.5 Ghz Gigabyte Z77 UD3H HIS R9-290 8 GB Samsung Wonder RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial SSD for OS Samsung Spinpoint F3 Asus XSPC water block, 360 radiator, and 720 reservo... 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
GPU cooling - XSPC Razer full GPU blocks Win 7 Home Premium Asus PB278Q 2560 X 1440p ISP Logitech G15 
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NZXT Hale90 V2 NZXT Switch 810 Logitech G500 Steelseries QcK 
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turned out to be my SSD which needed a firmware update
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