For the past couple of months, I've been having an unusual problem when running Steam. When Steam is running, my system freezes for about 5 seconds every so often; there is no response at all from the system for that period, then everything goes back to normal, only to repeat after a certain amount of time.
The "active" periods can vary in time; sometimes they are seconds long, sometimes they last for minutes. The freezes appear to last about 5 seconds each time.
This continues even after I've closed Steam, but I suspect it's running in the background somewhere.
This issue has only arisen in the past few months; I have been using Steam before that without any issue. My gut feeling is it's a Steam update issue, or my OS is old -- I haven't got around to updating -- or both.
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