Thankyou very much for taking some time to help out.
So heres a bit more info, I'm not sure whats going on with it, but it's something I think I might continue to keep an eye on.
1) For new programs in the past week just Warframes (which is the game I was playing when I first started having problems). I was trying to reinstall another program which had stopped working last week, but that had worked fine for months without er. I installed Europa Universalis IV via Steam in the past month as well.
2) No new experiments, just warframes.
3) This is sort of the odd bit, last night my CPU usage was about nil, despite high memory usage, this morning the CPU usage was a little higher, but not quite so high. The other odd thing about that was last night the disk usage displayed much lower levels after I turned everything off, whereas this morning it seemed the disk usage was much higher, mostly full even.
4) I probably should have tested it last night, but this morning I tested one of my Fallout:New Vegas on my steam, single player offline and it was a little edgier than normal, but not nearly as bad. I have not tested warframes yet.
For additonal information, my Norton Internet Security has been expired since December I just learned, so I installed AVG Free antivirus before going to bed last night and ran a full system scan with it. It reported having cleared a Virus and several adware programs this morning (again it's odd that that has resulted in more usage of the CPU and Disk???)
I mentioned the single player offline game I tested being slightly edgy, but not as bad as was trying to play warframes last night. I was going to retest warframes to see if anything had changed however I got what I think was a windows 8 approximation of a bluescreen, it was a bit prettier than the old ones had a frown smiley and said "windows has encountered an error and needs to restart".
Again it appears the conditions have changed since bluescreening and restarting. As soon as I was able to check once it had restarted and I had logged in the task manager displayed a 20% usage of memory. Since opening Chrome (and the ten to twenty tabs I tend to leave open somewhat lazily) that has climbed to 50% but has thus far remained below or around that. The CPU and disk usage seem to have remained fairly low and stable for now.
Oh and one other thing, looking at the cache usage as displayed on the TM, last night and this morning it was very low according to the TM, only hundreds of megabytes, whereas after the bluescreen restart it seemed to immediately jump to a gigabyte or two.
Again I want to thankyou for taking the time, I really do appreciate it.