both uninstalled, problem still exists.. the only other common threads between the new setup and the old setup:
using the mvps hosts file to block ads etc
microsoft life cams (2 different versions my old one broke months ago just bought the studio)
and peerblock which isnt enabled as a service and isnt running all the time.
svchost.exe peggs the cpu when you make internet requests so its definately network related, so that makes me lean to the mvps hosts, but there surely has to be something to that.. it cant be that its the hosts file...