Something is Causing My Background Programs to Eat Bigger CPU - help!

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croex

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Windows 7 Ultimate
AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58 1.90 GHz
32-bit OS
I'm using a DELL Laptop, Inspiron 1521

For some reason, my laptop has been running slower that it usually does.
I suspect this to be malware/spyware related, because whenever I check my Task Manager for ongoing programs, they seem to eat alot more CPU than they usually do.
My friend's brother used an old USB external hdd on it recently, while I was using it.
Nothing happened right away, but all of a sudden it restarted on it's own and after booting up, that's when things started running slower. That's the main reason why I suspect it to be caused by malware.
It's not so evident when I'm on Mozilla - but when I start running my games (which don't take up alot, by tthe way), I experience FPS drops and choppier gameplay which I never experienced before.
I know it's not over-heating, I already ruled that one out.

I have my HJT log with me, I hope I can get assistance and fix whatever's bugging my laptop.
I'll be forever grateful :)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 12:29:26 PM, on 12/22/2010
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16700)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\PC Tools\sMonitor\SSDMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
C:\Users\croex2\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: SBCONVERT - {3017FB3E-9A77-4396-88C5-0EC9548FB42F} - C:\Program Files\SpeedBit Video Downloader\Toolbar\tbcore3.dll
O2 - BHO: Ant.com Toolbars browser helper (video detector) - {346FDE31-DFF9-418A-90C8-BA31DC9FF2EF} - C:\Program Files\Ant.com\IE add-on\Download.antplugin
O2 - BHO: SearchPredictObj Class - {389943B0-C3A2-4E69-82CB-8596A84CB3DC} - C:\PROGRA~1\SEARCH~1\SEARCH~1.DLL
O2 - BHO: ATLAS Toolbar - {3C6301ED-0F78-4AF2-8150-D9C052361A8E} - C:\Program Files\ATLAS V14\ATLIECP.DLL
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: DAPIELoader Class - {FF6C3CF0-4B15-11D1-ABED-709549C10000} - C:\PROGRA~1\DAP\DAPIEL~1.DLL
O2 - BHO: GrabberObj Class - {FF7C3CF0-4B15-11D1-ABED-709549C10000} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPEEDB~1\Toolbar\grabber.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Ant.com Download Toolbar - {2E924F4F-67F0-4BD8-9560-49F468E843D2} - C:\Program Files\Ant.com\IE add-on\AntToolbar.dll
O3 - Toolbar: SpeedBit Video Downloader - {0329E7D6-6F54-462D-93F6-F5C3118BADF2} - C:\Program Files\SpeedBit Video Downloader\Toolbar\tbcore3.dll
O3 - Toolbar: ATLAS Toolbar - {3C6301ED-0F78-4AF2-8150-D9C052361A8E} - C:\Program Files\ATLAS V14\ATLIECP.DLL
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKCU\..\RunOnce: [FlashPlayerUpdate] C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil10i_Plugin.exe -update plugin
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-21-2153938927-330417244-19239305-1000\..\Run: [] (User 'croex')
O4 - S-1-5-21-2153938927-330417244-19239305-1000 Startup: MagicDisc.lnk = C:\Program Files\MagicDisc\MagicDisc.exe (User 'croex')
O4 - S-1-5-21-2153938927-330417244-19239305-1000 Startup: My_AutoWarkey_Script.lnk = C:\Program Files\Warkeys\AutoWarkey\AutoHotkey\AutoHotkey.exe (User 'croex')
O4 - S-1-5-21-2153938927-330417244-19239305-1000 Startup: OpenOffice.org 3.2.lnk = C:\Program Files\OpenOffice.org 3\program\quickstart.exe (User 'croex')
O4 - S-1-5-21-2153938927-330417244-19239305-1000 User Startup: MagicDisc.lnk = C:\Program Files\MagicDisc\MagicDisc.exe (User 'croex')
O4 - S-1-5-21-2153938927-330417244-19239305-1000 User Startup: My_AutoWarkey_Script.lnk = C:\Program Files\Warkeys\AutoWarkey\AutoHotkey\AutoHotkey.exe (User 'croex')
O4 - S-1-5-21-2153938927-330417244-19239305-1000 User Startup: OpenOffice.org 3.2.lnk = C:\Program Files\OpenOffice.org 3\program\quickstart.exe (User 'croex')
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Translate with ATLAS - C:\Program Files\ATLAS V14\Atlscript.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: ATLAS Translation &Editor - C:\Program Files\ATLAS V14\AtlscriptEdit.html
O9 - Extra button: Download videos by Ant.com - {70AF6C9F-0818-4cf7-924A-BBDBB24211D3} - C:\Program Files\Ant.com\IE add-on\Download.antplugin
O9 - Extra button: ATLAS Translation - {B7707A72-4355-11D4-82BD-00000EBBEF8D} - C:\Program Files\ATLAS V14\Atlscript.html
O15 - ESC Trusted Zone: http://*.update.microsoft.com
O16 - DPF: {99CAAA27-FA0C-4FA4-B88A-4AB1CC7A17FE} (MGLaunch_v1004 Class) - http://www.netgame.com/mplugin/mglaunch_USAv1005.cab
O16 - DPF: {AA07EBD2-EBDD-4BD6-9F8F-114BD513492C} (NeffyLauncherCtl Class) - http://disteng.nefficient.com/disteng/neffy/NeffyLauncher.cab
O23 - Service: Ant Toolbar updater service (AntUpdaterService) - Ant.com - C:\Program Files\Ant.com\IE add-on\AntUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: Ati External Event Utility - ATI Technologies Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
O23 - Service: ##Id_String1.6844F930_1628_4223_B5CC_5BB94B879762## (Bonjour Service) - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
O23 - Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service - Macrovision Europe Ltd. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\1050\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
O23 - Service: nProtect GameGuard Service (npggsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\GameMon.des.exe (file missing)

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End of file - 5385 bytes

I have my HJT log
 
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