Video Lags Every 20-30 Seconds

I am having a small problem with video playback. I noticed it for the first time last week. I don't remember exactly, but i think it was after installing a windows update for directx 9b. But i was also having some adware problems for the first time in months (which i recently took care of). The basic problem is that when i'm playing a movie, the video lags every 20 to 30 seconds. It'll suddenly slow down and then skip to quickly catch up with the audio. It's only a second long glitch but its quite annoying, quite often, and it just bothers me that its happening when it shouldn't be. It happens with no matter what sort of file (avi, mpeg, wmv, mov, etc), and no matter what video player (wmp, winamp, quicktime, realplayer). To try fixing this problem i've updated my latest video card driver and critical windows updates, got rid of every trace of spyware, virus scanned, downgraded back to directx 8. 1 with a directx downgrade program, upgraded back to directx 9a, rolled back to my previous video card driver, installed a program called "reclock" that someone told me might help, and went through a number of codecs, which eventually just screwed up the video even more, causing me to use system restore. Unfortunately, however, i cannot use system restore to go back before the lagging problem.

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