Recently I've been noticing issues with my DDO client.
It's taking forever to load (sometimes 5 minutes to start the game after selecting a character!) and after playing for a while it's locking up the entire computer to the point I have to hard-reset. This REALLY concerns me because I don't want to damage my system due to locking up/resets.
I'd not had these problems previously (before last "major" update) and my system (specs below) made for very little load times.
CPU: Intel i7-3930k
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB PCI-e 3.0
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe
Memory: Corsair 16GB Low Profile DDR3 1600 CML16GX3M4X1600C8
Harddrive1: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SATA 6.0Gb/s
Harddrive2: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
So after this happening a few times, I'm looking through task manager to see if there's something going on that shouldn't be and I spot about 10+ instances (!?!?!?!???) of awesomium_process.exe running. Naturally, I search online to find out what the heck it is and find out it manages the game windows in DDO (DDO Browser/DDO Store...)
I tried closing them, but they pop back up again within a few minutes of playing. They're chewing up system resources like crazy and slowing the game down.
As a test, I changed the user access to prevent awesomium_process.exe from running to see how it would effect my game... and lo and behold: No crashing. Even after 4-5 hours of gameplay. Load times are cut to a fraction of what they were. I can't access the DDO store or help functions, but I didn't use those most the time I was playing anyways (normally only once at the beginning of my gaming session).
After re-enabling awesomium_process.exe, my game has returned to crashing and slow load times.
So... what should I do?
I can disable awesomium_process.exe so I'd not have my computer crashing/locking up/long load times and I'd just not have access to the DDO Store/in-game support tickets... or I keep it running and have issues?
My main concern is I think it's against the EULA to mess with it... but if it's preventing me from playing the game in the first place..?