Welcome to the forum.
Can you also tell us about your I/O sub-system, i.e. your HDD's, their size, speed, controller type, free-space and how you have them allocated?
Right I have spoken to our IT department who say this:
The I/O subsytem is Intel 5400 Chipset
Controller Type: ESB2 AHCI
Here is my System Profiler report of my HDD:
Intel ESB2 AHCI:
Product: ESB2 AHCI
Link Speed: 3 Gigabit
Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit
Description: AHCI Version 1.10 Supported
Capacity: 320.07 GB (320,072,933,376 bytes)
Model: WDC WD3200AAJS-41VWA0
Serial Number: WD-WCARW5327854
Native Command Queuing: Yes
Queue Depth: 32
Removable Media: No
Detachable Drive: No
BSD Name: disk0
Medium Type: Rotational
Bay Name: Bay 1
Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)
BSD Name: disk0s1
Capacity: 319.73 GB (319,728,959,488 bytes)
Available: 69.58 GB (69,580,763,136 bytes)
File System: Journaled HFS+
BSD Name: disk0s2
Mount Point: /
With a single disk, which is below minimum requirements, and a fill rate at around 75 - 80% this system is dead slow. Add a couple of disks.
PM me some of your crash logs and I'll take a look.
Ok an update.
I have created a new admin account on my Mac. Installed PP and nothing else and it works just fine.