Photoshop: Strange new problem with color profiles

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I've been using photoshop for some time without issue.  I updated it the other day, and as far as I can tell that's the only thing that's changed.  Now, every time I load the program it breaks my system color profile in a bizarre fashion.  It seems to spike the gamma way up or something like that, everything system-wide immediately becomes way overdriven-bright until a few seconds after I close photoshop, at which point it all goes back to normal.

I have a profile made with DisplayCAL that has functioned flawlessly in the past.  I'm running Windows 7 SP1.  I've tried:

-Updating DisplayCAL & my graphics drivers
-Disabling DisplayCAL's management of my system color profile and letting Windows do it
-Uninstalling/reinstalling Photoshop including resetting settings
-Changing color profile settings to sRGB/adobeRGB standard in photoshop rather than my monitor profile
-Disabling hardware acceleration in photoshop
-Moving all color profile files from program files\common files\adobe\color\profiles elsewhere and back again
-Virus scans with spybot/malwarebytes/Microsoft's scanners
-Turning the User Account Control slider down to Never Notify
-Several hours in these forums without finding any trace of someone else having this problem
-Banging my head against the wall

As I said before nothing has changed with my system or software since the last time it worked normally other than the most recent update.  This is the only program this is happening with.  DxO Photolab, Lightroom, Irfanview, XNview, VLC, Potplayer, everything functions normally other than photoshop.

I would appreciate any advice, thanks!
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UPDATE:
As best I can tell, it was a failing graphics card or power supply or both.  It's strange that other video-intensive things didn't cause this issue, I don't do gaming but occasional video-splicing etc.  Anyway, I got a new graphics card and to power it I needed a new PSU, so whatever it was, this can apparently be filed under Solved, if not maybe X-Files.
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The problem came back again, so I reinstalled Windows.  This time, in the process of installing everything again, I was able to determine that the culprit all along was actually MSI X-Boost!  After doing some reading up around the internet it appears to be a waste of a program anyway, and shortens the life of your components by keeping them "spun up" without much in the way of actual utility.  For some reason Photoshop and Xboost are mortal enemies.  Anyway, now filed under Actually Solved.