I haven’t heard of anything like this, but there are a couple of things you can do right now to shorten the time to re-load Scrivener and be back to work;
Click the “Abort Backup” button. This will let you get Scrivener closed quickly so that you can re-launch it.
Turn off backups on exit, and enable the backup on “save” option. So long as you remember to do it, you can just click file->save, or CTRL-S to start a backup.
To minimize Scrivener, click on the scrivener icon in the upper-left of the Scrivener window, and select “minimize” from that drop-down menu, rather than using the buttons in the upper right as you have been doing.
To minimize Scrivener, hold the Windows key down, and press down-arrow (WIN-UPARROW restores, and another up-arrow press maximizes the window)
Yet another way to minimize Scrivener: ALT-SPACE-n
Sorry, I wasn’t very clear on what I meant. Under Tools->Options->Backup, there’s a checkbox for “Back up with each manual save”. That’s what I was referring to, and not the setting under General for "Save after period of inactivity: ".
Manually making it save when you have it doing so after a 2 second pause won’t do much against a blue screen, so that’s a habit you might consider letting go of; it’s mostly pointless unless you type non-stop for hundreds of words at a stretch. Two seconds tick by faster than you might believe (just look for the asterisk in the title bar; if it’s not there, your changes have already been saved to disk).