my computer is being so hetero, help

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    Dec 01, 2007 3:24 PM GMT
    this problem just arised within the last 3 days but all of a sudden my computer keeps freezing up every couple of sec as i type, open pages, or do anything. I always clean out the cookies and stuff and i defragmented so i really dont know why this is happening?

    any tips to go back to the good old days of non freezing surfing? thanx much love
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    Dec 01, 2007 3:54 PM GMT
    run msconfig and see if there's any programs that you dont' need them to run and cause conflict.
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    Dec 01, 2007 3:57 PM GMT
    not sure what that is, but could i just manually delete programs, would that help?
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    Dec 01, 2007 3:57 PM GMT
    No freezing and no sickness. Good thing I have a Homobook G4 icon_razz.gif

    If your on a PC it can freeze for a coupe of reasons. One would be hardware failure, which you'd need to have it checked for.

    Second reason is just corruption or damage to data. Lines of code in a program can be damaged causing the machine to freeze up.

    Third could be a virus or other malicious software.

    Best thing to do is keep updated defense software, and run a system check. If its a specific program that the computer freezes under try reinstalling. Otherwise visit a shop.
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    Dec 01, 2007 3:59 PM GMT
    hippie,

    granted i'm a PC guy, so if you're Mac, i might not be able to provide much help.

    but more info could help.

    type of computer? how old is it? what o/s? did you recently add or upgrade software? how much memory is on your computer?

    granted i'm a PC guy, so if you're Mac, i might not be able to provide much help.

    I know at work i installed Office 07 on my computer and it slowed it down drastically. Needed at lease 1GB ram, and i only had 512. Just installed 2GB and that sped things up.

    If it's a PC, you might want to check your task manager and see if there are any programs running in the background. I've sometimes found a program, even my web browser, running in the background after I've closed it
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    Dec 01, 2007 4:10 PM GMT
    i think Trance23 said it better. I remember last time something like that happened, then my drive died. so i'd recommend you back up importing stuff before attempting anything new.
    after that, why not format the whole thing and start all over!
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    Dec 01, 2007 4:14 PM GMT
    If you're using windows OS here are a couple of drastic things you can try if nothing else works:

    -Reinstall the OS:
    Usually this will fix most problems, but make sure that you save all your data before you do this (you can save it in a new file on your C drive). Your windows install disk will have an option for this when you insert it.

    if that doesn't work...

    -Reformat the hard drive:
    Some people do this every so often to keep their computer fast and clean. This will completely erase everything on your hard drive, and you will have reinstall all programs and make copies of all your data on an external media (external hard drive, flash drive, CD or DVD).

    Hope this helps; there are tutorials on line that will walk you through both of these processes.
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    Dec 01, 2007 4:36 PM GMT
    hey guys thanks for all your help.

    i use pc and xp.

    what about system restore to an earlier date perhaps before this freezing crap happened?
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    Dec 01, 2007 4:53 PM GMT
    Here is a good article to get you started.
    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/heal_and_inoculate_your_pc
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    Dec 01, 2007 5:00 PM GMT
    Using System Restore might be your best/quickest/easiest fix.

    R
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    Dec 01, 2007 5:21 PM GMT
    I recommend getting a second hard drive installed to store all of your files on when you get your computer working again.

    Use the main drive for Windows and your programs.

    Keep program installation files and driver files on your second drive, so when you do need to reformat the Windows drive you have everything you need already. Keep those files updated, too.
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    Dec 01, 2007 5:46 PM GMT
    thanks everyone!

    i did system restore and so far seems good, so time will tell =)
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    Dec 01, 2007 7:43 PM GMT
    ok so i went to the gym and now im back and the computer is shit again grrr
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    Dec 01, 2007 8:35 PM GMT
    Thus spaketh the Lord, reformateth thine hard drive and reloadeth thine OS.
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    Dec 01, 2007 11:12 PM GMT
    In the beginning, there was the IBM Selectric, and lo, the Lord saith: Let there be memory and let it reside upon a card of holes. And the Selectric begat the Wang Word Processor, and the Lord saw that it was good.

    Then, saith the Lord, let there be applications, and He brought forth upon the earth the IBM PC. But the PC was not sufficient unto the Lord, for saith he, Let there be an operating system. And the Lord created DOS.

    And The PC begat the AT, and the AT begat the XT, and the XT begat the 286, and the 286 begat the 386, and the 386 begat the 486. And in the time of his innocence, man computed.

    The Lord said to man: Do not eat from the tree of Apple or all will be lost. And man did not eat at first, but the temptation was too strong, and man ate from the Apple and his eyes were opened.

    So man created Windows to use the fruit of the Apple upon the PC, and thus came forth Windows 95. And the Lord was full sorrowful, for Windows 95 was weak and pitiable and full of bugs. But in his arrogance, man tried to imitate the Lord and create Updates.

    And thus Windows 95 begat Windows 98, and Windows 98 begat Windows ME, and Windows ME begat Windows 2000, and Windows 2000 begat Vista, and the Lord saith to man:

    Well, now you are well and truly fucked. Good luck with it.
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    Dec 01, 2007 11:28 PM GMT
    Little correction on the begats: NT4 begat Windows 2000 (best Windows ever!!!), which begat Windows XP, which begat Windows Vista. Windows ME begat nothing and was the end of the line for the Windows 9x line.
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    Dec 01, 2007 11:43 PM GMT
    Without a thorough analysis - What Suite of Security Software are you using?

    What AV?

    Go Here: http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/home.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym&plfid=23&pkj=TNVJORVWHFHMFNZMBBX

    Run the software.

    See if there is a Security problem.

    You might also have some spyware running, etc...

    R
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    Dec 02, 2007 2:53 PM GMT
    haha you guys are hilarious. your word is indeed holy. i am just lazy to reinstall the OS but I may have to.