Posted 30 March 2010 - 12:22 PM
Started last week, I went through my Programs and removed ones I don't use or were installed accidentally (i.e. this McAfee quick scan that was installed when I updated Flash). You know just a little spring cleaning I guess. Nothing out of the ordinary happened, but I believe that same night my computer froze twice. Each time I had to manually power off the computer, give it a minute, then power it back on.
The next day, I end up doing this every 20-30 minutes due to this computer freezing up. I'm not running a lot of programs, in fact the most I'm doing is browsing the internet (facebook, gmail, etc). Alt-ctrl-del doesn't do anything. The mouse will still move for a little while, but I cannot click on anything. FWIW, I have a laptop which has lights on the front edge that show the power, hard drive, wifi, battery and bluetooth. The hard drive busy light either flashes constantly (not normal I don't think) or is not on at all (especially when its frozen).
Another thing I noticed is that Windows Defender had been MIA for while (perhaps due to another AV I had been using?). After restarting one day it is suddenly in my tray and is trying to scan even though its not set to scan until 2am (which I then changed to 5am). When it started scanning, my computer would freeze, so in an effort to troubleshoot a little bit, I disabled WD and removed it from the startup folder/menu. I'm currently using Panda Cloud Antivirus which says there are no security problems.
I installed and tried to scan with Spybot S&D, but of course after 30 minutes or so, the computer freezes or stops responding. Kind of a waste of time I guess.
After the computer freezes, I hear the fan kick on. Now, my laptop isn't hot, and like I said I'm not running but maybe 3-4 tabs in my browser (which I have experimented with using different browsers to see if that might have been the issue: IE, Chrome, and now FF).
My Geek Squad friend suggested it might be an impending hard drive failure.
Anyway I'm not really sure what to do next seeing as I get about 30 solid minutes of use before I have to shut down and reboot. Any feedback or ideas?