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#1 malcolm man

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:04 PM

Windows XP Pro 2002
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2.61 AMD 64dual
4GB RAM

I've been having this problem off and on for the last year or so. I know that seems like a long time to ignore a problem but it seldom froze and I just accepted that computers do that from time to time. However, within the last week, it's been getting pretty bad. I had it freeze three times in a row within 15 min.

Each time it freezes, I have to restart the computer. I know of no other way to pull it out.

There doesn't really seem to be any rhyme or reason to the freezing. Some times it will freeze when doing processor intensive activities like rendering out a 3D project (I'm a motion graphics artist) and some time it'll do it when I'm just browsing the web.

I only have a few guesses. I'm using wireless internet that is pretty spotty. Sometimes when the internet goes out, it seems to freeze; although the two may be unrelated. I have an external Seagate 1.4 TB HD hooked up via USB2. Some times, it will make this weird clicking noise (like it's searching the drive. It's brand new, so it's not going out or anything like that) and the comp will freeze. Again, they might be unrelated. Those are just my two guesses.

As you can imagine, this freezing has caused me to loose loads of work and is extremely annoying.

I'd appreciate any help.

Thanks,
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:27 PM

First, regarding your external drive...
No drive should be making any clicking noise. Usually, it's bad news. Brand new, or almost brand new drives happen.
I strongly suggest, you run Seagate diagnostic on that drive: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287#seagate

Computer freezing may be caused by number of reasons: overheating, system files issue, drivers problems, an infection, hardware problems, low hard drive space, etc.

How is your computer security? What AV program, firewall do you use?
Have you scanned your computer recently with any antimalware program, like Malwarebytes?

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:35 PM

Thanks, I'll run that diagnostic on the drive.

I just use Microsoft Security Essentials. It's set to scan everyday. I have Windows' built-in firewall on.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:44 PM

I'd suggest, you travel to "Am I Infected?" forum and make sure, your computer is clean.
We can go from there :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 12:16 AM

thanks. I'll check over there and then report back

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 12:43 AM

Now that you have posted a topic here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/314327/freezing-comp/ you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a MRT Team member, nor should you ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the topic you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the MRT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your computer as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the MRT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working topics posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the MRT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new topic to work may assume another MRT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response but your topic will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic at least once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

Good luck. :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 08:23 AM

To avoid possible confusion, I am closing this thread. In the event that it turns out that you have no malware issues and you want this thread reopened...just send me a PM and I will reopen it.

Good luck :thumbsup:.

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