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#1 mearow

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:51 AM

OK so I dont know if its a Vista problem or what... Our computer is thinking all the time. Programs freeze and stop working constantly and task manager will not end the processes correctly resulting in a "hard" shut down. Ugh its a pain and I have no idea what to do or even how to ask for help other than just post the issues here. Any ideas?

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 01:18 PM

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 08:11 PM

- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)

AMD Phenom 9750 quad core 2.40 ghz

- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")

Capacity 684 GB/free space 513 GB


- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)

AVG9.0, firewall is the windows one that came with the machine and my son put Trend Micro Internet Security Pro trial on the machine. (that expires in like 3 days)

The machine did get a virus on it a few months back something to do with a fake AVG security thing. My son took it off using this site. =)

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 08:23 PM

You can't run two AV programs (AVG and Trend) and two firewalls (Trend and Windows).
Go down to one of each and we'll go from there.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:06 PM

Ok I uninstalled Trend micro. Now just have AVG and the Windows Defender firewall that came with the machine.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:55 PM

Windows Defender and Windows firewall are two different tools, but they'll coexist.
Are you still experiencing freezes?

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 04:21 PM

Yes. Upon boot up it used to take the machine just like one min to stop "thinking" and wait for me to like open firefox or something like that. I rebooted a second ago and its 7 mins in and is still "thinking" and will freeze if I try to open anything memory intensive like my photo editor.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 04:41 PM

Go Start>Run (Start Search in Vista), type in:
msconfig
Click OK (hit Enter in Vista).

Click on Startup tab.
Click Disable all
IMPORTANT! In case of laptop, make sure, you do NOT disable any keyboard, or touchpad entries.

Click Services tab.
Put checkmark in Hide all Microsoft services
Click Disable all.

Click OK.
Restart computer in Normal Mode.

NOTE. If you use different firewall, than Windows firewall, turn Windows firewall on, just for this test, since your regular firewall won't be running.
If you use Windows firewall, you're fine.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 01:39 PM

Ok the computer seems to be running much faster but still thinks an awful lot. Plus my webpages don't load right or half the links on a page will not work when they did the day before. Ugh I am ready to throw this thing out in the yard!

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 01:55 PM

Can you perform the following:

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 05:01 PM

Re-enable all startups and services, you just disabled.

Uninstall AVG, using AVG Remover: http://www.avg.com/us-en/download-tools and see how it goes.

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