Thanks for the reply. I did not know that registry cleaner/optimizers could be harmful. You reasons make sense to me. I used the regedit after my problems started though. I doubt that regedit has contributed anything to the problems Im facing..positive or negative since the incidence and type of problem hasnt changed. Certainly nothing positive. An absolutely nothing worth $35
I have an HP AMD Athalon 3GHz. 3G Ram. 32 bit operating system.
I did contact HP and chatted with a rep. It was decided that the only thing I could do was to do a full system recovery and set the unit back to mfr settings. That worked great. problem solved. I wanted my pictures etc back...and ultimately had the system set back to an earlier point...then the problem resumed. Ja. Baffling.
But Im reasonably sure I dont have a virus...though Im far from being certain. I went thru all of the windows updates etc. Had windows updated to ie8. Funny thing is that I never use windows. I use Firefox. But it too has now begun this crashing.
One important observation...that the issue with crashing, while not limited to, seems to happen when the unit is either idle or not in use or over night. I know that means something...I just dont know what.
Any and all input would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by cienmashow, 10 November 2010 - 11:46 PM.