A few months ago I began to notice a strange slowdown with my computer. I had problems with multiple applications running at the same time. The most prominent example of this is when I would listen to music with Winamp. The songs would keep playing but often the application itself would become unresponsive. This lasted anywhere from 5 seconds all the way to the end of the song. It would also affect other programs, primarily my web browser (Opera). I could hit pause, the music would stop, and the programs would be functional after a lag of a second or two.
This was surprising to me because I did not note anything major that changed when this started. I have always used several programs to keep my computer spyware and virus free. I routinely use CCleaner, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Spyboy Search and Destroy, and AVG 2012. I keep all of the databases up to date and I scan about once a month.
Yesterday I came home and noticed that my computer was on the loading screen for the OS boot up. This is the screen where it says Windows Vista and there is a little bar with green squares scrolling through it. I leave my computer on 24/7 so I assumed perhaps I came home just in time for an automatic update to complete. This was not the case. The computer sat like this for 30 minutes. I eventually relented and held down the power button to reset the computer. The computer started normally aside from a diagnostic screen offering safe mode. I logged in and everything was fine for just a moment. I did notice a pop-up that specifically said "Blue screen" and I exited out of it. Once I began opening programs I noticed a major slowdown. Quickly the whole computer was locked up. The desktop in the background became that kind of light greyed out that happens to programs when they quit responding. Then the mouse was unable to move. A click of the mouse provided that loud "BEEP" that PCs provide when something is wrong.
Therein lies my trouble. I am currently on the problem computer, running in safe mode with networking. I have done maybe half a dozen hard resets and sat through several CHKDSKs and "Startup Repairs". The fact that the computer is operating flawlessly in safe mode kind of signals to me that this is some sort of software failure and not a hardware issue. But I do not know enough about computers to be sure.
SO what I need help with is diagnosing the issue and fixing it. I do not believe I have a reboot disc that came with this computer to do a clean install. Is a clean install even what I need? I'm hoping someone can guide me through this and I can fix the problem. Are there any special diagnostic tools I can run to provide you with a log of essential information? I'd really appreciate any assistance you can provide, thank you.
Edited by hamluis, 07 March 2012 - 07:29 AM.
Moved from Vista to Am I Infected.