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#1 sanjetoaleksova

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:12 PM

Okay so i have this OS for 3 years or so and i don't want to re-install now. I have multiple problems with my computer that started about 2-3 weeks ago. First it opens pages really slow, second it freezes almost 15 times a day, i have to force shut down or restart, often i get the not responding window and 2 days ago i had blue screen of death maybe 2 or 3 times but i didn't write down the error :/ I have checked for viruses and it showed nothing. Any temporary solutions so i can postpone the re-installation or i have to do that ASAP?
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:30 PM

1) Exactly how did you check for viruses, because it certainly sounds like classic malware symptoms?

2) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

3) What happens in safe mode?

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:41 PM

I scanned my computer with ESET Smart Security and i also ran ComboFix and Malawarebytes, no threats found. Almost nothing is different no new hardware almost no new software except some Chrome extensions or something. Oh, i had my computer opened and cleaned a month ago, but i don't have new hardware. And i don't get error window it just freezes and i have to restart. When i use it in safe mode it almost never freezes. And also when i start it it recommends to run Startup Repair, which i do and it does the same thing all over again.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:28 PM

It's possible you knocked something loose when you were cleaning the box. It's also possible you damaged or shorted something. First, open the box and check ALL connections. Then let's check the hd and memory.

Hard Drive Diagnostics:
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=28744&hl=hard+drive+diagnostic)
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), to make the CD bootable.
For Toshiba drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=ServicesSupport/FujitsuDrivesUSandCanada/SoftwareUtilities#diagnostic


To check the ram, download memtest (http://memtest.org/). Burn it to a cd using a dedicated .iso burning utility (http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_write_iso_files_to_cd.htm), make sure the cd drive is at the top of the boot order in bios, then boot to the newly created cd and run the utility.




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