Hello. A few days ago, I got a brand new Acer Iconia W500 tablet running Windows 7 Home (32-bit), which is frequently freezing on me. In the process of configuring the computer for optimal use, I uninstalled several of the Acer junk programs that the machine came with and downloaded & installed Java, Malware Bytes Anti-Malware, and Ad-Aware, as well as attempting to run Windows Update. This is when the tablet started freezing up. I uninstalled Ad-Aware to free up resources, but that did not improve anything.
Anytime I try to open more that one tab or window in Internet Explorer (8), it is guaranteed to become non-responsive and can only be closed via the task manager, after which IE will continue to freeze until the computer is restarted. It should be noted that when IE is frozen and the processes are listed, there is always one more iexplore.exe process than is actually running (if opening a second tab made it lock up, there will be three IE processes listed). Windows Explorer also occasionally becomes non-responsive. When restarting or shutting down the tablet after a lock-up, it will usually freeze while shutting down, requiring a hard restart.
Windows Update initially claimed it downloaded 58 updates successfully, but when I chose to install them, it made no progress. Now when I try to run WU, it says that it’s checking for updates, indefinitely.
The computer runs fine when I start it in Safe Mode (w/ Networking), so it seems like something is eating up the system resources, but I do not know enough to figure out what. During the initial round of removing the bloatware, I did not remove anything that could have possibly been important (I do not mess with anything that I do not know the function of), just junk for social media and the like. There are still programs that I suspect can be safely removed, but I do not want to take a risk on.
Also, is there any way to get Do Not Track Me Plus to run on a tablet?
Thank you for your time.