Odd issue in Windows XP Pro SP3. My workstation that I work on daily has been working great with no issues. I didn't install anything recently. This morning I went to log in as usual. Typed in password and clicked to log in then a total system freeze that required me to unplug the machine to reboot.
To be clear - when the freezes would occur it would happen right there at the login screen with blue background (screen never went completely blank or anything).
It's like the password takes and then complete lockup without doing anything else.
This happened 5 times in a row. The sixth time, I logged in and the screen immediately went to my desktop and my icons started to show up like nothing was wrong.
I'm currenty logged in so it isn't an issue now. But Nothing changed between any of those 6 times I tried so it doesn't make sense.
I did research this problem a bit and people are saying it can be caused by microsoft security essentials being out of date but I dont' have it installed.
I do regular scans for viruses/malware and have symantec antivirus installed.
Even if the domain had a problem handling my login it wouldn't freeze up my computer, specifically.
Any ideas of what could cause these login freezes?
Nothing has changed on my computer from yesterday to today (yesterday everything worked great like it usually does). I never went to any wierd websites either - just a couple news sites to see what's going on in the world.