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    Computer Freezes in 20-30 sec Intervals

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    by mjjarvis16 ·

    Recently, my computer has begun freezing. It happens with fair regularity, but does not seem to be tied to any particular schedule or event. I can be in any program typing (email, Word, Excel, anything) and suddenly the text stops appearing on the screen. I still have control of my mouse, I don’t get a blue screen, it doesn’t shut down on me. It only stays “frozen” for 20-30 sec at a time; and if I continue to type while it is frozen, the text will catch up and appear on the screen once it unfreezes.

    I would appreciate any tips on this, it’s driving me crazy!

    Thanks!

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    • #2907792

      Clarifications

      by mjjarvis16 ·

      In reply to Computer Freezes in 20-30 sec Intervals

      Clarifications

    • #2907785

      Something is running

      by l-mo ·

      In reply to Computer Freezes in 20-30 sec Intervals

      Look at your processes. Something may be running in the background. Anti-virus and auto updated software often have scheduled runs. It may be that your anti-virus software is checking for updates.

      You could also have an infection of some sorts.

      Use task manager or download process explorer by sysinternals (not a promo just a personal favorite).

    • #2923974

      hidden process

      by sdrucker ·

      In reply to Computer Freezes in 20-30 sec Intervals

      http://www.x-raypc.com/download.php

      X-Ray PC is one of my favorites for quickly identifying problematic processes.
      Have you scanned for viruses and spyware?

      Check out bitdefender (free version) if you don’t have another free antipsy/antivirus utility.

      • #2913234

        Could this have anything to do with…

        by mjjarvis16 ·

        In reply to hidden process

        My instant message service? I’ve noticed that anytime I’ve had it open and then exit and try to shut down my computer, it always brings up the screen saying that the MessageAp is not responding and gives me the option to end now. Could this be doing something in the background to slow things down?

        • #2912462

          It could

          by sdrucker ·

          In reply to Could this have anything to do with…

          and there is probably a bad process that is causing it to hang. You might try checking the system for BHO’s, spyware, and viruses.

        • #2912457

          If your system is clean

          by rob miners ·

          In reply to Could this have anything to do with…

          after using the Antivirus/Malware check and you still have the problem. Try uninstalling and reinstalling your instant message service.

        • #2912439

          another thing to try….

          by sdrucker ·

          In reply to If your system is clean

          from a command prompt, run the following:

          netstat -o -n 10

          This will (every 10 seconds) show you every network connection. In task manager, under processes, click “view” and “choose columns” amd select “PID” and you can see what each of those connections is affiliated with.

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