system freeze

By purplerose422 ·
My computer keeps freezing and unfreezes after about 20 seconds and I don't know what to do. Also how can I get rid of downloads I don't use anymore? Are there any free downloads to help me remove the problems?

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Do you have Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware software installed and up-to-date?

by robo_dev In reply to system freeze

What version of Windows are you using?

The quick fix is to use Windows System Restore to return to a point in time before it started slowing down.

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a couple usefull tools...

by ---TK--- In reply to system freeze

Grab CCleaner, install it, and run it. This will clean up your "system". Then I would recommend cleaning up your registry (might as well while your there).

Then I would download and install Spybot S&D, and run a spyware scan.

Do you have anti-virus? if not AVG is free.

To get rid of downloads, just delete them.

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How much RAM do you have?

by Snuffy09 In reply to system freeze

If your low on memory you system could be thrashing.

Windows XP should be running with no less than 256mb, even 512mb would be much better.

Do you have any AV software installed? Norton/Symantec is known for being a system hog. i would choose something else like avast or avg.

how much free space is on your harddrive? space sniffer will give you a gui view of what files are taking up the most space on your computer.

i would also download ccleaner and windows cleanup to clean up all your temp files.

defrag. download defraggler to set a time to defrag your HD.

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Test your Memory

by Jacky Howe In reply to system freeze
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do you think

by Snuffy09 In reply to Test your Memory

this software is better than memtest?

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Probably on par

by Jacky Howe In reply to do you think

and only one choice for the client to download. No confusion as to what to download. I believe in the KISS principal.

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KISS indeed

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Test your Memory

Check to see that it isn't a Pagefile Problem

By default, Windows XP Professional does not clear the virtual memory pagefile when the system is shut down. In some organizations this is considered a breach of security because the data in the pagefile might be accessible to users who are not authorized to view that information. To enable this feature and clear the pagefile each time the system is shut down, start the Group Policy snap-in by clicking Start, Run and type in secpol.msc expand Local Policies, and then select Security Options. Right-click Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile and then click Properties. By default, it is disabled. To force Windows XP Professional to clear the pagefile when the system is shut down, select Enabled.

To remove your downloaded files select them and delete them. If they are installed files remove them through Add & Remove Programs.

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to freeze or not to freeze... that is the question

by computechdan In reply to system freeze

by all means, check yer ram as suggested by jacky


this "freeze" u speak of may not be a freeze at, could be that a process is hoggin up all the cpu resources for a bit then releasing them again.

if this is happening very frequently it would be easy to spot by jus monitoring cpu usage for a bit.

start, run, type in taskmgr click ok
click the processes tab,
click show processes from all users,
then click the cpu tab twice, this should now show "system idle process" using most of the cpu, if the cpu tab till it does..

then jus watch for a bit

if this is happening on a regular basis, u may be able to find the the process in short order.

you could then google the process to see what it is and if u need it... if indeed that is what is causing the "freeze"

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