My computer freezes up no matter what I am doing on it. I have tried everything and it still freezes. Help.
LaVerne from Louisville, KY
More than likely it's from excess heat, bad memory (RAM) or hardware component like a video card or motherboard that's overheating. If there were a short circuit, the computer would turn off. The only way to test this is by swapping your components with good/trusted components. If you don't have spares you can ask friends or go to computer repair/geeksquad type place. Also make sure that your fans are still running- heat will lock up a computer fast.
I'm assuming you haven't deleted system files, I'm sure it's hardware then. But if you think it's a system file / software thing, then (in windows), there is a program called SFC system file checker in windows or windows/system32. run that from command line (start->run->'cmd', then cd c:\windows\system32, then sfc /? to get the options. You want to check all. It may ask you to restart..
Defragging doesn't really do anything but make some file run faster. It's better to run a system scan on the files first then defrag as others have suggested.
My credentials are I was an IT desktop tech for 10 yrs, 8 yrs ago and now I'm a programmer, not some bum off the street about computers.
I have had this same problem for a while and there are a couple of different things you can do to fix it. First, make sure you don't do a lot of clicking with the mouse. If you click once, be patient because the more you click the slower your computer will proccess information. Also make sure you keep your computer healthy by deleting cookies, clearing history, ect. Just go to the "tools" bar when you open up internet explorer, then go to "internet options" and you should see it there. Another thing you can do is go to "start", then "all programs", then "accessories", then "system tools", then "disk clean up" and "disk defragmenter". Defragmenter should run automatically but if it doesn't make sure you set it up so it does. Disk Clean up you have to do automatically and it just clears up stored stuff on your computer that is not needed and taking up space. The last thing I know of is make sure you don't have 2 anti-virus programs working at the same time. This is a sure way to get your computer to freeze up a lot, so close one if you do. Anyways, hope I helped out!
This may not solve the situation, but I thought you might want to know about Spyware Terminator. It's free and seems to be a very good program. Was recommended to me by someone who knows computers. I originally got it at Web Crawler.
I had exactly the same problem and 'experts' could not find it. By chance I bought a large memory board (not expensive) and thought I would take the others out and then add them after testing. It has not crashed now for 3 months! The other memory boards have not gone back in. You can have a memory location which is duff but is used randomly hence the unpredictability. Try that first should only cost about $40 which is cheaper than an 'engineer'.
Cheers, Arthur (04/17/2008)
Many reasons why. Anywhere from bad hardware, to spyware or virus. You could call around and have a PC shop run a good diagnostic on it. Just adding memory may not fix it, and you'd be spending money and not solve the problem. Some shops can run diagnostic free. Some charge a minimal fee. (04/18/2008)
Try doing a disc cleanup, and then running something like Adaware from Lavasoft. It is free for personal use, and make sure you are running a good antivirus, avg. free edition works well for me.
If this doesn't solve the problem, get some one with computer knowledge to reset the cmoss, not hard to do if you know what to look for. If all that fails then it is time to look at getting more memory.
Go into system tools and go to defragment click on it and it will lead you from there. Depending on how long its been, it could take several hours to do it the first time. Then you can do it at say weekly intervals and I do. You can also go onto your tool bar and hit tools go down to internet options and clear your cache and temporary internet files and any cookies. Let us know how it goes. (04/19/2008)
By denise w
You didn't say how old your computer is. Windows XP is old now! Have you done normal maintenance; disk clean up, defrag, virus scans, spyware scans, etc.? If the computer is old, it may be the time to replace it. Having an old computer serviced is not real cost effective.