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Temporary computer feezes? Answered

We have an old computer that we used forever and it has everything on it.  We are now experiancing a serious issue.  It has a small Nvidia graphics card, 2 hard drives, one SATA, one that other big cord.  I just dusted it and checked for improper cooling, but it is fine.  I let it idle for a while and here is what happens. I have Task Manager running with the performance tab up.  It freezes for exactly five secconds, and the hard drive stops.  Then it runs for exactly five seconds again.  Each time it has a CPU spike which every time shows as 84%, no RAM change is seen.  Any idea's, we can't get the wifi to work for some reason so I can't get any programs for it I don't think, unless maybe I can flash-drive it.  Anyway, it seems very odd that it is exactly 5 second's every time.  
One other thing, we had this uniblue registry booster thing come on and it kept asking us to buys stuff, and we never had a problem before that.

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Burf
Burf

Best Answer 8 years ago

You're either overtaxing the memory and processor and/or you have a virus.
Run a complete virus scan and make sure the system is clean. Then clear the cache and delete all the temp files and defrag your HDD.
If it still freezes up open Task manger, go to processes and stop everything running in the background that you don't absolutely need.
Hopefully, that will then resolve your problem.

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jj.inc
jj.inc

Answer 8 years ago

would safe-mode be comparable to stop everything that you don't absolutely need. I think it could easily be a virus, but finding that is going to be a trick with the age of the computer and lack of internet access.

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Burf
Burf

Answer 8 years ago

Yes, safe mode is comparable, but the purpose of using task manager is so you can determine which processes are responsible for bogging down the computer and either not run them unless you absolutely need them or delete them altogether.

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jj.inc
jj.inc

Answer 8 years ago

ok, I have tried that on my computer with windows 7 before and I shut something down that shouldn't have been shut down, and all I was left with was two black screens, but receiving a blank screen signal, not shutting down. It always worries me when I mess in task manager, but I will, thanks for the help.

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thegeeke
thegeeke

Answer 8 years ago

+1

Another possibility since it's an old computer is that there is hardware errors. Does your give off any beeps when booting? If so, take note of the exact code, and look it up on your motherboard manual. Also, go to device manager and see if there are any errors. More than likely you have hardware failure, or a virus. Unless you are running new programs that could be overtaxing your processor and or memory, I doubt that is what is happening unless your memory or processor is going bad.

Also that "other big cord" would be an IDE cable.