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New to Computers and freezing to boot!

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by celticsong22, Apr 25, 2004.

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  1. celticsong22

    celticsong22 Thread Starter

    Apr 25, 2004
    undefinedI am really in a bind, here, as I just got my first computer and I'm practically illiterate! No technical jargon- someone speak English and tell me why Windows 98 is freezing up constantly. I have eanthology for anti virus and they found a batch virus and it is quarrantined. Spyware was detected and removed. I have cleared temporary files, history and cookies. I ran scan-disk but not sure if it was successful as the thing freezes up so much, especially when it's inactive for a while- just left on or a program automatically runs. I defragmented it several weeks ago and watched as it went through file after file. Now it doesn't get past 2% and goes back to 0%. What should I do short of blowing the thing up! Sometimes it takes 5-10 tries to get on the internet to check my email or my business website. I can't shut down as the mouse won't move and I have to switch off the tower back switch, which causes it to say it will have errors. Each consecutive time I try to do it again seems to get a little better and once I get on I seem to be able to stay on for quite a while, sometimes indefinitely. HELP! As I was typing this a dialog box appeared stating that it was defragmenting drive c! Is this thing possessed, or what?!
  2. Styxx

    Styxx Banned

    Sep 8, 2001
    Right-click an open space on your desktop; Choose Properties; Click the screen saver tab; Click the Settings button; Under the power scheme heading use the drop-down arrows to choose Home/Office Desk; below that, if there is a Sleep Mode area, use the drop down area to choose Never; Under the Settings for Home Office Desk power scheme - Beside Turn off Monitor it should say 'after 15 minutes'; Beside Turn Off Hard Disks it should say 'after 30 minutes'.


    See the colored link to Panda on-line virus scan below in my sifnature.


    When you run ScanDisk or Defrag to so in Safe Mode with the screen saver disabled (use the drop-down arrow and scroll bar to chose None).
    Boot to Safe Mode

    (tap F8 five times per second during a restart; Choose option number three (3) in the Windows Startup dialog box using the arrow keys below the Delete key, and strike the Enter key; Click Ok when prompted).

    Temporarily disable your screen saver

    Right-click an open space on your desktop; Point to Properties; Click the Screen Saver tab; Under the Screen Saver heading use the drop-down arrow and scroll-bar to choose None. Click Apply; Click OK.

    Run Dragmenter

    Click the Start button; Point to Programs; Accessories; System Tools; Disk Defragmenter; Click the OK button to start 'Defrag'.

    A defrag takes 1-2 hours with Win98. An hour with WinME. Defrag takes a longer time to finish the longer between times the utility has been run previously. ScanDisk should take no more than 5 minutes.
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