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Computer help! #947222 05/29/09 12:11 AM
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Adam F Offline OP
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Here recently, I've been having a little computer glitch.

When I pull up ANY webpage, the text and basic images display, but then there is a 10-15 second delay where everything freezes, and then a flash advertisement shows up.

So I think my problem is with flash objects/ads loading. It is REALLY bad with IE, to the point where it takes over 30 seconds most of the time to load a page with flash. With FF its 10-15 seconds usually.

I tried re-installing IE, no change. Tried upgrading to the latest flash, no change. Tried changing the settings in flash to disable hardware acceleration, no change. Upgraded Java, no change.

What gives? This is VERY annoying. I'm one step away from reformatting and starting all over. I REALLY don't want to have to do that.


88 4R, 350 V8, R150 5 speed Sold <...uot; />
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Re: Computer help! [Re: Adam F] #947223 05/29/09 12:38 AM
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LRJ4x4 Offline
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1. Download malwarebytes and run it. It's free. I suspect you have some sort of malware.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

2. Install Firefox

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html


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Re: Computer help! [Re: LRJ4x4] #947224 05/29/09 03:47 AM
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Adam F Offline OP
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I already have a spyware and anti virus program that scans my computer daily.

And I am using Firefox. (that is the "FF" I referred to in my post)

I'm going to try and uninstall my spyware/anti virus (AVG free) and see if that doesnt help.


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97 4R, stock, daily driver
98 Sienna, kid and dog hauler, wife's ride
Re: Computer help! [Re: Adam F] #947225 05/29/09 04:34 AM
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Adam F Offline OP
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anti virus is uninstalled, still no change <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angry.gif" alt="" />


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97 4R, stock, daily driver
98 Sienna, kid and dog hauler, wife's ride
Re: Computer help! [Re: Adam F] #947226 05/29/09 04:42 AM
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Really sorry, but I've had bad experiences with AVG... just straight garbage in my opinion and makes my job annoying with end users installing it and shutting down internet connections and slowing down internet.

There's got to be some extra junk running on your computer? Have you tried just killing every process in the startup in your MSCONFIG and seeing what happens?

Clean windowz install does the heart good after a bunch of computer problems.

PM me if you need a good Virus Protector <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Computer help! [Re: Adam F] #947227 05/29/09 08:33 AM
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Just my .02, but all "spyware" is NOT created equal. When I had my last windows machine, I had some Malware that got in my britches and the spyware I was running didn't catch it. I had to go through a crazy process to get the thing unmounted and in the trash as it was deep. I'll try and see what sofware I used as I can't remember now. I'll let you know if I can find it, but there are some good ones out there that you can use so you don't have to wipe your HD and bring it all back...

Sorry you got bitten.


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Re: Computer help! [Re: LRJ4x4] #947228 05/29/09 12:02 PM
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FrankR Offline
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Les -

I can't thank you enough for posting the link to the malwarebytes scantool. My NAV has been finding a "sidesearch" entry for about a month. NAV cannot eliminate it, but does show a fix in their database of technical files that is so convoluted for me to understand that I didn't want to try removal for fear of screwing up something else in the process.

I tried Spybot S&D and AdAware - neither of which even picked up the problem.

I ran the malwarebytes quick scan to see what it could do. Not only did it find it (but without the same identification designation), but also eliminated it with one click of the "fix it" button. To make sure it wasn't something else instead of what NAV was looking at, I ran a full system scan with NAV again and it was gone. I owe you a beer for that one!

This made me realize how fortunate we are to have the variety of talent on this forum - some folks are good with engines, some with geartrains, some with non-automotive talents that benefit us all.

I'm going to suggest that we create a short sticky department for some of you talented computer folks to list a few freeware tools for PC tuning. I can build you a PC, but I'm fairly lost when it comes to software and it's not something I want to learn until it breaks..... and even then, all I want is a quick fix. Unlike automotive failures, I don't care why it broke, I just want it fixed.

As an example, my wife's laprop is a Sony Vaio that has plenty of power for internet use, yet has been slow as mud for the past couple of years. After running every fix software I could imagine, I finally considered that the IE browser might be corrupted. Yesterday, I decided to try FireFox to see if my suspicion was possible and so far, it's running great on FireFox. I only wish I had figured it out 3 years ago instead of having to listen to the constant complaints and spending all the time I have performing routine IE maintenance to keep it going. I probably need to uninstall IE and do a clean new install and maybe IE will run like it should again.

If some of you computer folks would consider posting a simple up-to-date list of "fix-it" freeware tips, it probably would help a lot of us dummies. I know you guys wouldn't want it to become a constant PC diagnostic clinic, but a few standard up-to-date ideas would really be great. What do you think?

And thanks again for the malwarebytes! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

Frank


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Re: Computer help! [Re: FrankR] #947229 05/29/09 12:31 PM
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sparkem Offline
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My wife's flash drive thing got some virus on it from school computers. Whatever anti virus that was on the computer already did not catch it. Malwarebytes killed everything. Everytime she uses that flash drive in the school computer, we scan it before doing anything with it. The people at her school know about it but I guess it keeps getting passed around. Try Malwarebytes, it is free and wont destroy your computer.


I just want to tell you both good luck, and we're all counting on you.
Re: Computer help! [Re: sparkem] #947230 05/29/09 01:43 PM
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FrankR Offline
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After I saw what it did on my desktop, I did try the quick scan malwarebytes on my wife's laptop. It found nothing at all, so before I left home this morning, I started the deep scan with it. When I left, it had still found nothing, but was still running. I'll check it when I get home tonight, but I doubt it's going to find anything.

I had a technician uninstall amd reinstall IE on her laptop a couple of years ago, but the problem persists - sometimes the thing freezes and the hard drive runs constantly and all that can be done is to shut it down and reboot. I've tried updating the bios to no avail. I think there's something that is a conflict between the bios and IE that isn't agreeable and confuses the instruction set, but I'm only guessing. So far, FireFox is performing fine, so I hope she can get used to FireFox and learn to like it - or I'll be buying a new laptop when Vista's replacement is available. Every laptop I've ever owned has eventually had this same problem - 2 IBM Thinkpads and another older Sony Vaio. If it's not the bios incompatibility with IE, then it might be the system bus being a bottleneck - I'm just not sure what it is..... only that it is disappointing for an otherwise nice laptop 2.1 (?) GHz P4 with 1 GB RAM - not DDR, though and not the latest and greatest bus speed.

The newer laptops have astounding capacities by comparison, so maybe I really need to get her another one.

Frank

Re: Computer help! [Re: 87Montero] #947231 05/29/09 02:35 PM
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Adam F Offline OP
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Really sorry, but I've had bad experiences with AVG...



Hmmm...I've been running it for the last 3-4 years with NO problems. Just as of a few weeks did I ever have any kind of problem with any of the computers I've run it on.

I'm downloading and running that malware program to see what it does.

If not, I'll start backing up and wipe this damn thing clean.


88 4R, 350 V8, R150 5 speed Sold <...uot; />
97 4R, stock, daily driver
98 Sienna, kid and dog hauler, wife's ride
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