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Windows XP SP3 desktop freezing constantly. Any advice?

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I have a Dell desktop running XP SP3. Over the last 3 weeks or so it freezes all the time, mostly right after startup. For example, it will boot to the user selection screen, I'll click my name, and it will boot up. However, once fully booted, nothing will work. Oddly, I will see the mouse cursor arrow and can move it around. However, nothing happens when I try to click something. I'll have to reboot several times to get it working. Then, once working, it will work for a few hours and freeze again.

Here's what I've checked so far:

(1) Ran Avast anti-virus and "thorough" mode -- no viruses.
(2) Ran Ad-Aware -- no spyware.
(3) Ran SpyBot Search & Destroy -- no spyware.
(4) Ran Hijack This -- nothing out of the ordinary.

The ONLY new software installed recently is DropBox, so I uninstalled that.

I also found one of those "HD Health"-type programs that will tell you the temperature and overall "health" of your hard drive. Apparently mine is fine.

Despite the above, it is still freezing. It even froze last night WHILE sync'ing my iPod. This is driving me crazy.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Legoman182182 said:
Does task manager show anything unusual? Anything going on in the system tray?
Well, after it's frozen I can't check the task manager. However, once I finally get it running the programs in task manager and the system tray seem fine and are the same group of programs that have been there for years.

Can you give me an example of something "unusual" in the task manager or something "going on" in the system tray that I might want to look for? I'm just a "run of the mill" computer user, so I'm not really clear on what you might be referring to.

Thanks.
 

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check the apps that are starting during boot up. click Start>Run and type msconfig. click the startup tab and uncheck apps that aren't needed unless you want them open. if you're not sure what the app is, google it.
 

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Also check if you have any suspiciously named processes running in the task manager. They might very well be spywares/viruses.

Use Kaspersky for spyware detection. That's the benchmark imo.

Good Luck !
 
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