Computer locking up

Hp pavilion a1626x / PAVILION
December 19, 2008 at 09:08:21
Specs: winxp, amd 1.00GHz,1GB ram
My computer keeps locking up. I have to restart using the power button and have to do this several times untill it finally lets windows come up.It sometimes give me a message saying someone is trying to access my comp. I finally got to do a scann with McAfee running now. I am trying to save all my stuff on my comp. and I don't want to re-install win XP system. Also I have a free upgrad to window vista but haven't install it yet and I was wondering it I out this on top of windowsXP if this maybe fix my problems. Thanks...I know this is a long message but I need some help. Thanks again

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December 19, 2008 at 11:22:42
if you are infected, upgrading your OS will most likely not clear up the infection, and could potentially interfere with the upgrade process.

your best options for success are to clean your current Windows install before upgrading, or do a fresh install.

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December 19, 2008 at 11:31:29
When you say clean, do you mean a clean with virus scan...I have completed a VS and checking on how it did as I'm writing this.. I'll get back in a little bit and let you know....Thanks

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December 19, 2008 at 13:42:00
I think I got it fix. Everthing seems to be working...Is there aprogram that can tell if you have spyware and other thinhg that can affect your computer.

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December 19, 2008 at 16:21:00
your question is THE question: "How does one know if they are truly 100% rid of the infection?"

The logic behind a fresh Windows install is that you can never truly be 100% sure.

Usually, only one antivirus program can be installed at a time (they don't play well together). However, multiple Antispyware/Adware software apps can (and should) be used. I use SpyBot Search and Destroy, AdAware, and Windows Defender.

If your Antivirus and Antimalware software all says that you're clean, you probably are. If you wanted to be MORE sure, someone here can give you detailed instructions on using an app like Malwarebytes or Hijack This.

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December 19, 2008 at 16:31:36
Freebie malware utils to install and keep up to date: AdAware ( - freebie util will clean out a lot of pests;

Spybot Search and Destroy (

A decent anti-virus util; and one needn't spend money on one... has a freebie (for domestic use); AVG offer similar. I prefer Avast overall - had no problems with but have had a few with AVG...

Ensure you have a firewall installed/enabled; if on a router for adsl then there is one built-in; but also install a software one as well (more useful to stop outbound things from wot I understand)...

As you're on XP then install and keep updated Windows Defender - freebie from M$ for legal installations... (if you haven't already)

At regular intervals run a freebie on-line scan too at (Housecall). Do not opt for the beta (next) version when it's there; use the standard/fully tried/tested version each time. And again keep your installed utilities updated regularly... (No single utility will find everything every time. But two/three working together will generally keep you safe etc; and each will at times overlap the others.

AdAware goes after different nuisances to SpyBot. Trend will occasionally find things that another a/v-util will miss initially - but later pick it up; and visa-versa...

When you run a scan (especially an anti-virus) - temporarily disable System-restore; when system known to be clean etc... re-enable system restore.

Some will even advocate you scan in safe-mode as there are some pests that cannot easily be cleared out in normal-mode?

If you follow along the lines of the above.. you ought to be reasonably safe/secure etc? I think if you run a "hijack this" scan (about which I really know almost nothing other than its name etc...) and you know how to read/interpret it (and many here do to their credit) if there are nasties around it may well list them... But is an arcane readout for any uninitiated/unfamiliar soul(s) - like me...

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