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my computer keeps blinking and flashing

December 28, 2010 at 12:16:38
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium Duo (2.4 ghz), 3 GB RAM

My computer screen keeps flashing and messing up what i am currently doing. For example when I open internet explorer and start typing a url, the computer flashes the curser jumps back to the beginning of what i'm typing. This happens on the google search tool box on internet explorer also. This doesn't just occur in internet explorer but on all the programs i have tried and on the desktop screen. For example, when i click the "start" button, the usual selection of programs opens up but then closes after the computer flashes (which occurs anywhere from once every <1 to 5 seconds). Or when i highlight text, the highlighted part starts flashing.

The interesting things is that once i get to the program or website the flashing stops effecting my typing or use of the website/program. I am actually typing this right now with no strange effects besides the internet explorer bar on the top of the screen flashing.

I don't think its monitor or video card related because of these other effects but I may be wrong.
Any insight or help would be greatly appreciated.


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#1
December 28, 2010 at 12:43:39

You computer probably has been infected by a zombie bot. What happens when you go into task manager? What anti-virus are you running?

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#2
December 28, 2010 at 14:48:04

In task managaer there are no other tasks running then the ones i have open. The processes look normal though there are about 4 svchost.exe and i don't know if that is normal (2- System, 1- Network Service, 1-Local Service). They aren't taking up much cpu only like 1 or 2 percent and not for a long time. I have avg antivirus free version.

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#3
June 30, 2011 at 03:47:46

when i go to a program or internet the sms thing comes up and it never has a message or anything. i go thru the motions and clear it but it is really annoying. how do i stop it but reatain it if it is truely advantages to have this feature and have it only notify me when thats the case?

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