I've had my acer aspire zg5 for nearly 2 years. It's just recently started making grinding/ juddering noise at first just on tv streaming, videos, audio books etc but now on all processes from start up to clicking on links or opening documents etc. It is also performing a lot slower.
I've run a virus scan through AVG 9.0 and it's clean. I've done a disk clean up and it said it was compressing unnecessary files so I cancelled it (I'd done one not so long ago so that's not surprising)
Most recent software I installed was audile.co.uk's audible manager - a tool for downloading audio books from their site. The noises started after that but uninstalling the software didn't fix the problem so I don't think it's that.
Finally, I gave it a good clean with a wet wipe type cloth all over incl between the keys and blew between them and where the fans are hoping to doslodge any dust. Since this it has made the noise twice while I've used the internet but certainly seems improved.
Any ideas how to stop it entirely? Could it just be coincidence that it has improved after a clean?
Need to know whether to back up everything and poss replce the hard drive as one techie friend has suggested. Also he said it could be dust (hence the clean) but that if it was a solid state hard drive I wouldn't be able to fix that - I can't any info to say whether this mode is SSD or not...