Solved Computer Freezes/Hangs.. I have to start Task Manager to fix

October 1, 2012 at 20:20:24
Specs: Windows 7
So today my computer booted up and I noticed it was taking a while until I can actually click on anything to start. After it wasn't able to start, I open up task manager. I don't do anything with it, but somehow my issue is fixed temporarily.

I've run a full malwaryebytes scan as well as AVG. I also checked for corrupted files with the SFC /Scannow command. I also defragmented my drive and ran CC cleaner.

No solution. Any fixes out there?


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October 2, 2012 at 22:22:03
You guys won't believe this. Before I tell you, I want to thank both of you for sticking through this with me and trying to resolve my issue. I will try to contribute to this website as much as I can since you guys have been very kind and showed eagerness to resolve my problem.

So, I was looking through some other forum posts about my same exact issue. I found a thread in which lot of people were experiencing the same exact issue as mine. Further down the thread, somebody mentioned their mouse causing the problem. The next post someone mentioned this,

"Hey. I had the same problem and it turned out to be a constantly-pressed side button of the mouse."

Upon reading this, a great giant nuke of a light bulb came on in my head and I realized that the issue began occurring ever since my side mouse button began acting up. What the problem was with the mouse is that I would barely touch it and the page I was browsing would go back a page. I also experienced this in teamspeak where my microphone button was lit up even though I was not pressing the button. I pressed the button to try to turn off the open microphone I had but no luck. At that moment I muted my microphone and thought nothing of it.

I tried replicating the issue by hitting ctrl+alt+delete and canceling task manager so that I have no hang/freeze occurring at the moment. I go open up a browser, go forward a couple pages. I quickly hover my mouse over the bottom right notification icons to make sure everything still works. Then I hit the mouse button. I hover down in the bottom right and viola..the freeze occurred.

Funny thing about the mouse thing, I actually ordered a new mouse to replace my current mouse before realizing my fix to the issue.

Once again, thank you both for the kind help!



#1
October 1, 2012 at 21:31:54
you can start by removing uneeded startup items. A real useful FREE tool for that is WinPatrol, no need to buy it....like I said....use the FREE one:
http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html

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#2
October 1, 2012 at 21:46:57
I haven't tried your solution yet, but I wanted to add the the hanging or freeze ups occur even after the system has been booted for a while. Sometimes when browsing with firefox or IE, the system tray icons on the bottom right can't be clicked nor the start icons and such. I would have to hit ctrl alt and delete to open up task manager. Then the issue is fixed. Sorry for restating part of what I already said.

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#3
October 1, 2012 at 21:52:25
Try these 2 FULLY working free trials and run them till they run clean:
1- trojan Remover
http://www.simplysup.com/tremover/d...
2- hitman pro
http://www.surfright.nl/en/downloads

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#4
October 1, 2012 at 23:39:57
I've winPatrol and removed a couple start up processes. I also ran trojan remover which said everything was fine. I also tried hitman pro which showed me some suspicious files, and so I removed those. Now I will wait to see if it occurs again.

Tomorrow morning I will continue troubleshooting and try running a repair with my installation disc as well as running some of my anti-virus/malware programs in safe mode.


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#5
October 2, 2012 at 06:32:07
So I tried all the things I listed and nothing has worked.

Also, I forgot to mention that when the computer hangs/freezes and I'm in a browser, I can still navigate the browser fine..its just the desktop and taskbar are not responsive


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#6
October 2, 2012 at 07:15:20
When was the last time you cleared your browser files?

Download and run Ccleaner Slim cleaner module. Get it from the link below.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...


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#7
October 2, 2012 at 07:33:23
I already ran CC cleaner

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#8
October 2, 2012 at 08:13:12
I think I might just have to reinstall windows. It doesn't seem to be a process, a virus, malware, bad drivers, or anything I installed. I've looked around and people with similar problems found their solution because they installed something and then uninstalled something. From the date this started, I have not installed anything recent.

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#9
October 2, 2012 at 08:20:20
Try running a hard drive fitness test on your hard drive.

Also run memtest86.


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#10
October 2, 2012 at 09:54:49
So I encountered the problem when I was in the win7 installation disk trying to run a repair. It wouldn't let me select anything just like how the problem was when I was on my desktop. I knew I couldn't go into task manager but I pressed the Ctrl + alt + delete key and then clicked on the screen again and then I was able to select an option. I'm starting to worry that it's a hardware issue. Would that be something that could cause such a malfunction though?

Could you provide me with a link to the memtest86, I found one but I wasn't sure if it were the right one. It was an iso file and I couldn't get it to work when I mounted it.


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October 2, 2012 at 10:30:22

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#12
October 2, 2012 at 13:04:21
Is anyone familiar which a utility possibly from microsoft that compares your files (using the install disc) compared to your files to see if everything is there that needs to be there? My professor suggested it but couldn't recall the name.

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#13
October 2, 2012 at 13:29:57

The SFC /Scannow command that you said you already ran basically does that.

The files on the disk will never match the installation exactly because of service packs and updates that have been installed.

What type of install disk do you have? Restore disks or full version? If full version you can perform a repair installation which keeps all your personal files and installed programs but you would need to re-install any service packs & updates.

Did you run a hard drive fitness test & memtest?

If the problem lies somewhere in Windows I would venture it is with something running in task manager.

You may just have too many things running at start up.

You should post your full specs.


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#14
October 2, 2012 at 13:46:57
I have the full disk. How would I go about doing a repair installation?

I couldn't find a fitness test and I couldn't get memtest to install.

I stripped task manager down one by one as well as disabling all services non-microsoft already, didn't seem to do anything. I also removed non-essential start up programs.


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#15
October 2, 2012 at 13:49:17
I found a neat guide for the repair installation. I will try it out later tonight.

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#16
October 2, 2012 at 14:11:34
Go to Hitachi website and get thier fitness test. Supposed to work on all brands.

Memtest runs from a bootable CD or Flash drive. You download the ISO and burn it to disk.

You are going about things haphazardly. You must eliminate any possible hardware issues before you go re-installing Windows.


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#17
October 2, 2012 at 21:39:42
So I did a repair install. Issue is still happening. I swapped out my RAM sticks for another set I had. Nothing worked. I might just have to re-format both my drives and re-install windows from scratch. This is a bummer. It will be a real bummer if the problem persists afterwards still. What else besides RAM could cause the issue I'm experiencing?

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#18
October 2, 2012 at 22:22:03
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You guys won't believe this. Before I tell you, I want to thank both of you for sticking through this with me and trying to resolve my issue. I will try to contribute to this website as much as I can since you guys have been very kind and showed eagerness to resolve my problem.

So, I was looking through some other forum posts about my same exact issue. I found a thread in which lot of people were experiencing the same exact issue as mine. Further down the thread, somebody mentioned their mouse causing the problem. The next post someone mentioned this,

"Hey. I had the same problem and it turned out to be a constantly-pressed side button of the mouse."

Upon reading this, a great giant nuke of a light bulb came on in my head and I realized that the issue began occurring ever since my side mouse button began acting up. What the problem was with the mouse is that I would barely touch it and the page I was browsing would go back a page. I also experienced this in teamspeak where my microphone button was lit up even though I was not pressing the button. I pressed the button to try to turn off the open microphone I had but no luck. At that moment I muted my microphone and thought nothing of it.

I tried replicating the issue by hitting ctrl+alt+delete and canceling task manager so that I have no hang/freeze occurring at the moment. I go open up a browser, go forward a couple pages. I quickly hover my mouse over the bottom right notification icons to make sure everything still works. Then I hit the mouse button. I hover down in the bottom right and viola..the freeze occurred.

Funny thing about the mouse thing, I actually ordered a new mouse to replace my current mouse before realizing my fix to the issue.

Once again, thank you both for the kind help!


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#19
October 3, 2012 at 06:49:12
Well, we are glad to hear you solved the problem. I stated above you needed to solve any hardware issues before going into re-installing. All is well that ends well.

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