some problems with my computers

United States
September 19, 2010 7:06pm CST
does anyone here have any troubles with ur computers? sometimes one of my computers makes really weird noises and then it sometimes runs extremely slow or freezes.. is this a sign that it might have a virus on it or something? please help me with this.. thanks!
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@Vick77 (486)
• Mexico
20 Sep 10
If there are noises, like little metallic hits or little "clanks" is there a possibility of your hard drive is damaged, or about to suffer a damage, first I recommend make a backup of your files for avoid lost them in case the HDD fails. Then you can check if really the hard drive is causing those noises, it could be sign it is about to die....
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
20 Sep 10
Yeah recently had some freezing issues with my computer, and there was also a blue screen after reboot everyone told me that I had nothing to worry about. and I'm fairly confident that they were right, though I still think my desktop could have a virus and if thats the case there doesn't seem to be much I can do about computer viruses accept get virus protection, but most of the good virus software's out there cost hefty fee's. Though you can get some virus protection free at cnet website, and a few other sites then scan your system and delete or move virus to safe vault. Other then doing a virus scan the only other option is to remove virus yourself but you really have to understand computers to do that I've removed a couple of viruses myself a few months back, but I think the last and best option is to take your computer to be serviced by a real professional computer maintenance person to avoid any mistakes trying to do it yourself, but of course that can be pricey too.
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• India
20 Sep 10
does it runs slow always or at a particular time. slowness may be due to many reasons-virus, over filled c drive, low ram etc. and of making weird noises.... does it make noise only during startup or during running also. is the noise like beeping? if its beeping then problem is with your ram.
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@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
20 Sep 10
The slowness could be coming from either a virus/ resource intensive app that you are running or having to many start up programs as this is a common thing now days to have. It could laos be that a CPU fan is out and your CPU is getting hot and for what ever reason your computer isn't restarting which could be a motherboard not having a monitor for that. Intel CPu's have been known to be able to stay running under conditions when an AMD would be catching on fire. So if you are running intel check to make sure it isn't hardware first as this is an easier fix sometimes than just seeing if a virus is their or not. Then defrag Disk CLean up maybe add RAM if everything from the CPU fan working to the virus scan being clean and after you defrag and disk clean up. If it is still slow you need to add more ram.
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@sconibear (8003)
• United States
20 Sep 10
I don't know if it's the same thing, but a few years ago my computer started to make weird noises.....kind of a grinding sound, and it kept getting slower and slower. Turns out those were the sounds of my hard drive burning up....which it finally did. Fortunately, a friend installed a new hard drive for only $20.00 and thankfully I wrote down all my programs and things on my desktop that I wanted to reinstall later. You say "one of your computers"......you should back up all your stuff to disc or to one of your other computers just in case.
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@alaskanray (4642)
• United States
20 Sep 10
I don't know about the noises but if it's slow, always check that you're maintaining it properly. Start with the "Disk Cleanup". I usually follow that with my Spybot (you can download this program for free from cnet) and my Antivirus scan. Once all that is done, DEFRAG!!! Your defragmenter is found in ProgramsAccessoriesSystem Tools, same place as the Disk Cleanup. If none of this fixes the problem, you may have to reformat your hard drive. If you don't know how to do this, see if your friends do and then if you still can't get it done, call the Computer Service. Always use the computer doctor as a last resort as they are very expensive. Good luck!
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@Ramaditya (1227)
• Indonesia
20 Sep 10
You said sometimes? Did it mean not everytime your computer ran slower? If so, please check the hardware first, especially the fan inside the computer, because you said you heard noise sound, it could be caused by the broken fan. If it does not work, try re-formatting your hard drive (backup the necessary data first) and let's see what happens. Or, you may scan with the latest antivirus or anti-spyware before doing so.
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@genius277 (535)
• Indonesia
20 Sep 10
your computer slow can be caused by many problem.First your RAM is overload try restarting,Second you have active spyware in your system try scanning with updated antivirus or antispyware/malware.Third When is the last time you defrag your hardisk,then defrag and clean up your harddisk.Maybe that will correct the problem.
• Vietnam
20 Sep 10
Hi lifeafterdeath09 ! This trouble has many causes, if your computer has virus, use antivirus to solve the problem. May be hardward can cause this problem, inlucding Fan doesn't work, the CPU is overheat or RAM (you can change your RAM between your holds).
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@vamp6x6x6x (1220)
• United States
20 Sep 10
Slowness can be a sign of a virus, but most of the time it is a virtual memory thing so make sure every so often you restart your computer and remember the Firefox web browser takes up a lot of virtual memory the longer it runs without restarting it.
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• India
21 Sep 10
Slow running is definitely due to virus, you must get a good antivirus like Avira installed, sounds might be due to some parts over heating or may be loose bolts on the fans, please check it.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always, cheers. Professor. .
@Hatley (149361)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Sep 10
lifeafterdeath hi my computer slows way down during the time my virus program is scanning my computer. I have fire fox and Thunderbird both mozilla things. and if you use more than one window on Thunderbird it sop so you must use its tabs instead and it will not slow or freeze your computer.It helps if you compact your email once in awhile and also delete anything you no longer need or wish to keep .also defrag your computer often to have more usable space,
@celticeagle (109419)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 10
Yes, it sure could. Do you do maintenance on your computer every few days? THis can really speed up your computer. I do a disk cleanup and defrag every month. I also took off alot of the start up applications. I do a event viewer and temporary files clean up daily. Also take off the history and cookies too. This all cleans up the computer and makes it move alot faster.
• Philippines
20 Sep 10
I think you should have a checkup with your computer because its just a small problem compare with mine. I think its just a virus,it can be remove from your computer.
• Philippines
20 Sep 10
i think there is something wrong with your computer because maybe there's a virus. I think you try to have a checkup with your computer because that's a small prob compare with mine.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
20 Sep 10
weird noise could be the fans and they probably need to be cleaned I know I should but hardly ever do is clean out the inside of the puter ever so often
@walkie (7)
• Turkey
20 Sep 10
1- Run combofix in safe mode. 2- might be a problem "RAM" 3- The fan is not working. check this it.
• India
20 Sep 10
Restart to this computer
• India
20 Sep 10
if harddisk making noise then its sector is corrupted time to change hard disk ..... thats why some time it gets freeze ...... running slow means there is a virus in your PC. when did you format your computer?
@Sidoghosh (174)
• India
20 Sep 10
There can be many reasons Malware attacks (virus and Trojans),Slow processor speed which is unable to handle multiple parallel processes causing either a starvation or deadlocks among programs ,Lack of RAM.My advice is back up all your files .Do you a virus check ,If malware is detected then try to remove it otherwise do a hard disk format of your C:/ drive after finishing the backup of files.