My computer froze yesterday

@estherlou (5017)
United States
May 24, 2007 12:52am CST
I was on the computer cleaning out emails and on mylots for a couple of hours yesterday morning. Then I set my browser window to an auto-surf site I use to advertise a couple of web pages. Later in the afternoon, hubby tried to use the computer. There was a new program/file on the computer called WinAntivirusPro2007 that would pop up on start up and then the computer totally froze. I couldn't do a diagnostic, I couldn't do a start, uninstall, I couldn't do anything! ARGH! In talking to my son tonight, he recommended starting the computer in safe mode and then seeing if I could uninstall the weird program. It worked! I then ran our virus scan and found 2 viruses...one it quarantined, one was a malware with very low threat. The computer is still feeling sluggish, but I can actually use it now! What a trip! Thought for sure we were going to have to take it to the shop!
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@gewcew23 (8010)
• United States
24 May 07
Wow the same thing happened to me. I kept getting the same software popping up and I had to uninstall it I have an antivirus already and don't need another one. I told my husband I thought it was a virus. Thanks for confirming this I was going crazy. Also I have had a cleandiskdriver popup coming up have you had this? Thanks.
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@Spjutulf (238)
• Sweden
25 May 07
Glad you can use the computer again. But there is also the fact that autosurfs can somtimes freeze your computer because the sites dispalyed are trying to open something or break the autosurf.
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• United States
25 May 07
Yup, you always run your pc on safe mode. It really helps. Btw, which anti virus software are you using anyway? It should've blocked "WinAnti..." software automatically. I think you should change over to some other Anti virus software if you were using one or else get an anti virus software. And ya...do the auto-surf sites help? I mean do they pay off well? If so, could you please let me know off some! Thanks !
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• Switzerland
24 May 07
I had my computer infected a month back and it was a trojan attack. Although I managed to clean it up after days of effort, I did re-install the Operating System, just to be careful. Try to protect your computer and use a non-admin account for normal internet usage.
@maryannemax (12168)
• Sweden
24 May 07
i remember months back when my computer was also attacked by a trojan virus. my brother fixed it for me, too. but it took many hours to re install the operating system and my brother was annoyed since it always happens to my computer. hehe.
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@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
24 May 07
It is a big deal when our computers are incapacitated for any reason. I would hope that you know about where you got that virus and avoid them in the future. Avast antivirus has done well by me and am glad it catches things as I am working. Get rid of the malware if you can. Defrag also. Am glad you avoided the trip to the repair shop. Good luck in the future in your computing.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
27 May 07
Another thing I've noticed is that I'm getting tons of pop ups every few minutes and my pop up blocker is on the maximum! It's driving me nuts!
@flowerchilde (12534)
• United States
25 May 07
Wow.. glad it worked out.. :)
@Ravrockin (281)
• India
25 May 07
yes please go as soon as possible otherwise chances more damage will be increases
@rvchan (9)
• United States
25 May 07
Virus are a creepy thing indeed! In the past I have tried several free antivirus solutions. Some have mentioned avast (which I recommend). I'm not sure if anyone mentioned AVG antivirus (I'm not sure if this one is still free). Linux also has a free antivirus solution that is being used by big corporate offices! Search for ClamAV... they have a windows version. This software is what turned me on to using a linux distribution (Ubuntu) which is FREE! Let me know if you have any further questions and I'll be glad to help!
@ryanphil01 (4184)
• Philippines
24 May 07
these creepy adwares and spywares come into our computers through some auto surf programs. just to be sure that you have blocked pop-ups coming out.i had gone through this and the main cause were the viruses attacks. i had no choice but have it re formatted by a computer technician and had nod32 antivirus system installed in my pc. since then everything went on smoothly without experiencing the same.
@maryannemax (12168)
• Sweden
24 May 07
i am not much good when it comes to computers and i say, my computer froze many times, too... and mostly because of those pop ups. and so, my brother blocked pop ups. so, not much incidents like that now. but still, there are times when my computer froze and i don't know why and one thing's for sure, it's so irritating especially when you are doing something important.
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@Caila611 (992)
• United States
24 May 07
Mine wouldn't print anything and then froze. WHen i tried to reboot it it wouldn't reboot. I tured it off for few hours and then tried again. Voila!! It restarted. Not sure what the problem is but it happens quite often. Glad you didn't have to take yours in! I can't live without my computer!
• United States
24 May 07
it realy ruins my day when something like that happens howevefr i am lucky my son in law is the computer tech for several local companies and sine he built my computer he can also fix it for me for free
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
24 May 07
I discovered that there was a problem with my broadband connection earlier. It will take 24 hours for the company to fix it. Right now, I'm on dial up. I'm working like a turtle here. Imagine my frustration when I need to wait for a minute to load up a new page here. Its a good thing you have a good antivirus installed in your PC. I'm currently using Trend Micro from Zone Alarm and I like it.
@cynddvs (2949)
• United States
24 May 07
Sorry you had to go through all that. It's good that you were able to find those viruses. That's why I don't trust autosurf sites or anything where you have to download anything. There are too many viruses and spyware out there. Good luck with your computer.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
24 May 07
Hey I hear you. A couple of days ago I went threw something similar. It got me so aggraviated I wanted to threw it out the window.LOL Infact I did smack the computer and said there that will teach you. Im mean come on now Im talking to my computer.LOL I had to take down my computer 3 times that day. Then I talked to someone else and they were having the same problem. There must have been something in the air.LOL
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
24 May 07
Estherlou I have the free Antivir on here which will straight away catch them and let you know I also have downloaded Add ons from Firefox and I have Lavasoft Spyware I do not have a Problem with that sort of thing anymore and have not had for 2 years now Make sure that all the Pop up Blockers you have like IE Firefox are on I have also downloaded a free Firewall as as Windows one was letting things through
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@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
30 May 07
Well, sorry to hear that happened to you and I am so glad that it is ok now and don't need any repears anytime soon.
• United States
24 May 07
Glad it is working again. I used to be on first name basis with the Geek Squad as I was there so often.
@winterose (39895)
• Canada
24 May 07
I am glad to hear that it wasn't more serious than that. I have had to have my computer reformatted over some virus I picked up.
@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
24 May 07
I hate it when mine freezing up it scares me too. i'm lucky I have a friend that knows about computers if mine acts up.