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My computer is getting hiccups

Somebody please help. I am running Windows XP SP1 and my computer kinds of gets still for half a second every 4-6 seconds. So whenever I am typing it misses a character or two every 4-6 seconds. When I am moving my mouse it gets stuck at a position for a second and then gets back to normal. This keeps on repeating.
Any directions would be appreciated.

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In reply to: My computer is getting hiccups

Guessing here, but perhaps the directional ball on your mouse is dirty.

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With the computer switched off, turn your keyboard upside down and shake it gently. You'd be surprised how much dust, crumbs can collect. Then clean the keys with a slightly damp cleaning cloth. Not wet, just slightly damp. Remove the mouse ball, and clean it, and clean the contacts inside the ball housing with white spirit or other alcohol based cleaner. Clean the pads on the underside of the mouse where it touches the mouse mat. Clean the mouse mat.

Viruses and other malware;

Do an online scan for viruses at, and set the scan to delete all viruses.

What anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-adware do you use? Have you updated their definitions recently and scanned your computer with them?

Do you have a firewall? If so, check its log for regular attempts to "phone home" by spyware.If you do not have a firewall, get one now.There are many good, free ones available.

Remote Users;

Right click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop. Click the "Remote" tab, and make sure that there is no tick in the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" option. If there is a tick, remove it, click "Apply" then "OK".

Event viewer;

Goto Start > Run, type in eventvwr.msc and click OK. Under Application and System look for regular entries every few seconds. Don't worry that there will be a large number of entries in these logs. You are looking for a regular event every few seconds. To check further, right click an event, and select "Properties" for more information.

I hope this helps.

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The web site for Trend Micro is

In addition to my suggestions above, check your System Tray, (the area where your clock is), for any programs running in the background that are communicating on the internet, eg Instant Messengers, Quicktime, RealPlayer, etc, and disable them from start-up.


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This didn't help

In reply to: Erratum

Thanks Mark for taking out so much time to write. I really appreciate that.
Actually I am using a laptop so there is no question of me cleaning the mouse ball. Also the problem isn't with keyboard either cause the problem occurs with both the keyboard and mouse. Yesterday I did a system restore and for the moment atleast my laptop is behaving fine. But I know it will trouble me again sometime later. There is no spyware as well since I recently installed Windows. Event viewer doesn't reveal anything happening every 4-6 seconds. Thanks.

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The fact that System Restore has (apparently) cured the problem leads me to think that you did have something nasty on there.

Can I ask, why did you do a System Restore? What I mean is, had you loaded some program or other recently which System Restore has now removed?

If so, then perhaps it was that program that was causing the freeze-ups

I still think you need a suite of anti-malware protection. Spyware isn't the only problem you have to think of. You need anti-virus and anti-adware protection as well, "and" a firewall, and anti-spyware applications do not usually do well against viruses or adware.

But, I'm pleased you got your problem solved.

Good luck


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see as I predcted it came back again. Look at myletters am missing tters in between. That isbecause m computer stills for a second beforet resums again nd it oks like its aninfinite loop. Doesn't want to stop. Sorry for the spelling mistakes but thmight help y understand wat the problem is. I don't eally think it's an issue spyware or malwae but if you say so which programould I use? Actually ths is now drivingme nuts. Pleas elp
Thank you soooo much

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