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My taskbar keeps freezing -- please could you help?

by scorpion_deathlock / May 10, 2007 5:12 AM PDT

This has been happening for the past few days now. Everytime I go on my computer, about 10 to 30 minutes after logging in, the taskbar freezes. Nothing can be accessed from the taskbar from there on. When I put the cursor over the 'Start' button, it doesnt get highlighted and even if I click on it, it doesnt bring up the start-up menu. I've also noticed that, while the taskbar is frozen and I'm on the internet, if I click on a link that opens a new window - it opens but the window doesnt get displayed in the taskbar. So I have to press 'alt+tab' to switch between the different windows in the taskbar. Also my computer does get a little slow whenever this happens, but hardly a case to mention. In fact, I dont think this the speed reduction is related to this taskbar problem, it could be a case of just looking into it too much. But Please could you help, does anyone know what it could be?

P.S - My operating system is Windows XP

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Tell us what you use to remove spyware and pests.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 10, 2007 10:34 PM PDT

Today's pests are very widespread so how do you detect and remove them?


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by kylelizardgreen2 / May 11, 2007 11:43 AM PDT

There are many pests out there and one of them is taskbar "takeover" pests. Make sure you have Microsofts Service pack 2 and Microsofts Windows Defender.If you don't like Microsoft, which I feel is "not good enough" try out Spybot Search and Destroy or a combination of S&D and spywareblaster. They are both free. is is good place to start looking for things to help. You have a trojan and they are getting worse these days. You may have to temporarily disable system restore to get rid of them. After cleaning, enable system restore.

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Did you get it solved?
by drakes30 / May 14, 2007 11:17 PM PDT
In reply to: pests

My computer has exactly the same symptoms as you describe and like the date of your post, my problems just started a few weeks ago.

Any ideas? I've searched online quite a bit.

I'd rather not re-format my hard drive, but this is appearing to be an issue.

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