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Programs Not Responding

by ozican / March 5, 2005 4:42 AM PST

Can someone tell me why a program stops responding, it seems lately it is happening all the time. Is there anything I can do to stop this happening?

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Could be a lot of things
by Yew / March 5, 2005 5:59 AM PST

But my first guess, would be spyware. It's an ever increasing problem, and all you're seeing now is amature hour. It's going to get a LOT worse in times to come.

Pick your favorite search engine and start reading up on links that crop up for "spyware removal". And be sure to stop using IE, and make Mozilla Firefox or Opera your new browser of choice.

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Please no more "safe" browser is safe !
by viperone / March 5, 2005 6:29 AM PST
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There could be lots of reasons...
by viperone / March 5, 2005 6:57 AM PST

Hi there !

Some thoughts...

Is your OS updated ?
Do you have an updated AV-program installed and have you scanned recently ?
Do you have a spywarescanner installed ?
Have you done a disc-cleanup ?
Have you done a defrag ?
When checking your tasklist (right-clicking on the bottom of your screen) there any odd/bad EXE?s is some help to identify them....

Good luck Happy

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Non-responding Programs
by rattlinbones / March 5, 2005 9:37 AM PST

Sounds like a virus to me.

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by ozican / March 5, 2005 11:00 PM PST

Thank you for all the suggestions
What I have done:
I have Nortons System works running, and scans weekly
I have spybot, which I run about once a week
I have Win XP
I have automatic updates
I have run scan disk
Would like to hear from everyone again with other suggestions

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(NT) (NT) w/o Norton, list five or more anti-parasite suits used
by Cursorcowboy / March 6, 2005 2:58 AM PST
In reply to: Thanx
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by ozican / March 6, 2005 3:12 AM PST

im sorry i dont understand

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He means
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 6, 2005 4:20 AM PST
In reply to: ??

how do you protect your computer from hackers, viruses, spyware, and adware?

You need a firewall to keep out hackers, an anti-virus program, (updated and regularly used to scan your computer) to keep out viruses.

You need 2 or 3 anti-spyware programs, similarly updated and scans done regularly to keep out spyware, and an anti-aware program for adware.

If you have none of these, your computer is very much at risk, and your programs may well be infected, as well as many other things these malware can do.


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by ozican / March 6, 2005 6:32 AM PST
In reply to: He means

I have a firewall, my anti virus is set for auto update and auto-protect enabled.
I just have the one spyware program "Spybot"
Boy, its getting that its hardly worth using the internet. I met my husband over the internet 3 years ago, so ive always used it for research etc.

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Ahhh, that's nice
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 6, 2005 8:03 PM PST
In reply to: Spyware

Meeting your husband over the internet is what it is all about.

I agree Ozican that the internet is becoming more and more problematical, but with care you can keep your computer safe and clean.

You already have a firewall, anti-virus and Spybot Seearch & Destroy, and thats all good.

For spyware we recommend a 2 pronged defence system. In addition to Spybot, you could also download and install SpywareBlaster from , and when installed, update it's definitions and "Enable all protection". It works in the background, and doesn't need scanning as the other anti-malware programs do. It complements Spybot nicely.

Also, some of us are beta testing Microsoft's AntiSpyware program, and we have few problems with it so far.

For adware, you may want to consider downloading and installing an anti-adware program like Ad-Aware SE Personal from , updating the definitions and scanning with it.

Keep your Windows uptodate with all critical updates.

And finally, you could consider using a different browser to Internet Explorer. The favorite at the moment is Firefox from , and is considered more secure than IE. Just retain IE for windows updates.

Good luck


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Re: Programs Not Responding
by JJ / March 6, 2005 6:56 AM PST

The reason why programs stop responding is that there are errors written in to the operating system and or program.

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