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Why Does My Typing STOP on Screen...Then Appear?

by Confed / August 31, 2006 12:15 PM PDT

It happens typing OUTLOOK messages or messages on online forums. I'll be typing and suddenly everything freezes; but I keep on typing and about 5-8 seconds later the characters suddenly catch up.

Seems this began after a recent Windows XP update, but I don't know. I've experienced it on my laptop as well, but since some of the same software is installed, could be that. I have VCom's Fix-It 6, but don't know whether that could be the problem or not. Oooops...did it just now.

I hate it.

Thanks for any assistance!

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One common source is an unconnected...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2006 12:17 PM PDT

Ethernet port. At regular intervals of about 10 minutes (this is programmable but this is the stock value) Windows will issue a DHCP request and wait for an answer. Sometimes this is noticed as a delay.

Fix? In the device manager, disable the unused device.


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Another possibility
by john_mcdoogle / August 31, 2006 12:26 PM PDT

You may be seeing the signs of a keylogger that's been slipped onto your system.

Couldn't hurt to run a few malware scans on your system, especially if you're using Outlook for your email client.

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Still Doing It
by Confed / August 31, 2006 12:55 PM PDT

Thank you for your answers. I have SpySweeper installed, too, and sometimes I wonder if that could be the problem. Anyway, I do regular scans.

Nothing mentioned so far seems to be the culprit, but I'm opened to more suggestions. I have two Ethernet ports, but only my active one is, well, active. And it doesn't happen all the time, just often enough to be a pain. I'd also like to make double sure it isn't a keylogger. Maybe I should turn off my virus scan or switch to Norton.

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Not enough
by john_mcdoogle / September 1, 2006 3:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Still Doing It

A single malware scanner just isn't enough. You should add one or two of the other free ones to your list and see what things Spysweeper is missing.

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Active is fine, but the other must be disabled or..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2006 3:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Still Doing It

The delay occurs in some machines.

You can also scan with EWIDO and HOUSECALL (both are free ) to eject what they find.


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and your computer is?
by jonah jones / August 31, 2006 8:45 PM PDT

Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem.

you may be running too many programs or you don't have enough RAM, or a small HD or a slow CPU...



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Similar problem
by SaltyIrishBloak / September 18, 2016 11:05 PM PDT
In reply to: and your computer is?

I'm having a similar problem with a pc I just built, at first I thought it was because I cloned my software so I ended just paying for Windows 10. I have 16gb of ram, i5 processor, z97 pc mate motherboard. I uninstalled Norton which made the lag not last as long but it still stops for about a second. Any other ideas? I've run several scans but it's a fresh pc, nothing came up.

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I'd avoid posts like this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2016 11:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Similar problem

It's been 10 years since they posted so they may not answer. Try a new top post.

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by NickMets7 / September 1, 2006 2:58 AM PDT

This problem appears regularly on my father's computer, but he refuses to upgrade till Vista comes out Happy

Anyway, the problem is your lack of RAM, or an outdated CPU, or you are running too many programs in the background like my dad is. If you want this problem to go away you're going to need to upgrade some of your computer's components.

Finally, of course the culprit could be some sort of spyware/malware. Run TrendMicro's free (and very effective) Housecall scan. It's free, and shouldn't take more than an hour.

Hope this helps

- Nick

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