On Feb 27, 2:24 pm, Jonathan Groves <JGro...@Kaplan.edu> wrote: > Dear All, > > I have been extremely frustrated with my computer > lately since it's becoming less and less reliable. > It froze up on me a couple of weeks ago, this past weekend, > several days ago, and now twice so far today! > I am about to begin teaching math online for > Kaplan University, and the math courses (and many > others too--not just math) use live seminars, > and I am beginning to get very worried that this > new computer of mine will suddenly freeze up on me > in the middle of a seminar or in the middle of office > hours with a student. Kaplan may be willing to > forgive me if it happens once, but they definitely > won't keep me if it continues to happen. > And this computer might threaten other future online > teaching jobs. I need some jobs for a while to save > some money so that I can later apply for tenure-track > positions elsewhere; I don't have the money right now > to move anywhere else. I don't have a car, and teaching > jobs here in Clarksville, TN, are limited right now since > the only college here has nothing open right now. > > And because of these problems with freezing up, > I had to turn off the computer manually (since I cannot get > the thing to respond to my commands to shut down; in some cases > where I could, the computer won't shut off--even after I had > waited for more than an hour!), so that is > another concern: Problems with damaging the computer > permanently. If these problems continue to force me > to do so, I might damage this thing for good! > > My old computer is much more reliable, but I don't think > it's fast enough for online teaching. So I would like > to try, if possible, to continue using this one. > > I remember seeing that FinallyFast.com offers free > performance tests; though the commercial directly > addresses only those whose computers are slow (mine isn't), > I do remember them saying that the test can detect > adware, spyware, and other junk files that cause even > fast computers to freeze up and crash.
I don't know anything about FindFast, but such malware (all the above plus viruses and Trojans) can do this.
I was plagued by this and symptoms included being locked out of the Task Manager and the Control Panel. Once I cleared these up, most of my problems went away. Note, I aquired these even though I had an anti-virus program running. I have had to implement further security (turning off a lot of Internet Explorer options, the most notable being not allowing ActiveX items to be installed automatically). I get pop-ups explaining that such-and-such ActiveX control cannot be installed from EVERYWHERE, good sites and bad. This prevents certain good things from happening, such as playing a video directly in a web page, but it hasn't allowed anything bad to happen.
> > Does FinallyFast.com work as well as it claims to? > If so, I would like to try to use it to see if it > can detect any junk on this computer that may be > causing it problems. > > Thank you for your answers. > > Jonathan Groves