On Feb 27, 9:32 pm, Mensanator <mensana...@aol.com> wrote: > 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).
Jeez ... that's just ASKING for trouble. How was that ever enabled?