System Hangs

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My system with a P4 processor and 1 Gig of RAM hangs quite often. I run Task Manager and it shows 100% of CPU use each time it hangs. This usually happens when opening or downloading PPS files. I'm running Kaspersky anti-virus and firewall.


Often these mysteries are caused by a fight between your anti-virus or firewall, and some other running task. In geeky terms, it's known as a "race condition", which can be thought of as two programs running neck-and-neck, each trying to beat the other to a solution (or into submission). Every step by one program triggers a defensive action by the other, and vice versa, ad nauseum, et cetera, film at 11.

I suggest you replace your current anti-virus and firewall software
and see if the problem goes away. I recommend Computer Associates eTrust Antivirus, which you can download and use free for one year.

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Posted by:

15 Dec 2005

I had a problem like that before and what I did to fix it was task tamer and it is a free program.

Posted by:

14 May 2007

I am using win 98, when I open two or more files my system either hangs or restart, I am using 128 MB ram, sometimes when I copy or paste system hangs or when I give a print command my system hangs. Please help me.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sounds like it's time for a reformat.

Posted by:

28 Jul 2007

The only reason my computer ever crashes is due to this. It has been happening a little less lately but it is truly annoying. My system is pretty beefy so i can't imagine it being a performance issue.

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21 Apr 2010

hello i m cristina, I am using win 98, when I susceptible two or solon files my group either hangs or preserve, I am using 128 MB ram, sometimes when I copy or condiment grouping hangs or when I cogitate a exposure enjoin my system hangs. Delight service me.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Well then by all means, stop cogitating your exposures! I hope you're delighted by my service.

Posted by:

16 Nov 2010

I mistakenly installed two anti virus programms on my pc.Now the problem is when i start my pc it works for 5 secs only but goes hang after that . I can format my pc but i don't wanna do that i got a lot of software installed on my pc. Now i dont have their backup file .

EDITOR'S NOTE: I would boot up in Safe Mode and try to uninstall one of them.

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