computer keeps crashing

  jcks007 10:08 16 Jul 08

my desktop has recently started to freeze or just reset when it feels like it.

it's about three years old now, running xp. i havn't installed anything new that i know of, and it doesn't have any particular programme it does it on. it just does it.

anyone know what i should be looking for as far as casues go before i have to get an IT man in or (god forbid) a new computer.

  iqs 10:15 16 Jul 08

,Checkdisk,Registry Scan,Virus Scan,have you tried these tools???

  birdface 10:54 16 Jul 08

Make sure the air vents are clear of dust and fluff.If so inside will probably need cleaning as well.Or maybe a system restore to a date before you had the problems.Not the Zone Alarm problem that is going about is it.It might be the PSU on its way out.

  jcks007 10:56 16 Jul 08

whats the zone alarm problem? I do use that.

No i havn't tried anything. i don't know what i'm doing. i will try those now.

  User-1229748 11:15 16 Jul 08

thisclick here says something about the zone alarm problem

  iqs 12:17 16 Jul 08

this might help,look at Maintenance tasks that improve performance

click here

  nosharpe 12:29 16 Jul 08

Is your harddrive reaching capacity?
If so, delete what you can.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:34 16 Jul 08

FReeezing PC

1. Overheat due to faulty / blocked fans

2. PSU voltages

3. Household power surges fridge etc switching on/off

4. faulty memory stick try memtest click here

5. virus or spyware scan for both especially if shutting down with in a few minutes of switch on or internet use

6. driver conflicts especially grahics cards get the latest drivers for your equipment

  woodchip 20:39 16 Jul 08

As above it may need a good clean inside it

  katkins 19:25 17 Jul 08

I've found that some toolbars can cause this prob and some of them seem to get dowloaded with Third Party software <b>updates</b> such as your ISP, Readers and Media Players without the operator being fully aware.

Check your browser for any sneak toolbars.

IE is known to be a problematic browser and I find it is particularly prone to freeze-ups and hangings whereas Firefox and Opera don't to anything like to the same degree.

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