Happy Friday! I hope this newsletter finds everyone happy and healthy. This week's topic is about Alan's spooky and mysterious PC, which on its own does some intense internal computing even when nothing is active. And he wants to know what it could be!
Well, if it were my guess, Alan, it would be all the restless ghosts and goblins prepping for Halloween. Ha! But disregard my silly guess, as we have a bunch of helpful members with tricks and treats in this week's discussion. They are offering what they believe could be the cause of all that unexplained activity. I have a few selected member responses in the Q&A section, but please do read them all. And Alan, if none of those great answers seems to help explain those mysterious activities in your machine, well then--maybe my guess isn't too silly after all.
Have a great weekend and a happy Halloween everyone! Thanks for your continued contributions to helping others out in this community. You are all superstars!
Q: What's with all the activity on my PC, when I'm not doing anything? Good Day, I have a Gateway GT5428 computer, running Windows
Vista Home premium that works reasonably well for all my
needs. Recently it has started doing some intense internal
work while connected to the Internet and while sitting
inactive for hours. What could be causing all of the apparent
computing when nothing is active? I have shut off every non
important program that I can find in MSCONFIG but still it
sounds overly busy. Is finally goes quiet if disconnected
from the internet for about 10 minutes or more. I have
scanned it with every conceivable software to see if there is
something odd inside but I can't find anything out of the
ordinary. I am running Avast free antivirus and it has never
suggested anything wrong.
Q: Do you have the right weapons to deal with spam and phishing scams? Those of us, myself included, who are aware of what is happening in our world, realize that we are subjected to information overload that is increasing with each passing day. This occurs daily on our computers as we receive unsolicited e-mails, all of which use marketing techniques and deceptive psychology to seduce us into reading and responding to messages sent to us. The cleverness seems to defeat our spam filters and the like. The situation is really terrible, and we need weapons to fight back. What methods appear to hold the most promise for dealing with this unique and ubiquitous cancer?