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Computer acting weird: certain things not working like they should or at all

So lately I've noticed some things about my computer that I need help on. So just to let you all know; my birthday was last month, and I have a brand new desk that places the hard drive inside the drawer instead of on top the desk. Because of its size, I can't close the door. Also, before all of this, we got a new router from Netgear. I'm very doubtful they are connected to these issues. But I'm telling you all this just in case.

So a couple weeks ago, my computer has been acting odd:

- From the internet side of things, I would either have to turn off my add ons and reopen my browser, or restart completely, just to go on Youtube and Gmail. Thats been happening rarely now, but it can happen. Any idea why?

- Windows Defender couldn't finish a full scan. It would stop at 31666-- items, so at the 2 1/2 hour mark. I had to go into safe mode just to do it and finish the whole scan, and it didn't find anything. So what could be stopping it from completing normally? No, I have not run it again under normal.

- Windows Media Player has not been working in regards to playing videos. I would normally play a playlist from a folder, but now it won't even open. I would need to go to my Task Manager just to shut it down so it would stop. It seems like it can only play songs, but thats based on it listing them when I manage to get it open. No, I have not tried playing any on it.

- One of the first things that happened before the rest was with my Adobe Reader not opening at all. I had to remove it entirely so I could open my PDF files on my Reader.

Everything else is all good, but i don't understand any of the things I listed. I'm gonna need a helping hand. Please.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    iBUYPOWER
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 (4th Generation)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GTX 650
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer S232HL
    Hard Drives
    SATA III
    Internet Speed
    Ping: 35, Download: 472.91, Upload: 22.86 (as of 6/26/20)
    Browser
    Firefox (IE installed also)
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, Windows Defender
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    iBUYPOWER
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 (4th Generation)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GTX 650
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer S232HL
    Hard Drives
    SATA III
    Internet Speed
    Ping: 35, Download: 472.91, Upload: 22.86 (as of 6/26/20)
    Browser
    Firefox (IE installed also)
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, Windows Defender
Could be a ton of things. If you can still go into safe mode there may still be hope. Make sure Adobe Flash is completely removed. Make sure you have an updated Java script even if you use Google. Make sure your browsers are updated. In fact, make sure you're caught up on all your updates. Check your start menu and see what you don't need running and loading every time you start your PC. My advice? Ditch Windows Media Player. Use VLC. RUN Disc Cleanup. Check your msconfig to see what you have running there that could be giving you trouble. This can be very time consuming but sometimes it's worth the trouble. All you need to do is hide windows services and then disable all the other programs. Then put a check mark in each program you want to run each time you reboot your PC. Eventually you will find what is hogging your resources and you can determine how much you really need that program running in your start ups or how much you need it at all. Run your Windows Trouble shooter. Oh, there is so much you can do! You can have fun all day and night making all these system checks or... You can reinstall Windows. The choice is completely yours! 🙂
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10, Linux Mint and more
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD 3800X, Intel 6900K
    Motherboard
    X99 E-WS USB 3.1, CROSSHAIR HERO VIII
    Memory
    128 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR, 32 GB TEAM GROUP T FORCE
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 1070, SAPPHIRE RX 590 NITRO+
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG 32"
    Screen Resolution
    4K
    Hard Drives
    :::GRINS::: SERIOUSLY?
    PSU
    CORSAIR 1000 W PLATINUM
    Case
    THERMAL TAKE / AZZA
    Cooling
    NOCTUA / CM
    Keyboard
    LOGITECH PRODIGY
    Mouse
    LOGITECH
    Internet Speed
    360 Kbs
    Browser
    FIREFOX
    Antivirus
    KASPERSKY
    Other Info
    PC builder. Own a dozen PCs / built hundreds. All of us have a lot to learn. Some of us stand to learn more than others and those who think they know the most generally know the least. I'm here to learn and pass on what little I know.

Bree

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a couple weeks ago, my computer has been acting odd

This question was asked nearly a year ago, but if you still have problems then try running SFC /ScanNow ....


...if it reports errors it cannot fix, then you may also need to run DISM's RestoreHealth option.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    8.1
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hyper-V
This question was asked nearly a year ago, but if you still have problems then try running SFC /ScanNow ....


...if it reports errors it cannot fix, then you may also need to run DISM's RestoreHealth option.

Thx man, this was resoled a year ago.

I do have a VLC player issue(s) in another thread if you have any ideas.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    iBUYPOWER
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 (4th Generation)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GTX 650
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer S232HL
    Hard Drives
    SATA III
    Internet Speed
    Ping: 35, Download: 472.91, Upload: 22.86 (as of 6/26/20)
    Browser
    Firefox (IE installed also)
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, Windows Defender

TechnoMage

Active Member
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Well, it does make us wonder, when you resolve a problem and don't come back and mark you thread SOLVED.
Cheers mate!
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64
lol I can see how this post might have been difficult to dignify with a response. Not enough information can make some things seem "untouchable". It's like trying to solve half an equation. First thing I would have suggested would be to try System Restore on the off chance that it still worked. If it did I would then suggest that a full virus scan be employed. After that was done and assuming all went well I would have further suggested that all Windows updates be attempted. Assuming this went smoothly (which would already be assuming to a considerable extent) I would recommend disc cleanup to clean out old system files and .old files in the event any existed. SFC/SCANNOW and DISM would be considerably further down the list but a worthy consideration. After all that was done I'd greatly encourage a Windows Backup be made. Of course, this is to assume that the external hard drive our friend seemed to be making reference to was already unplugged during the entire process until which time it could be plugged back in properly and tested to validate that this wasn't generating the problem in the first place. (I've seen this happen before.)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10, Linux Mint and more
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD 3800X, Intel 6900K
    Motherboard
    X99 E-WS USB 3.1, CROSSHAIR HERO VIII
    Memory
    128 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR, 32 GB TEAM GROUP T FORCE
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 1070, SAPPHIRE RX 590 NITRO+
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG 32"
    Screen Resolution
    4K
    Hard Drives
    :::GRINS::: SERIOUSLY?
    PSU
    CORSAIR 1000 W PLATINUM
    Case
    THERMAL TAKE / AZZA
    Cooling
    NOCTUA / CM
    Keyboard
    LOGITECH PRODIGY
    Mouse
    LOGITECH
    Internet Speed
    360 Kbs
    Browser
    FIREFOX
    Antivirus
    KASPERSKY
    Other Info
    PC builder. Own a dozen PCs / built hundreds. All of us have a lot to learn. Some of us stand to learn more than others and those who think they know the most generally know the least. I'm here to learn and pass on what little I know.

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