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I have been having problems with my computer freezing for about a year. Sometimes the problem is nonexistant, other times (like now) it is really bad. I can usually fix it by restarting, but that hasn't been working lately. Basically what happens is my computer freezes for about 20-30 seconds, then returns to normal. I can then go on working for about a minute before it happens again. It doesn't matter what program I'm working in, it happens even when nothing is running. I opened the task manager and found that when the problem occurs, there is a spike in my CPU usage. Also, Spybot S&D finds but isn't able to fix a problem called Smitfraud-C. Microsoft AntiSpyware is able to find but not fix PSGuard. When I try to restart after the problem occurs it gets to the log off screen and stops. I have to do a hard shutdown. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Hi bober174! Welcome to G2G!

I suggest you go to the Malware Forum and run all the steps located in the START HERE. These self-help tools will help you clean up 70% of problems on your own. If you are still having problems after doing the steps, then please post a HiJackThis Log in THAT forum.

If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).

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