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my system seems to be freezing quite often lately, at least twice a day if not more. I just bought this computer a couple of months ago so it is fairly new. I am a habitual downloder (music, movies, etc.) which i realize is like smoking for a computer, it will just lead to an early death. Is there anything that I can do to try to minimize these freeze ups? aside from cutting down on the downloading? lol
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Hello, and welcome to Geeks To Go.
When the computer freezes does it come back to normal after a moment, or do you have to shut down the computer?
There may be a lot of programs running in the background that are slowing down the computer, could even be malware.
Please Run the PCPitstop Full Tests, here:
PCPitstop Full Tests
Note: Vista users with UAC must first Right-click IE - Select "Run as Administrator"
If you haven't already registered, Click - Sign up now! (left hand column in User Login)
Register and create a password
Accept the ActiveX component to allow your machine to run the Full Tests
Registering and accepting the ActiveX are both SAFE and FREE.

The Full Tests take less than 5 minutes for most machines.
Once you have your Results, please post the TechExpress Link back here into this thread for review.
TechExpress is the last item on the list in the yellow box in upper right area of any Results page.
Post the entire URL link information back here into this Forum thread.
Note: Vista users, please close your instance of IE "Rrunning as Administrator" after you are finished reviewing your Results.

Caution: During the testing of Video Adapter, a variety of patterns, shapes, colors and text are “flashed” onto the users monitor screen. In the many thousands of daily uses of the PCPitstop Full Tests over several years, two individuals who suffer epilepsy experienced discomfort and temporary dizziness when viewing the flashing patterns.
If you know that you are susceptible to photo driven seizure, please look away from your screen during the Video Adapter testing sequence.
Note: The PCPitstop Full Tests Results is a free service, but is supported by various paid product advertisements for utilities that "could" remedy the OP's problem.
Since G2G is a "free-help" forum, we do not recommend or endorse purchase of automated utilities, and will assist you in manually correcting any problems and settings necessary to optimize your machine's performance. Ask your questions here. We'll help you walk through any necessary steps.

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