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    Unhappy Web based apps freeze after computer idle for 2 hours

    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if I could get some help with this situation. Whenever I leave my computer on a webpage and comback about 1-2 hours later, all web based apps are frozen. I can run any other program, but I can't browse in IE, can't send and receive in eudora, can't use IM. It's xp and a dsl connection. I've reset tcp/ip, cleared cache and cookies, flushed dns, ran a system file checker, scanned for viruses on my norton and using housecall at the trendmicro site, and have loaded all the available windows updates.

    Any ideas? Any help is appriciated!

    Thanks,
    Hex

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    Most people are familiar with freeware, shareware, cookies, media players, interactive content, and file sharing. What they may not realize is that some of them actually collect and disseminate information about those using them. They can track your surfing habits, abuse your Internet connection by sending this data to a third party, profile your shopping preferences, hijack your browser start page or pages, alter important system files, Add additional popups to WebPages and they can do this without your knowledge or permission. The security and privacy implications of these exploits should be quite obvious and undesirable on any system or network!

    You should check for spyware that may have hijacked your browser and could be using valuable bandwidth and has attached itself to the windows operating system. These things can send you email Spam and also send you additional popups at every web page you visit.
    You can download a program called "ad-aware". This is a free program that will detect 1000's of web tracking spy software that may have found a way on to your computer by using strange tricks. You may get it from here,
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
    download,
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/

    You should delete everything it detects.

    Now you should run this to get all the other bad things you might or might not have

    http://216.180.233.163/~merijn/files/CWShredder.exe

    more info here,
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/index.html

    and after all that you should get,
    Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.2 - product description
    Application to scan for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software.

    get it here,
    http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download

    Let us know what happens after scanning and we will try to track it down for you.
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    Wow, thanks for the quick responce Egghead! My bad. I did fail to mention that I run Ad aware and Spybot and my system is clean. Sorry for leaving that out. That was actually this first thing I checked. I should say as well that I am still trained when this happens. I never loss the connection. Hmmm. I dunno. Thanks in advanced for the help though. This has got to be the best tech forum out there for getting good answers fast!

    Thanks,
    Hex

    Quote Originally Posted by egghead
    Most people are familiar with freeware, shareware, cookies, media players, interactive content, and file sharing. What they may not realize is that some of them actually collect and disseminate information about those using them. They can track your surfing habits, abuse your Internet connection by sending this data to a third party, profile your shopping preferences, hijack your browser start page or pages, alter important system files, Add additional popups to WebPages and they can do this without your knowledge or permission. The security and privacy implications of these exploits should be quite obvious and undesirable on any system or network!

    You should check for spyware that may have hijacked your browser and could be using valuable bandwidth and has attached itself to the windows operating system. These things can send you email Spam and also send you additional popups at every web page you visit.
    You can download a program called "ad-aware". This is a free program that will detect 1000's of web tracking spy software that may have found a way on to your computer by using strange tricks. You may get it from here,
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
    download,
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/

    You should delete everything it detects.

    Now you should run this to get all the other bad things you might or might not have

    http://216.180.233.163/~merijn/files/CWShredder.exe

    more info here,
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/index.html

    and after all that you should get,
    Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.2 - product description
    Application to scan for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software.

    get it here,
    http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download

    Let us know what happens after scanning and we will try to track it down for you.

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    So you still maintain an IP address when this happens?

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    Do you use a screensaver ??
    Disable it and see if that fixes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend
    Do you use a screensaver ??
    Disable it and see if that fixes it.
    Good thought Rev...and killing any power management options also.

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    Really good ideas guys, thanks. I'm away from that computer until Saterday but I'll check that out and let you know how it goes.

    Thanks again!
    Hex

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    Standby was doing it. Thanks alot guys, I really appriciate the help.

    Hex

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