February 18th, 2004, 22:39 PM
Web based apps freeze after computer idle for 2 hours
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!
February 18th, 2004, 22:54 PM
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,
You should delete everything it detects.
Now you should run this to get all the other bad things you might or might not have
more info here,
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,
Let us know what happens after scanning and we will try to track it down for you.
February 18th, 2004, 23:08 PM
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!
Originally Posted by egghead
February 19th, 2004, 00:02 AM
Old and Cranky
So you still maintain an IP address when this happens?
February 19th, 2004, 00:16 AM
Do you use a screensaver ??
Disable it and see if that fixes it.
February 19th, 2004, 00:39 AM
Old and Cranky
Good thought Rev...and killing any power management options also.
Originally Posted by Reverend
February 20th, 2004, 06:45 AM
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.
February 21st, 2004, 22:06 PM
Standby was doing it. Thanks alot guys, I really appriciate the help.