Time to get this computer checked out

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Registered: 12-31-1969
Time to get this computer checked out
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 6:37pm

I have a laptop to use temporarily but have been really lazy getting this thing worked on.  I don't know if anybody else recognizes these symptoms, but maybe.  For months now it's like IE just will not behave, which is why I tried switching to IE9...... and my toolbars vanished, so I went back to IE8 and the toolbars returned.  But there's more to it.  The toolbar near the top with file, edit, view, favorites, tools, help persists in moving itself to the LEFT of the screen.  Even if the toolbars are locked, which they always are once they're where I want them.  Somehow last week I managed to move it back to the right where I WANT it, but now today I just got online and it's moved again without anyone moving it and I can't remember how I moved it back to the right.  ???  How does that happen with toolbars locked?  Even more annoying is something really is going on with IE on this thing lately.  Over and over when you go to your opening page (I've changed the opening page several times to test it out), often it simply freezes and nothing works, no key will do a thing.  Then this white "cloud", for lack of a better term, descends on the entire screen, that little moving circle thingie shows up and will keep spinning endlessly.  The only step you can take at that point is to click on the X at the top right and then a pop-up says "IE has stopped working", click on the X again and it returns you to the desktop to start all over again.  Sometimes then it'll work properly and then again often it still won't do a thing.  Also it's often taking two or three tries to get the computer to obey commands, such as clicking on "delete browsing history"  - it just will not do it on the first click, often not even the second.  I have a feeling some vermin has landed on this computer and I know I need to haul this thing in to our area computer guys, who surely will figure it out, but I just haven't had time to do it when they're open. 

Does ANY of this sound familiar to anyone here?  It seems to me like all of this started when I tried to install IE9 and then returned to IE8. 

Avatar for emty_nstr
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Registered: 05-25-1999
Mon, 08-13-2012 - 8:30pm

It does sound like there is a gremlin in there. I hope that the tech guy can find it and kill it. Otherwise I don't know why you are having so many problems with IE.

When you are in IE and your top bar moves can you drag it back to the top? If you can then on a blank space right click on it and click on Lock Toolbars....that should keep it where it belongs.

Let us know what the computer guy finds.....

Avatar for khatru1
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Registered: 06-07-2004
Wed, 08-15-2012 - 10:23am
you might try running malwarebytes to make sure you do not have anything rogue on your machine. Also I would run CCleaner, to clean up your registry and other residual stuff on your machine. They are both free programs you can download.