i run windows xp home and use macafee virus 8. my messenger on bottom taskbar doesnt work and when i connect to my hotmail through internet explorer after 5 or 6 clicks of mouse the computer freezes. i caanot connect to my inbox through the messenger panel also. Have done virus scan and it says its clear. Finally when i shut down there is a box mentioning iexplore.exe and that has to be shut down. Help would ease the frustration of using task manager all the time.
when your pc freezes, press CTRL+ALT+DEL and wait for upto 30 seconds until the task manager box appears, then you should regain the use of the mouse, if this continues then i would suggest it is either a heat issue (though why IE should do this i dont know)
or it might be the graphic card drivers/settings that need upgrading.
you could try running system file checker (does what it says, checks and replaces any missing/corrupt system files), if you run this and it just finishes without any prompting, then that is normal on a system without errors.
start/run and type
note the space, you will need the winxp disc in the drive for sfc to run.
if you feel it might be an overheating issue, download & install speedfan
click here and click on SpeedFan 4.20 in the download section.
this will tell you the temps of your cpu/system/hard drive etc.