Hi, for some unknown reason my programs (games) keep annoyingly minimising to taskbar every 5 minutes,and I have to click to maximise them back again. It only happens if I'm logged onto the net in the background but I have to stay logged to get a stream of e-mails from people sending me their latest strategy game turns. I run regular AVG and Spyware scans but they come up clean. I've got McAfee firewall. Just a guess but maybe some kind of gremlin is trying to get onto my system via the net and it causes my progs to minimise? Any advice?
No I've got no screensavers or auto-updates and haven't changed anything to my system as far as I know. This minimising glitch came on out of the blue and I don't know why. The HD gives a little whirr and then the screen minimises, perhaps the whirr means some outside gremlin or something is trying to access my system, tripping the minimise?
512RAM and a 64Mb GeForce2 vid card. The games in question all ran fine with those specs for a couple of years but now suddenly they start minimising out of the blue for no apparent reason. I notice my server (AOL) has started using super-duper animated pics and stuff on their opening screen, so maybe the sudden drain on my system needed to handle them is tripping my minimise button as an unforeseen side-effect?
Dave,I forgot to mention I'm totally PC-illegitimate so your advice about the dialler went right over my head, what dialler? I'm broadband. And don't I need the AOL software to surf and stuff? Wolfie - I disabled my McAfee firewall but the minimising glich still kept occurring. As for checking the firewall settings, settings for what exactly?
On the bar at the bottom of the screen you should see the AOL icon. Blue square with aol logo. Right click this icon and you should get a list up. Click on AOL dialler then a box will come up for you to be able to log in to the internet without using the AOL software. You can then use IE as a browser or any other browser you have downloaded.