I'm not sure what's wrong with this thing... It can work for days no problems, then one day freeze 3 times. When it freezes I hear the hard drive make a distinctive click, then about 30 seconds later the entire system just hangs up and I have to manually turn it off... Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
It could be a multitude of problems depending on what operating system you're running. Most laptops of that number come with Vista, so I'm going to go with that.
The next time it start right, go to http://www.malwarebytes.org - and download the free version and run it. It will probably find problems and fix them when you tell it to. Next, download and install CCleaner (yes, two "C's") from http://www.ccleaner.com. This program will clean up your registry.
Next, if you're running the sidebar, get rid of it - it's been verified that it causes problems.
Finally, if you're running McAfee Anti-Virus, get rid of it. If you can't uninstall it from the control panel, go to Google and search for McAfee Uninstaller, and use it to remove McAfee. This program has a verified problem with overwriting Windows files (Norton does to, but not as bad).
Instead, install Vipre Antivirus (just the antivirus - not the premium with the firewall). You can thank me for the help by purchasing it through my web site at http://www.cowboytechcomputers.com - just click on the picture of Vipre. This software was test with the top 100 and beat them all and it's just $29.95 a year.
Finally, if you're running more than one anti-spyware or anti-malware program, get rid of all but one. If you install Vipre, get rid of them all because you won't need them. Vipre takes care of viruses, malware, and spyware!
Finally, if you're running Vista, and get all the above done, definitely upgrade to Windows 7. You can get that from me too if you wish... $85.00 -
Well, I'm finished helping and advertising, so best of luck. If worse comes to worse, format the drive and install the software I've mentioned above, and your problem should be solved. Finally, remember that games can do this sometimes, but it's not likely.
Another totally free antivirus which works well is Microsoft's own Microsoft Security Essentials. Free for anyone except large businesses. And Spybot S&D is a useful free program specifically targeted at spyware.