Help with this problem would be most appreciated. Frequently programs hang, this seems to manifest itself mainly whilst using internet explorer, allthough sometimes in other programs such as word, suspect a virus , maybe downloaded when I inadvertently forgot to check for extra additions to a required download.
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Download a free anti virus program then. And also Malware detection software.
Run a hard drive test in DOS...HIRENS CD etc, it sounds like a failing hard drive...