Computer keeps refreshing every minute or two-- driving me nuts

All of a sudden my computer keeps refreshing itself, whether in MS Word or on the internet.  I keep having to grab the mouse and click to keep typing.  Arrgghhhh.

What might cause this?  I have anti-Virus, no risky downloads, and I restored back 2 days.  Still happening.  Is it the MONITOR?

Please help, thanks!

Brett in Milwaukee
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
Hi brr8760,


Refreshing?



Regards,

Richard Quadling.
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sda100Commented:
Hello brr8760,

Stop giving it Carlsberg.

On a more serious note, can you describe exactly what happens?

Steve :)
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
Do you mean rebooting?

Believe it or not, I can think of 2 elements which are CONSTANTLY refreshing within your PC setup.

1 - The monitor. The screen is refreshed 60 or more times a second.
2 - RAM. This requires a refresh VERY often to make sure the charge holding the valuable bits don't get lost.

But, I don't think you meant that.
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WelkinMazeCommented:
MAybe while you're typing you press some key (TAB or else depending on application) that brings the focus domewhere else.
Or maybe you have some program running that takes over the focus oftenly? What is the active window or form before you bringing the focus back with the mouse clicking?
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
You may have sticky keys.

No.

I'm not being rude!!!!

Sticky Keys

1 - You split some fluids on the keyboard and the keys are going nuts (try a new keyboard).
2 - You are using accessibility features whereby certain key presses emulate other activities (check the control panel for accessibility features).
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maharlikaCommented:
If it's a case of stuff constantly running in the background, do a ctrl-alt-del, go to task manager and see what processes are running.  From there it's a process of elimination: processes that should be running and are in the "normal" range, processes that should be running but are using excessive resources for some reason, processes that should not be running at all, and processes that you don't know what they are (these may or may not be legitimate).  These last three are all potential causes of the problem.
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
If you use System Internals Process Explorer (much better than Task Manager), you will be able to see the name of the program, where it was loaded from and with what paramaters.

Add to that their AutoRuns program you will be able to see when these programs were loaded (assuming you didn't run that email attachment! <grin />).
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RNMcLeanCommented:
  I've seen behaviour that might be what brr8760 is describing, namely that the desktop icons blink off and are redrawn, a windows explorer window blanks and redraws the directory tree and suchlike. I think some prog. is signalling a filesystem status change in some way, as when a network cable is unplugged and previously available "drives" such as H: can no longer be reached. Or a CD drive has the CD removed. Normally, this sort of activity proceeds swiftly, but sometimes there are repetitions, often associated with a new piece of software that is having trouble with its environment.
   As ever, restarting your system might make the problem go away.
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nobusCommented:
check if it is happening in safe mode too.
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brr8760Author Commented:
Well, I wish I could have spread the wealth a bit.  THIS PLACE ROCKS HARD!!!!

The last guy, nobus, deserved a taste, too.  oh well.  you're all great.  

Can't wait til I have another problem!

Mister B
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nobusCommented:
You can always ask a mod to reopen this question , and use the split points option :

http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi17
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RNMcLeanCommented:
  So presumably you found something strange running through scrutiny of the display from Process Explorer and it may have been started via an entry shown by Autoruns, but, what was it?
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brr8760Author Commented:
I have confirmed the problem, it was the Yahoo! Messenger lurking in the background.  Once I got rid of it, the problem disappeared.  Opened the program, problem returned.

I didn't mean nobus before, I meant RNMcLean.  My bad.  Here's what I would have done:

RQuadling - 50
RNMcLean - 50
maharlika -25

I won't re-open, but I'm willing to donate some of my points, if someone shows me how.

THANKS ALL!!!!

Brett
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
You ask a new question called "Points for xxx" where xxx is the name of the person.

Ideally, you also make a note in THIS message as sometimes, people miss the questions and the points are left lying around.
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brr8760Author Commented:
Thanks, RQ, I'll try that!  (happy birthday soon to the wee one...)

Asking the question "Points for RNMcLean" for 100

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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
Thanks.

Yes. Tom's first birthday coming up!

Then Hesper's third.
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RNMcLeanCommented:
Thanks. Knowing what the culprit was is useful, as how else does one accumulate expertise in trouble other than by hearing of or experiencing troubles? Meanwhile, I have become resensitised to the occasions when windows refreshes its icon display and file display in windows explorer.
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