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Unusual Cursor in Windows 7

Every once in a while I get a cursor that resembles a slanted diagonal line with parallel lines extending from it to the right. Now when I see this I immediately re-boot my system because in the early appearances of this if it was ignored then the system would become unresponsive. When it appears this cursor is accompanied by slow system response.

I have attempted to initiate Task Manager to see if I could find what it might be signifying but by the time I got it started the system would freeze forcing a hard restart.
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If you reboot the computer, how long does it take before the problem re-appears?  Do you notice any sort of trend as far as when the cursor appears such as after running program X?  

First place I would check is your system logs and see if any disk errors are present.  If so, I would run a diagnostic on the hard drive to see if there are any problems.
wmckinneyAuthor Commented:
I had not considered the logs. I had wondered if the problem might be connected to the indexing Windows does since it seemed to occur more frequently after the system had been idle for some time. But it has occurred while working. I did follow your suggestion and checked out the logs. There appears to be no logged (Warning or Error) issues with hardware however I did find quite a few warnings and errors associated with Symantec or N360. I will look closely at the logs the next time this occurs to see what occurred immediately prior to the problem.
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