Maintenance :: Win 8.1 - Lag Spikes When Running Firefox / IE Or Chrome

Nov 3, 2013

I've updated my laptop's OS to Windows 8 64-bit a couple of days ago and I quickly noticed that there was a rather annoying issue with performance. It lags every 5-10 seconds, but this seems to happen only when I open Firefox or any other Web Browser and this slows down the whole computer unless I restart it again. My Laptop used to run Windows 7 very well. I also updated to Windows 8.1 yesterday but the problem is still unsolved. By the way I have 4GB of RAM but the system recognizes only 2.

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Maintenance :: Disk Usage Spikes When Nothing Is Running?

Jun 17, 2014

I have an issue that has been happening since last week i think. The problem is that even with the computer in idle the disk usage has these spikes. When i want to play a simple .mp4 file it freezes several times and the all computer freezes when the spikes reach 100 %. I don't know what is causing this issue.

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No Sound On FireFox / IE And Chrome

Sep 15, 2014

"Considering that both Firefox and IE are affected, and then you find that Chrome doesn't work either, the problem is with the operating system or the sound drivers.

I was watching videos on my PC, using FireFox, in the evening I went and had a shower, I got back and without any apparent reason, FireFox stopped producing sound.

I installed Chrome after checking all the basics, and Chrome does have sound, I can watch videos on Chrome with sound.

I have tried Youtube, MSN, FilmOn, Facebook (Games and Videos), Game sites, SoundCloud, and there is no sound. I opend IE, and tried the same, and got no sound. There is sound on my PC, if I open a MP3 in WMP it Plays, Windows system sounds play, Yahoo sounds play, Skype sounds play, I can hear them loud and clear. TheSims 4 plays sound.

I have done the following: Updated Flash, VLC, Java, Shockwaves, QuickTime.

Updated FireFox Updated FireFox Pluggins, Followed all steps here: [URL] ....

Updated RelTek, Uninstalled FireFox, Swiched Default browser from IE to FireFox and Chrome and back again, I have rebooted my PC 50 times, Deleted Internet cache, cookies, history, etc.

I have been to ControlPanel/InternetOptions/Advanced and made sure that "Allow browsers to play sounds" Is checked, I have updated my Graphics Card, and my Sound card.

On the Volume Mixer, (FireFox is no muted and its turned up) When I play a video, It remains blank, There is no movement of sound in the Volume Mixer. (Adobe Flash player is not muted either)

I am using a Razer Kraken 7.1 HeadSet, I have updated its drivers also.

I am using WINDOWS 8 Nvidia Geforce GTX 650 Intel i7 4th Gen 8GB RAM ...

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Unable To Install Chrome / Firefox Without Administrator?

Feb 23, 2013

I am not able to double click and install chrome/firefox the only way I can install is by right clicking and selecting run as administrator then the browser starts with a message that profile not found.

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Maintenance :: Getting 100% Disk Usage Spikes On Windows 8?

Dec 29, 2013

I did a fresh install of windows 8 twice and the problem still persists. I think I have tried every solution offered by google so far and I am at my wits end. It causes freezing in video games and I just want to play all these cool games I bought on steam, not to mention browse the internet without freezing.

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Browsers/Mail :: Switch To Firefox Or Stick With Chrome?

Aug 9, 2014

So I've heard these two are the best browsers around, although I've seen firefox and its good it takes up more RAM than Chrome by about 30MB, should I switch or stay?

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Browsers/Mail :: Cannot Copy Images From Chrome / Firefox

Aug 15, 2014

I cannot copy images from Chrome/Firefox, Internet Explorer works fine however.

Copying text from all browsers also works fine, the problem is just images.

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Browsers/Mail :: Dell With Win 8 - Can't Email Through Chrome Or Firefox

Mar 3, 2014

I just got a Dell with Win 8 and touchscreen. It was fine for a couple days. A half hour ago when I started it again I am unable to send email using yahoo mail in either of my browsers. I can check email fine and if I click the email in the inbox I can read it fine. When I click the onscreen right or left arrow to go to next or previous email nothing happens. When I click compose I go to the draft screen and all is well until I click Send. Nothing happens. I can send fine through my hotmail account. I can't get it to work clicking on any of the other folders in yahoo mail either.

So, is this a temporary issue with yahoo or something I need to figure out about Win 8? I've been in Mac land for the last 3 years or so. Also, the touchpad is way too sensitive. I turned palm rejection to the highest setting but it still jumps all over and does things I don't want it to do.

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Chrome / Firefox - Small Icons In Bookmark Menu

Aug 28, 2014

In Chrome and Also Firefox, in the bookmark menu, I have little icons.

Like this: pgLat.jpg

Only when I add Gmail, it has the same Icon like Google. How I can change that icon? Without an app?

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Windows 8 RTM 64bit - Cannot Get Java Work Properly With Firefox Or Chrome

Oct 3, 2012

I have this little problem and I'm not 100% sure that it is windows 8 related but honestly I think it is..

I'm running windows 8 RTM 64bit and it seems that I can't get java work properly with firefox or chrome.. With IE it works perfectly. We are talking about java 7 update 7 and yes it is 32bit java, not 64bit. With every page where java is needed it says 'Install java' etc.

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Browsers/Mail :: Google Chrome And Mozilla Firefox Freeze Whole PC

Jan 17, 2014

I've been having problems with Google Chrome's freezes for quite a while now.

They are random, first you see that your browser doesn't respond anymore, but then neither does the PC.

You wait up to 3 minutes, and everything works out. But that's not really ideal.

So, in order to see what was wrong with my problem, I thought that I should get Mozilla Firefox.

But as I have seen, that does not change anything.

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Browsers/Mail :: Internet Browser Will Not Open (Chrome And / Or Firefox)

Jan 17, 2014

I got a HP Envy m6 Sleekbook laptop about three months ago. I installed Firefox and Chrome right away, although I used Firefox almost exclusively.

After about a month, Firefox just stopped working. I would click the icon, and it would light up (and the blue circle would appear over the cursor) as if it was about to open, but after a few seconds it stopped loading and the icon went back to normal, as if I had never clicked it. It just kind of... gave up. I restarted the computer and tried opening it from a different shortcut, and then directly from the file, but the problem persisted.

I tried uninstalling and re-installing Firefox twice, but it didn't solve the issue. Finally, I abandoned Firefox and switched to using Chrome.

Now, after using Chrome without a hitch for almost two months, Chrome has spontaneously started exactly the same behavior- BUT now I can open Firefox.

I'd really like to keep using Chrome, since I finally had it set up the way I like (I have quite a few bookmarks and quirky little preferences).

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Firefox / Google Chrome No Longer Connecting To Internet After Upgrading To 8.1

Oct 25, 2013

Network malfunction after upgrading win 8 pro 64 to win 8.1

Only IE 11 can connect to the internet. Firefox chrome or other programs not connecting...

I removed Eset disable firewall but nothing work.

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Browsers/Mail :: Lost Firefox And Chrome Internet And System Restore

Jun 14, 2014

My Norton trial that came preloaded in my HP laptop was about to expire so I removed it using the Symantec Norton tool remover.

Now I only have IE 11. The Firefox and Chrome browsers won't connect to the internet. I tried system restore a couple of times but that's not working either.

How to get my browsers back. I ran the adware removal tool, AVG scan and malwarebytes. Everything is clean.

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Internet Navigation - Pages Fail To Load 75% Of The Time Using Chrome And Firefox

Jan 30, 2014

On my office network none of the computers connected to it have problems surfing the web, except my own. Pages fail to load 75% of the time, I use Google Chrome and Firefox but they both have the same problem. I've scanned my pc for malware and viruses using Malwarebytes and Bitdefender (separately of course) and they've come back clear. I've reset the tcp ip stack (a pain in Windows 8) taking full control of netsh via the regedit key (running it as admin), then wiping the wifi profile, following with a dns flush and finalizing with restarting the computer. Once restarted I can navigate the internet problem free for a few pages and then I go back to having issues. I can't reinstall Windows 8 because I don't have a disc or a partition (upgraded from Win7 to 8 pro online, which I admit was a huge mistake).

I am running on : Windows 8.1 Pro
AMD Athlon 2 P320 Dual Core Processor 2.10Ghz
8.00GB RAM, 64 bit OS, x64 processor.

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Network / Sharing :: Connection Was Reset Message After Installing VMware-player And VirtualBox On Firefox / Chrome And IE

Sep 18, 2013

After I installed VMware-player and VirtualBox, I started to get this error "The connection Was Reset" (got that on firefox, different name on Chrome since it has an error code, but leads to the same error).

Weird thing is that I can still explore some of the website that are open, for instance I leave a Facebook tab or Twitter tab, or any other site (not necessarily a social network). But if try to open a "new" site, which is not explored yet, then I get the error.

Things I tried so far:
1) delete cache, doesn't work at all.
2) Change the MTU Value, that was quite interesting, since I do get an error when i try to ping with my current value, but when i find a value that apparently should work, after I set that value as my MTU, I get the error with that value, so i go down a few numbers until i get a working value, set the MTU and error again. and so on.
3) Made a repair of my windows 8 install, preserving my personal files, but didn't work.
4) Only thing that seems to work is restart my pc.

I didn't have time yet to try to reinstall my antivirus (Avast) .

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Browsers/Mail :: Get Gmail Notifications Without Having Google Chrome Running?

Oct 20, 2013

How to get google chrome application to start on startup in the background only so that i can get gmail notifications without having google chrome running

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Maintenance :: Running Out Of Memory When Running Overnight

Jun 22, 2014

First let me say, I rarely leave my 8.1 system running all night as I generally switch off before bed.

On the FEW occasions I leave the system running all night I always get the "Your computer is low on memory" warning.

For instance, yesterday my software RAID mirror was "Re-synchronizing" and I wanted it to complete syncing so I left it running. NOTHING was running except Disk Manager. I closed down everything else. No browser, no Skype, no directory utility, no paint, no uTorrent....

Sure enough when I woke up this morning there it was....

A few days ago I wanted a couple of torrents to keep downloading so I kept the desktop running. Again NOTHING else was running and in the morning there it was....

I have 16Gb of memory and my pagefile.sys is 42Gb. My OS disc is a 250Gb SSD. I have set my system to hibernate after 5 hours idle. I have set the screen/display to sleep after 30 minutes.

The system isn't asleep when I wake as moving the mouse immediately brings the display back on line. Checking Task Manager shows NO memory hogs.

What I suspect is after 5 hours the hibernation process denies access to memory requests or something?

The strange thing is millions of people on 8.1 must leave their systems running all night but I have seen no mention of this behaviour.

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Maintenance :: Automatic Scheduled Maintenance Is Not Running?

Jun 21, 2014

I have Automatic Scheduled Maintenance set to run at 3:00AM. I get to this setting by going to Control Panel > Action Center > Maintenance > Change maintenance settings. I also have the box for "Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer" checked.

However, I note that if I put my computer to sleep for a few days, when I wake it back up, Automatic Scheduled Maintenance has NOT run. I can tell this because my antivirus definitions are out-of-date and haven't been updated since I put the computer to sleep.

how to figure why it's not waking up for Scheduled Maintenance? Is it possibly a BIOS setting? Do I have to manually add it to Task Scheduler? I'm running Windows 8.1 Update 1, ASRock Z87E-ITX mobo, Intel i7-4770S CPU, Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD, 16GB RAM.

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Maintenance :: How To Move Chrome From Physical To Virtual Memory

Jun 10, 2014

Since some time ago chrome and memory management acting weird : System always trying to move out chrome from physical to virtual memory even when physical memory is barely used

like when i open many tabs after while tabs content gets blank and it take some time to gets back

ive monitored the problem system (ntoskrnl) are always working on the top of process's using high hdd and about 20% cpu i did a little investigation and i found pagefile.exe is working under system.exe

i already tried to do sfc /scannow and it found some errors couldnt fix then i ran Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and it fixed the errors but the issue still here and its really killing my laptop performance and chrome pages keeps crash

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Gaming :: Unknown Process Because Spikes In Game

May 9, 2013

I've just upgraded my OS from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Everything runs smooth, after I have updated most drivers. My fps in games even increases a little (about 10) in general.

I don't hate metro so I haven't done much tweak to the system.

However when I play counter strike : GO, I have ping spikes going to 500 about every 10 minutes. Sometimes fps drops suddenly too. I believe it's some process causing the problem. But it lasts only like 3 seconds. When I tab out and open task manage to check the process I can't hunt it down. I didn't have the problem when I had windows 7.

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Network / Sharing :: Windows 8 - Lag Spikes Every 60 Seconds

Aug 23, 2013

This issue has been persisting ever since I bought this laptop. Every 60 seconds (exactly 60 seconds), my wireless internet will spike dramatically to the point of making me extremely angry like this. In any game I play where I average a 30-60 ping, the ping would spike anywhere from 300-1000ms and last for about 4 seconds.

It happens every single day since I got this laptop, and I have tried a few solutions and none of them have worked.

I've tried disabling TCP/IPv6I have disabled all firewalls. I have no anti virus/malware software on any kind. I disabled homegroups. I have a static IP (and ports opened for certain games)I have tried using Vista Anti Lag

None of these have worked in the slightest way. I do not believe it is my router causing the issue, because any of the other 3 computers, phones, and my Xbox 360 do not have this issue. Two of the other computers run windows XP, while the other one runs Windows 8. Also, I can not directly connect my laptop to the router because of living arrangements and how everything is set up.

I'm starting to think it's an issue with all the useless Samsung crap installed on this laptop. It's a 750gb hard drive, and only 677gb's were free to use. I'm pretty sure Windows 8 doesn't take up that much space...

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Network / Sharing :: Ping Spikes To 300+ Occasionally?

Jan 24, 2014

I am on a laptop and when I leave my laptop on for an extended period of time, the ping suddenly spikes to 300+ when I'm playing games and whatnot. Internet is completely unusable when it reaches that problem. I'm pretty sure that my laptop is the problem because whenever that happens, I just restart the adapter and it calms down and is perfectly fine again.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 - Disk At 100% When Open Google Chrome Or Internet Explorer

Jul 10, 2013

Here's what happened. Yesterday in the morning i was on my laptop (windows 8).

When suddenly, it started going really slow. I restarted it and every time i log into my account, i goes a bit slower, but not too much. Then whenever i open Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, the disk space goes straight up to 100% and doesn't go down. I went into safe mode and it didn't go slow then so it must be something else. I also downloaded AVG and scanned my computer but it found no threats. I have made a new account, which goes slow sometimes but is fine most of the time.

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Maintenance :: CPU Running At 80% When Computer Is Idling

Sep 11, 2013

I have had some issues with my laptop running very hot even when it's not used. I figured out that it was because of my cpu running at around 80% all the time. This of course, is causing a cpu idle temp of around 65c and a quickly depleted battery.

The computer (a Sony VAIO SVS1513C5E) have two modes (Stamina and speed) that switches between silence mode (low effect and integrated graphics) and high performance mode (hybrid graphics, high performance). CPU temp is at 65c when running in 'silence' mode (can't say that it is very silent, given the fanspeed to cool down the computer). High performance increases this to 75c (still idling!), and increases the fan volume by quite a lot.

I did scan it with windows defender, without anything coming up. I am also running process explorer at the moment, it says that system is using ~20% cpu, services.exe a tad above 20% and around 20% idle. The rest of the processes are using a total of around 2-3%, leaving 37% (?). The 20% from services.exe seems to be mostly svchost and some intel bluethoot driver (that I will be uninstalling, as I dont use bluethoot anyways).

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Maintenance :: Fans Still Running After Shutdown Of Windows 8

Oct 29, 2012

I'm running into a really annoying issue after upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

I first noticed it during the initial (clean) install; when the installer tried to reboot, my machine (an acer aspire 4755G) just hung after the initial shutdown. That is, after the screen turns off, the power lights and fans are still running, and the machine itself doesn't restart. (I let it sit for a good 15 minutes, and it still didn't change).

I managed to do a hard reset (power button for 5 seconds) and the install finished, but every shutdown/restart has been like that. Interestingly enough, hibernate works just fine.

I've looked at other solutions where it said to use the "bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes" command, and that didn't work.

I also turned off the "Fast Boot" option in the power settings menu. That didn't work either. So far, the only option is to do the hard shut down by holding down the power button, but that proves to be horribly inconvenient.

I've also updated all my drivers to the proprietary onces given by Acer, yet this problem still persists! It worked fine on Windows 7, so I'm not sure what went wrong here.

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Maintenance :: How To Repair System When Running SFC Or DISM

Jun 26, 2014

Recently I got problems when running SFC or DISM to repair my system. As far as I know it concerns the shortcuts in the folder Administrative Tools, there I changed under Properties the Run option to Maximised Windows and since then SFC and DISM have shown this error that the services are unable to download the proper source files (they admonish a mismatch I cannot correct).

I am running a Windows 8.1 Update 1 system without the Pro version, so I have no access to its exclusive features. I attach the corresponding log files after a run of DISM and SFC for more infos.

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Maintenance :: System Running Very Slow Even After Reinstalling Windows

May 14, 2014

Over a month ago, I noticed that my system had started to become very slow, taking a long time to switch between apps, or between tabs in Chrome (even with only a few tabs open).

I've constantly had Resource Monitor open to try and track down the source of the problem. Initially, I thought this was a problem with Chrome or my pagefile, because Chrome was often at/near the top of Disk Activity, manipulating pagefile.sys. However, it seems like the amount of data being manipulated isn't very large; typically well below 1 MB/sec. I tried moving my pagefile to a secondary hard drive to no effect.

I've downloaded and run multiple programs to check hard drive health, and none of them have found any problems. I'm not talking about simple S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics, but in-depth scans.

Thinking that it might be a problem with Windows 7 at the time, I wiped the drive and installed Windows 8.1. I installed the latest motherboard drivers and disabled Windows search and file indexing. The problem remains. The fact that the problem persists after wiping the drive had me thinking it's likely a hardware problem. Alas, various hard drive scanners haven't found a problem.

I have 8GB of memory; rarely is more than 4GB ever in use. Both of my hard drives have plenty of free space (400+ GB each).

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Maintenance :: Disk Usage And CPU Reach 99% When Running Certain Programs

Jan 7, 2014

My Disk Usage and CPU columns of the task manager randomly jump up to 99% or even sometimes 100% which is unresponsive. This seems to happen more often when I run programs such as a malware scanner or League of Legends. My FPS in League stays around 1 when I do try to play and I'm assuming this is a related issue.

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Maintenance :: Laptop Running Windows 8.1 - Slow Start Up

Jun 22, 2014

I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 and the start up has become very slow. Glary Utilities tells me it took 2m39s and only 1% of users are slower. I've tried cleaning it with CCleaner and Glary, removing unnecessary start up items and defragging.

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Maintenance :: Hard Drive Just Keeps Running Lower On Space

Mar 5, 2013

About 1-2 weeks ago, I had 15GB of space left on my SSD that is solely committed to OS and drivers. Today, I have 2.9GB left. I have downloaded nothing, and I have changed nothing. take a closer look at why my SSD space is disappearing? I've had this OS for 2 months now and it wasn't a problem until recently.

SpaceSniffer Details:
Code: C: [35.2Gb] [ 6.3Gb] hiberfil.sys [ 4.3Gb] pagefile.sys [ 256Mb] swapfile.sys [ 392Kb] bootmgr [ 4Kb] BOOTNXTC:Windows [18.7Gb] [ 2.2Mb] explorer.exe [ 1.9Mb] RtlExUpd.dll [ 864Kb]


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