Hello all, this is a real puzzler: My Windows 7 x64 machine (I built the core of it myself about 5 years ago, then “half-refreshed” it in Spring 2015 with an SSD, a new PSU, case and video card), for about the last month, has occasionally just become totally unresponsive (apart from registering mouse movement) on about 3 or 4 occasions (often after coming back from sleep or reboot). A couple of times I just let it sit there and went off to do something else, and it came back to functionality on its own.
I suspect that it’s either driver related OR that there may suddenly be a conflict between the real-time protection functionalities of Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes Pro <–just updated the latter to 3.0x yesterday so we’ll see if the problem continues. The reason I suspect those things (drivers or the possible conflict) is that when I manage to boot into Safe Mode*, “everything is awesome” as the Lego movie song goes (the real-time protection components of both MSE and MwB are also disabled in Safe Mode).
Has anyone else been seeing this with Windows 7 (especially if running MSE and Malwarebytes Pro/Premium)? I’m building a new machine soon, but in the meantime I’d really like to figure out what’s going on with this one.
*BTW, what’s the surefire way to boot into safe mode with Windows 7? The F8 key spam on boot doesn’t seem to work anymore (maybe because my OS is now on an SSD).