Something strange and it don't look good

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Has your computer all of the sudden start to act really weird? Does it seem like ghosts are making changes to your computer. Maybe you hear the fan running on your laptop at all hours. Maybe the date/time keeps changing at random. Worse yet, you notice the mouse randomly moving or programs randomly opening and you are starting to think you are going crazy. You could be. I won't be the judge of that; however you could have something bigger going on. Here is a real quick way to see if anything funky has recently been installed on your computer that might be causing the recent changes your are experiencing. 

Since mainstream support for Windows 7 has ended I'm not even going to bother demonstrating how to do this on Windows Vista or older machines. Below you will find very quick instructions and screenshots on how to check if any rouge software has recently been installed on your computer.

Windows 7 & Windows 8:

  1. Select Start
  2. Open Control Panel (you can start typing 'control panel' in the search box (Win7) or just start typing (Win8) and it will show up as a result)
  3. In the top right corner choose Sort By: Small Icons
  4. Find 'Programs and Features' (should be sorted alphabetically)
  5. Once Programs and Features opens and finishes loading all installed software, click the column heading "Installed On" until the programs are listed by date with most current at the top.
  6. See if anything that was installed recently matches the date you really started to notice strange things happening on your computer. If you do not recognize the software or or it looks like it might be the problem, remove it and then reboot your computer. Hopefully your strange problems go away. 
  7. It is possible you had a whole bunch of things installed around the same time. You may need to repeat this process multiple times until your issue is resolved.
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There are multiple ways to get to Programs and Features but sorting by Small or Large Icons lists them alphabetical.

Give enough time for all installed programs to load.

MAC OSX 10 (Option 1)

  1. Click your Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen
  2. Select 'About This Mac'
  3. Select the 'System Report"
  4. Scroll Down on the left side of the screen until you find "Software"
  5. Expand the software list and select "Installations"
  6. Sort the Column "Install Date" by date with most current at top
  7. Go to Finder and open your Applications folder. Delete any recently installed applications that could be causing the issues dated back to when the issues started to occur.

MAC OSX 10 (Option 2)

  1. In your 'Utilities Folder' find and open the 'System Information' App
  2. Scroll Down on the left side of the screen until you find "Software"
  3. Expand the software list and select "Installations"
  4. Sort the Column "Install Date" by date with most current at top
  5. Go to Finder and open your Applications folder. Delete any recently installed applications that could be causing the issues dated back to when the issues started to occur.
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Not every piece of software will be recognizable. That doesn't mean that the software should be removed. There are a lot of programs that you may have running on your computer that you never actually use. This method will at least help you pinpoint a timeframe where weird things started happening on your computer and bump that against recently installed software.

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Ross Wickman

Comrade Technology, Sioux Falls, USA

Husband, Father, and owner @ComradeTech. I help people better understand technology on the http://TechnicallyLivingPodcast.com . Not to mention a http://BusHitMyHouse.com