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Windows 7: every 30 minutes my open program minimizes


01 Nov 2013   #1

W7HomePro64
 
 
every 30 minutes my open program minimizes

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For the last several weeks my PC minimizes whatever program is open. It slowly advances, in that if it happens at 12:30, 1:00, etc then it will advance to 1:32, 2:02, etc.
I've tried to troubleshoot it, but have found nothing to indicate anything unusual. I ran Wireshark and it saw normal communication on the network, and no special instances at the minimizing times.
How can I figure out what this is being caused by?
Thanks.
Athlon PhenomII 3.65Gz 8GB RAM 2TB drives, 560 video, 9800 video (have replaced both video cards with others, no change)
Replaced the monitor, all cords, reset all devices, reseated all connections...

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01 Nov 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Perhaps Process Monitor.
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01 Nov 2013   #3

W7HomePro64
 
 

I will download, install and try it; thanks!
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03 Nov 2013   #4

W7HomePro64
 
 
no info found with procmon

I've watched and nothing unusual is going on in the network; the communications at the moment of minimize are normal port inquiries.
Has this ever happened to anyone else????
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03 Nov 2013   #5

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I don't know if this has happened to others...

Try Process Explorer.
Once it is started,
go to the menu bar and select
Options then Difference Highlight Duration...
...set that to 9 seconds.

See if an app starts at the time that your programs minimize.
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04 Nov 2013   #6

W7HomePro64
 
 

I see audiodg.exe, audioeng.exe, taskeng.exe, and other 'normal' activity; so far nothing points to any specific source, but I'll keep looking. Setting the difference duration was helpful and also turning on 'time' as a column.
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04 Nov 2013   #7

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by promytius1 View Post
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...my PC minimizes whatever program is open....
If you have several windows open (one behind the other) - do they all minimize? Or is it only the window that is on top minimizes?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by promytius1 View Post
I've watched and nothing unusual is going on in the network; the communications at the moment of minimize are normal port inquiries....
I would not limit the hunt to network traffic.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by promytius1 View Post
I see audiodg.exe, audioeng.exe, taskeng.exe, and other 'normal' activity; so far nothing points to any specific source, but I'll keep looking. Setting the difference duration was helpful and also turning on 'time' as a column.
If you do not see a particular app starting that causes the window(s?) to minimize, then it might be some app that is already running. Try a clean boot.
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05 Nov 2013   #8

W7HomePro64
 
 

Thank you for the link - I did all that but that also shut all the virus protection and monitoring software off, and since last year I had a root kit invasion, I was reluctant to proceed connected to the Internet but not protected.
After thinking about it, I will try again later with your procedure but I will manually turn on the anti-virus - MS's own. Also one of the programs that displays this activity is an Internet game on Steam, and I got an error message that a module was not loaded and it wouldn't work, so I could not test that program either.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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05 Nov 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by promytius1 View Post
I've watched and nothing unusual is going on in the network; the communications at the moment of minimize are normal port inquiries.
Has this ever happened to anyone else????
Yes this used to happen to me, what anti-virus do you have?
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05 Nov 2013   #10

W7HomePro64
 
 

I run Comodo firewall, both MS anti-virus prgs, malwarebytes, and will scan monthly for rootkits; also have an optimizer and a core tuner in residence, and they have limited protections as well.
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