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Hello, hope you can help me! i have a desktop pc, but suddenly, i hear a clicking sound coming inside my gpc...i thought it was cd-drive or my HDD drive but i think is something else! Can a virus cause clicking sounds, if a computer is infected? Thank u for any advice?

asked Jun 20 '12 at 01:14

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Franky Juarez

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No i am pretty sure they cant if its comming from inside the tower its self its probably a physical issue and it may have something to do with a loose cable or a cable getting in the way of the fan. Just what i think.


answered Jun 20 '12 at 01:16

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Does it only happen when you have an Internet browser open? Try a different browser.

answered Jun 20 '12 at 01:23

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@phototypo im using firefox, but it makes the rare clicking sound when computer is on and also when is turn off. I dont know why, im think it could be the Memory (Corsaor XM3 12gb), or CPU (i7 950 intel), or CPU Cooler (Corsair H50)..please help :(

answered Jun 20 '12 at 01:30

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Franky Juarez

I doubt the CPU and RAM. Those are solid state. The Cooler however is more likely. May be a problem with the exhaust fan or heck, I think it could be the power supply. You described the click when it was both on and off. The only thing that really gets power when the computer is off is the power supply. I'd look into that

answered Jun 20 '12 at 01:39

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@Joseph the best think to do is buying a new power supply...which power supply would u recommend me? i was thinking buying a Corsair 850W, whats a good power supply for me? thank you Joseph!

answered Jun 20 '12 at 02:25

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Franky Juarez

Corsair is a good brand. Ultra is also a good one. Are you sure you need 850 watts though?

(Jun 20 '12 at 19:40) josephLtech josephLtech's gravatar image

What sort of click is it? The top part of my chassis used to make a little bit of noise, that's just normal. If you could take the side of the computer and listen to try and see where the noise is coming from.

answered Jun 20 '12 at 04:01

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there is several things that can cause clicking noises , expansion and contraction wen heating and cooling could get more and more as the tower gets older that could cause clicking for a while even after the computer is off as it cools down.

another source of clicking to can be static in the heating and cooling process , another source though not likely once the machine is off as much bad fan or fans bearings, sparking in a power supply sometimes not due to the supply being bad if you have not cleaned the inside of the computer including and lots for get this inside the power supply vents they can fill and I MEAN PACK FULL OF DIRT and dust that will sizzle sparks and yes in time burn smolder and even flame up ..

answered Jun 20 '12 at 19:20

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a virus could... but it is doubtful that is the issue. Clicking is usually associated with the hard drive... that is where i would put my money on...


answered Jun 22 '12 at 07:39

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Clicking sounds? By Viruses? Well, definitely not. The whole idea behind a virus is being stealth and longevity, which none can be achieved the stupid virus keep announcing it's presence, right? Viruses want too be hidden and non-detectable. Problem is coming form somewhere else. Sometime, the Processor and it's Crystals pass frequencies to your audio device, since most them are build on the motherboard. But that usually sounds like a high pitched signal. Check Audio devices that you connect to your system. Make sure that you disconnect your speakers and see if you still have the sound coming from the in-build speaker. Also quit all the application running in your machine - Bring up your Task manager and look at the performance graph and CPU usage and see if the CPU usage goes up when you hear the sound, telling you that some application / Process / Service is doing it. Then check to see which of them are taking the CPU time. If you find out what the problem was, please share it here. Other people might have the same problem. Good Luck...

answered Jun 22 '12 at 12:54

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edited Jun 22 '12 at 12:56

viruses are not necessarily about stealth and hiding this is false , a lot and I mean a lot of viruses trojans and malware are far from stealth or hidden they will turn on your webcams cause your compute rto cycle off and on with very visible timers , they will flash notices in your face as if laughing at you they will turn fans on and off cause hard drives to spin untill the motor fry cause the power to cycle on and of programs auto start take over the browsers in fact I would say there is very little in the way of stealth when it comes to a virus hacks very much want there dirty work noticed they are like little gremlins living in your system , easy to spot difficult to get rid of ..

answered Jun 22 '12 at 14:14

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edited Jun 22 '12 at 14:16

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