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Idle monitor is flashing primary colors - Not a screen saver - Virus?

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About a week ago, my idle computer monitor started cycling through primary colors, and I'm trying to find the cause.

I check the screen saver settings, and none had been activated. So I set chose a (windows default) screen saver, and it works for a while, then goes back to cycling those primary colors.

I've had Norton Internet security active since day 1, long before this started, so I doubt it's a virus. and as far as I can tell, my system hasn't been effected adversely.

I can only think of two possibilities.

Last week, I loaded Steam on my computer for the first time. It's a bloated resource hog, so I thought maybe the program force this default "screen saver" onto my system, or is this an indication that the monitor is old and on it's way out? (I see no problem with graphics when I'm actively using the computer.)

Thanks!
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Have you tried removing Steam?

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"....The thing is, you cannot judge a race. Any man who judges by the group is a pea-wit. You take men one at a time." -Buster Kilrain, The Killer Angels -Michael Shaara
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post #3 of 7
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Have you tried removing Steam?

If it's just some stupid thing steam put there, in the grand sheme of things, I don't care that much. I'm really more concerned if it's he effect of a known virus or an early indication of monitor failure.
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I'm hardly an expert, but it seems if was a monitor or other hardware issue, like your graphics processor, it would do it across the board, not just at idle. I'm only suggesting, if you remove Steam- whatever it is- and it clears up, you'll have the answer and can rule out viruses, etc. You can always reinstall the application. It just seems fishy that the anomaly began, coincident with its introduction. It's also possible, If the app didn't install properly, reinstalling it might clean it up.

"There is more wisdom in the song of a bird, than in the speech of a philosopher...." -Oahspe
"....The thing is, you cannot judge a race. Any man who judges by the group is a pea-wit. You take men one at a time." -Buster Kilrain, The Killer Angels -Michael Shaara
" .... " -Harpo Marx

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"There is more wisdom in the song of a bird, than in the speech of a philosopher...." -Oahspe
"....The thing is, you cannot judge a race. Any man who judges by the group is a pea-wit. You take men one at a time." -Buster Kilrain, The Killer Angels -Michael Shaara
" .... " -Harpo Marx

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post #5 of 7

exact same problem here...searched my computer everywhere..screen saver, start-up programs, msconfig. Nothing worked then I restored my system on 1 month back. Still have a same problem. I have a fear that this problem will burn down my monitor.
 

post #6 of 7

Think i've heard this story a few times after a steam install, so i would advise to begin there, ideally clean everything and go back to a restore point.

 

Basical general steps.

 

1- Save what needs to be, work, photos, etc, knowing that if its a virus it can be corrupted, so take care when you use your saves again

 

2- fall back to any steps you have taken, such as installing steam. Erase every trace of its existence. No just uninstall, earse also the files it has installed by hand.

 

3- norton sucks. Use antivir, avast, or if you really feel like paying kaspersky is the only good one worth to pay for ( wich doesn't mean he is the best ). I recommend antivir as a secondary one, he detects a lot but stops little lol. There are classifications of the best stuff per year on the net, just check they are neutral.

 

4- antivirus is not enough. Use a firewall. Preferably Comodo Firewall.

 

5- there should be a log somewhere, a txt file recording what;s up with your computer, or you should be able to launch something showing it to your in real time, try to find this stuff via google. If it exists. Not sure how windows manages this. Haven't used it in aaaaages. I use sometimes my linux terminal to display everthing happening in my computer real time, or just parts of it, matrix style, very useful in such cases.

 

6 - Wouldn't go for the hardware, nor for a virus, none would give you usually such results, i would go for a weird bug.

 

7- when computer problems happen, it is recommended to post your config ( OS etc ) and the log ( after you have read it ) if you have any ( if too long host it and link it )

 

 

Note that i am not using windows anymore, but several various Linux, so i won't be able to help you much on the windows specific help.

 

If i remember correctly it is just some crap created by steam in rare cases and even cleaning it completely won't reverse it, you most probably have to get your hands dirty by messing around with some files, which should fix the problem.

 


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post #7 of 7
Did not work. Searched steam. Nothing found. Please advise!
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