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Can Malware play havoc with sleep/hibernation modes?

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I was wondering if malware can play havoc with the sleep and/or hibernation modes on a computer?

My 2007 HP laptop with Vista & IE 8 computer spent somewhere between 14-25 hours in hibernation mode, which ended sometime this morning.

Now it's been in sleep mode for 2 1/2 hours, and tapping the mouse to wake it up doesn't do anything.

Some folks on the Microsoft Answers board suggested either hardware or battery issues as the problem, but I'm still trying to narrow down the causes for that lengthy hibernation mode, and the current ongoing sleep mode.

I've always run my laptop with both the battery and AC power working simultaneously; is that a good idea?

Any suggestions regarding the next step (or steps) I should take would be appreciated.

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I've always run my laptop with both the battery and AC power working simultaneously

Unplug the battery if you have it plugged in , unless you are using it for charging -

There is also no need to leave it in "hibernation mode" unless you have problems turning it on -

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