Skip to comments.My Computer Has a Virus---Turns off by itself! (Can someone help)
Posted on 01/22/2005 3:45:24 PM PST by zoobee
Can anyone help me? I have a computer here (My brothers actually) that constantly turns on and off by itself. Sometimes it doesn't even let you boot up until the 4th or 5th self-rebooting....it tries and then starts over and over again.
I remember not too long ago a virus did this and was hoping someone in here could tell me what virus did that....and how I can fix it? It won't let you get online either.....
No...he did not have a firewall and let Norton expire......I yelled at him already.... :)
What computer do you have?
Blaster worm and it's variants.
It is a AMD/WinXp.
Time for a ReFormat? I usually reformat every year or so, if not because of junk like you're experiencing, then because Windows is only good for a year or so.
Oh, I'm assuming XP. To fix it, enable the built in firewall, go online and download a removal tool. If it's an OS other than XP, you'll have to install new AV software to remove the virus, or go to another computer and download the removal tool from one of the anti-virus company's web sites.
IT's a desktop---AMD/AThlon/XP....I can't turn it on until I disconnect my own. I brought it home with me. I never thot about the power supply....how can I tell if it's burning out? Or if the battery is dying?
Fill us in. What version of Windows? Let me guess - W95 or W98 or Millenium? How old is it? What cards do you have in it? Reason I ask is because a while back I had that problem and I believe it was resolved by either replacing the Power Supply 'cause the video card (ATI ALL-In-Wonder) and the other cards were finally taxing it too much or bad device drivers. I forget.
Format and reinstall. Easy as 3.1415926535897932384626433832795.
free online virus scan/remover:
if it's a laptop, check the fans before you spend money on software. Laptops shut down if they're overheating, one of my friends had the same random issue show up, and two weeks of service calls later it turned out to be a fan issue.
Still bet on the power supply - what cards video,etc are in it?
It could be a case of the computer running hot, and shuts down automatically to protect itself.
Real men don't whine.
Isn't it too late to start a firewall? From the way it's acting...it's getting to the black screen (where you press F@ to enter it)...then it stops and reboots again.....isn't that the registry? Would a firewall NOW help that? Just a guess on my part...maybe it's not the registry...
the Beeber board has been stuned
The restarting could be due to a setting in the BIOS. Get into the BIOS and check to see if there is a setting that restarts or shuts down the system when a serious error is detected. Turn it off then you should be able to get in and troubleshoot the virus.
Boot to safemode (F8) at startup, install and run Adaware or Spybot (search google) .
If you're able to to get the computer to boot from there, install Zonealarm, go to windowsupdate.com and install all necessary updates, the install Microsoft's antispyware tool. THis will give him a safeguard in the future.
However, if the computer is old or low quality, there could also be a hardware failure causing the poweroffs. (Most likely RAM or powersupply)
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