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Auto restart? I get back home from work every day, and I find that the internet connection got disconnected, certain programs that usualy come on on start up and I close them are open, and nothing is open - no open explorer windows, no browsers open etc. Am I right to suspect that the PC is restarting on its own? What is causing this? no one else has been in the house, and I checked and everything is normal in the power options in the control panel. I only left emule running, and maybe firefox. Any help will be appreciated.

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Re: auto restart?

Maybe some malware has taken over your computer. It can happen.Turn it off when you are not using it. Saves energy! Your E-mail is being saved in a server somewhere. You will still get it.

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Re: auto restart?

Go to your start button, then run, a window will pop up. On the line type in msconfig. When the box pops up go to the last tab on the right which should be the startup tab. When that tab opens you'll see a list of your active programs. Go down the list of programs and disable the ones that you don't want working during the time you're not at home. Re-start your computer and this should solve your problem.

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Re: auto restart?

Hi: I agree with the opinion that computers are supposed to be shutdown while we are not working on them... let's see: not only you will spend less energy as your operative system (in this case - Windows XP) will reload all the programs and information needed... and this is a true time save because your computer will run faster... But let's focus on the issue: - if that was provoked by you, don't do it again because each time you do something like that, Windows will accumulate errors... - if the problem is with the software (like you cannot have access to your Windows) you should use the "System Restore" Tool. It's a good tool for domestic computers and the common user If you need more detailed info just post again ;) Regards

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Re: auto restart?

You might want to try running the Apple Hardware Test(AHT), to check out the hardware. How to run the AHT depends on your computer model, you should be able to find it on If you find nothing then maybe running Repair Disk from the CD... Link to Directions: Hope this helps, I used to do technical support for apple... Post back if you still need help... Or you can check out Apple's discussion boards on their website. - Vince

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Re: auto restart?

SillyGirl if you go to control panel and the n power options do you have any thing like the hard drive or monitor to hibernate??? go to the hibernate tape on top to see if its enable or disable. if its disable Im not suere but a possiblity that some on your IP addy and comming into your puter??? Or maybe you have a power supply overheating problem and the power supply shuts down intermittantly?? I know alot of peeps say they leave there puters on all the time but why??? if your not using the puter as a slavr or a main hub then why not conserve energy and turn it off???? just a thought as i alway turn mine off if I leave the house or go to sleep but its on when im home cause im usually doing some drawings on cad Good Luck

Posted on May 17, 2006

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k try this delete all temp files and cookies and restore the inter net explorer
to delete cookies and files follow this
open i-explorer ->in top->click tool->inter net options->general->delete temp files,cookies,clear history>
to restore the i-explorer follow this
open i-explorer ->in top->click tool->inter net options->click on advance ->in bottom click on restore default
and reboot the pc>if still the same issue then try with different browser
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Could you clarify this a little? What page would you like to set as your home page?

If you go to Tools -> Internet Options, you should be able to enter your home page there.

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