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Philips LS1400 - Boot Sector Virus switching itself off randomly

My Philips Freevents PC (running windows XP media Center edition) has recently shown a boot sector virus and switches itself off at random. I don't believe it to be an overheating issue as it sometimes does it as soon as windows has booted and other times 10-15 mins after being switched on.

I'm trying to figure out a way to remove the boot sector virus and hope the virus is related to my random power down issues.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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  • jezza_hachi_ Jun 19, 2009

    I will attempt shekhar1234's simple method when i'm at my PC, however my computer doesnt have a floppy drive to create a system disk

  • jezza_hachi_ Jun 19, 2009

    "10 - 15 minutes does not really give you a big window to sort the problem but it is possible.
    What anti virus do you have installed?
    When did you last run a scan?"

    Since I only just re-installed windows I haven't been able to re-install AVG with the time scale to run a scan. What Antivirus program would be recommended for this issue?

  • Alun Cox May 11, 2010

    10 - 15 minutes does not really give you a big window to sort the problem but it is possible.
    What anti virus do you have installed?
    When did you last run a scan?



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The master boot record can be cleaned and fixed by your antivirus software, if you are or were using any floppy's make sure you format them.

Have a look at this web page for full instruction on how to repair the MBR (master boot record) and follow the advice given.

If you don't understand then please feel free to post back.

Good luck

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    Lee Hodgson Jun 19, 2009

    First of all try running the in-built software that Microsoft provides for any malicious software.
    Click on the start menu, select run and type in the box mrt.exe and hit enter, scan the computer for problems.

    Antivir is also a good tool for this job, get the free version here >>>>>>>

    Install it and try and run it, if it does not give you enough time to run it, boot the PC up in safe mode and run it.


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Richt click on the hard drive -> choose properties->In properties window click on tools tab->in error check column click on check now->just check both the check boxes on check disk window- then click on start->after check completes restart your computer

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