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Involuntary Shutdown My PC shuts itself down in the middle of whatever I am doing. help?

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  • zenmamablue Jun 24, 2008

    I forgot to mention a few things :)

    I have a HP Pavilion Slimline s3127c Desktop Pc

    I'm running Windows Vista

    I have Nortons and it isn't detecting any viruses,just a few tracking cookies and I had it delete them.

    I did what you said and It hasn't shutdown.....yet.

    If i have a virus would Nortons not catch it?

    thank you so much

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Hi zen,
Can you please do this for me so that we can isolate the problem

Right click my computer and select properties
advanced tab,under start up and recovery,click settings

uncheck automatically restart under system failure.

In this way, we can see if the system was having a problem causing it to shutdown. or it might be a nasty virus behind your pc.

send me a feedback

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

  • james yu
    james yu Jun 25, 2008

    Hi zen,
    its not that norton is bad, or not good but again, there is no such thing as perfect antivirus, some of them just can't detect some. It's just prevention like, do not open email attachments if you dont know the sender. Do not download from P2P softwares because you dont know if they have virus on it.

    Prevention is the best key.

    I use nod32 at home and together with deepfreeze
    and use antivir together with malwarebytes in the office.

    but remember not to use 2 antivirus.

    Norton is heavy..


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