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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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Shutdowns can be caused by many things. If you have your pc setup for automatic updates, some updates require a reboot and will do that automatically. Normally you can prevent that from happening by changing the settings from automatically updating to notify me first before updating.

The shutdown can also be caused by the cpu overheating. Your computer will automatically shut down to protect itself.

Shutdowns can also be created by a infected computer. Malware can cause this.

With out further details, such as what you were doing at the time of the shutdown it's difficult to say why your system is shutting down.

I can say that normally if its a update your system will shut down and reboot, not always, but usually.
Not a lot of help but additional information is really needed. What you are doing, brand of pc, if you have loaded new software or hardware, as much information as you can provide would help.

Sometimes, just goggling you problem on line with the make of the pc will help you find the answer you are having. Many times the problem you are having has already been addressed and a solution provided.

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Create One-Click Shutdown and Reboot Shortcuts:


First, create a shortcut on your desktop by right-clicking on the desktop, choosing New, and then choosing Shortcut. The Create Shortcut Wizard appears. In the box asking for the location of the shortcut, type shutdown. After you create the shortcut, double-clicking on it will shut down your PC.
But you can do much more with a shutdown shortcut than merely shut down your PC. You can add any combination of several switches to do extra duty, like this:
shutdown -r -t 01 -c "Rebooting your PC" Double-clicking on that shortcut will reboot your PC after a one-second delay and display the message "Rebooting your PC." The shutdown command includes a variety of switches you can use to customize it. Table 1-3 lists all of them and describes their use.
I use this technique to create two shutdown shortcuts on my desktop—one for turning off my PC, and one for rebooting. Here are the ones I use:
shutdown -s -t 03 -c "Bye Bye m8!" shutdown -r -t 03 -c "Ill be back m8 ;)!"
Switch What it does
-s Shuts down the PC.
-l Logs off the current user.
-t nn Indicates the duration of delay, in seconds, before performing the action.
-c "messagetext" Displays a message in the System Shutdown window. A maximum of 127 characters can be used. The message must be enclosed in quotation marks.
-f Forces any running applications to shut down.
-r Reboots the PC.

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Hi,

I suggest try to check these things on your machine.

->Check if the machine is Overheating.
->Check which part of the machine is Overheating.
->See if the Fan of the machine is Running(Feel if the air vent of the machine)

Cause of Automatic Shutdown:
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Most likely those are the cause of the machine keeps on shutting down unexpectedly.

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Your PC is overheating, it is shutting down to protect itself from permanently damaging itself. Ensure that your computer components are free of dust. pay special attention to the CPU cooler and Graphics Card cooler. Use a paint brush and Vacuum cleaner. If you are unable to do it then hand it over to a pro, as you have to be aware of ESD, Electro Static Discharge.
Click here to download hardware monitor.
Click here to download GPU-Z.
CPU temps should not exceed 45 degrees centigrade.
GPU temps should not exceed 65 degrees centigrade.

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***Using the Start Menu
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***Using the 'three finger salute'
Hold down Ctrl and Alt, and press Delete.
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  • · Select 'Shut down' from the list using the cursor keys and press Enter one more time.

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***Hit Alt F4 'till you can't any more
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That is a strange problem.
I will help you to create a shortcut on your desktop for that icon, whenever you need to shutdown your computer, just click that shortcut on the icon.

Right click on the Desktop.
Left click on New > Shortcut.
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In the Type the location of the item: textbox enter
%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s

The -s parameter is used to shut down the computer.

The following two parameters can be used with -s:
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The following command would shut down instantly.
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Click the Next > button.

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In the Type a name for this shortcut: textbox enter
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Click the Finish button.

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Whenever you want to shutdown your computer, click the shortcut on your desktop that says ShutDown My Computer, and your comptuer will shut down the usual way, the way it used to shutdown.


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