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Ghost in my machine?

  1. Feb 4, 2007 #1
    I could really use some help on this one, it's really driving me mad.
    A few days ago my computer started to shut down and restart anytime I would try to leave the room, I even crawled out of my chair, crawled across the floor through the door, but to no avail, it realized I was leaving it, and promptly shut down.
    This is not a joke, although I'm thinking it might be one on me some how.
    Please, send your suggestions or thoughts, presently any reply would not be considered idiotic.:cry: please help, I don't want to lose anymore hair.
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  3. Feb 4, 2007 #2


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    Sounds like you have that trojan that shuts down the computer. Do you have virus software like Norton? My daughter had this on her computer and running Norton detected it and cleaned it.
  4. Feb 4, 2007 #3
    I'm running AVG, but I have also used the online virus scanners Bittorrent and Panda, it didn't find anything.
    Personally I cant see a virus being the culpret, because how does it know when I leave the room, I don't use a web camera.
  5. Feb 4, 2007 #4
    I meant bitdefender
  6. Feb 4, 2007 #5


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    It probably just seems that way, it can't see you.

    Get Norton. You'll need something that extensive to rid yourself of it.
  7. Feb 4, 2007 #6


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    I would check connectors.
    Are power cords loose?
    Verify everything is fully inserted.
  8. Feb 5, 2007 #7
    the blaster worm did this, so i recomend you download a blaster check tool
    i dont remember if it allways gave a warning first but its worh a try, if there is no virus found, you should check your logs, start with control panel - Admin tools - Event log and check for anything unusual, check your registery, download 'hijackthis' ( www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html ) and check if there is any suspicious services, and i advice to surf around on forums to read about other peoples problems if you dont recognise a service.
    and finaly if this still doesnt help you with your problem, you should download and install windows developer tools, and study your dump files
    ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315263 ) (i hope its not in swedish as mine)
    this is about everything i can help you with now, for further help you need to give me more information on your setup, when did this problem begin? did you install anything? oh and.. it would be good to know atleast what OS you use, as i asumed you use windows2000/windowsXP
  9. Feb 5, 2007 #8


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  10. Feb 5, 2007 #9
    You pc will automatically shut when your processor overheats...
  11. Feb 5, 2007 #10
    Although I will get the patch and I will install Hyjack this once I run a few of my spyware programs first.
    I think that it might have more with static buildup in the room, or something to that effect.
    There are no lose wires, and there are sometimes that it doesn't do it.
    I use Win XP Pro, I'm on a wireless connection D-Link, I've got Kerio firewall, I run Winpatrol, AVG, WheresJames startup manager, Xoftspy, Adaware, and Spybot.
    I also considered that maybe I was overheating also so I took off both sides of the CPU.
    I'll let you know if I figure it out.
  12. Feb 6, 2007 #11
    I really hope your not running all those programs at once, multiple AV programs running will mess up your system.
    hmmm, took of both sides of the CPU? is it just me or does that make no sense at all? if your CPU overheats you should get a POST message about it when booting or something like that.
    now considering if it wouldnt be a virus, i would start by checking out some harware.
    if you have multiple RAM modules, try removing one and see if that helps, somethimes the RAM go bad and can make your computer Freeze, Boot etc.
    Make sure your PSU(power supply unit) has enough effect in it and/or is it broken?
    but does this boot happen randomly? or when you start your computer up? how about safe mode? does it reboot then?
    have you tried Checkdisk?
  13. Feb 8, 2007 #12
    I don't run any of the spyware or AV programs at the same time, although the online AV programs ad a file to your PC that allows it to not effect the onboard AV.
    I took the sides off because it allows more air into the machine.
    Since I have taken off the side panels it seems so far so good, no longer shutting down when I leave the room.
    Ran chkdsk, and since it now seems to be ok again if it starts doing it again I'll start it in safemode.
  14. Feb 13, 2007 #13
    Ok let me ask a few questions.

    1.) Has it ever NOT shutdown when you have left and came back? Or is it just most of the time. (maybe it is a ghost :p)

    2.) Has it ever shutdown while you have been sitting there doing nothing, but jsut watching it?

    now that I am done with the haunting questions if it is some ghost, let's get more technical

    3.) Have you noticed any other weird occurrences with the computer besides this that may be related?

    4.) What sort of programs do you run on the computer? Namely, do you run any number-crunching programs? Like BOINC-Seti? or a variant of that type of program that uses your spare processor to calculate data.

    5.) How old is the computer? Do you have indoor animals that shed a lot of hair? This could be an overheating issue. If it is a Compaq computer (God help you) the processor fan stops and turns depending on your computer usage and temperature of the processor. If you leave the computer idle, the wonderful programming of the Compaq designers may cause the fan to stop while it is idle and overheat. Whether it is a Compaq or not, open the case and check for dust or hair accumulation.

    6.) What type of "shut down" does it completely crash? or does it go through the shutdown process? Or does it restart?

    Answer these for me and I will try to help you out!

  15. Aug 27, 2010 #14
    Did you get answer
    I have seen your problem ghost in machine..
    It is already past period of years..you posted,so, you must have got the solution or known what the problem was..?(Feb5-2007)
    I am very anxious to know the answer for it please post answer,how you solved it.
    Are you using physics forums now..how are you ..
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