Could it be a virus???

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  1. Swerve

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    For the last 3 days after I've shut down my PC via the usual Start menu and when I've come back to it in the morning and it's been switched on/booted up!?!

    Yesterday I re-installed XP, no low level format but did create a seperate partition for Linux which was'nt there before and ran the full NTFS formatting option, I figure this could fuk up a previously installed *ware

    After the re-install it happened again so I booted into safe mode and ran up to date versions of AVG, SpyBot, Adaware, AVG spyware (was Ewido) and CWshredder.

    All that was found was a few tracking cookies.

    Can an infection really get your PC to switch it's self on?[​IMG]

    When I shut down a previously installed copy of Fedora ( on the 2nd partition/same hard drive ) it did'nt happened.

    Thanks for any info!!
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    With the small possibility of a recent program you started using, it sounds like a hardware issue.

    Do you know how to clear your cmos?


    On your motherboard is a set of pins that will look like this, and will say "cmos" next to them:

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    What you will do is take that plastic jumper and move it over one pin.
    Wait a minute or so, then put it back and boot your pc back up.

    Let it run for a bit, and try to shut it down and let me know what happens.
     
  3. Swerve

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    Thats Doc (back2thefuture right?),

    I'll try that, should I not have one/cant find it could I try taking out the battery and putting it back in again or is that BIOS I'm talking about?

    Thanks for asistance,

    McFly
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh yeah, one more thing. How old is the pc?
     
  5. Swerve

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    PC's about 18months old, AMD XP2800, gig ram, no gfx card, new-ish PSU
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well, Marty... :mamoru:

    Yeah taking the battery out will work, *BUT* - if you do that you really need to disconnect the power supply from the motherboard. That's because the power supply's caps hold a charge for quite some time and will tend to keep the cmos charged for a while.
    Also the motherboard has caps as well.
    So if you do that, take the psu connector off, the battery out and wait for several minutes just to be safe.
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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  8. Swerve

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    Thanks very much for the help. I'll try it later.
     
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    Ghost machine :noes:
     

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