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Q.  Hope to get some help...thanks in advance!

Last night I was looking for audio clips of Simpsonís characters (...yes, the TV show). I found a few sites and downloaded some very short clips.

With one site, I noticed something happened similar to other virus problems in the past. Some type of small error type window came up and I noticed a link to system 32. Shortly afterwards, my PC shut down automatically and has been doing so since.

I've run AVG and Spyware Sweeper with no threats found.

Any suggestions? I'm on another PC now to view responses.

A.  Random Rebooting How to turn off Automatic Reboot
In order to figure out why you are getting random reboots, you need to make a settings change to your computer. Go to:

Start > right click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab > Setup and Recovery 'Settings'

UN check 'Automatically Restart'. Click OK.

Reboot your computer. Now when Windows detects a problem it will not automatically reboot, but rather give you a blue screen.

Blue screens are often called 'Blue Screens of Death' (or BSOD) by users, and 'Stop Messages' by Microsoft. I need to know the exact message you see when you get the blue screen. I especially am looking for a set of letters and numbers about half way down the page that take this format:

0x0000008e

This is usually followed by a set of 4 similar numbers in parenthesis. For now I just need the first set of letter and numbers (before the numbers in the parenthesis).

Follow Up To The Above!

After you get the set of numbers and send them to me do the following while I am looking up the error information.

Follow the instructions below and then submit the log to the following address 

http://forums.techguy.org/54-security/

Be patient because this a large problem and there are may people that post HijackThis logs here. 

Go to the address below and Click on the button for Download to the right of HijackThis Self Installer:

http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/index.php?action=tpmod;dl=item5

1. Save the file to your desktop.

2. Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.

3. By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.

4. Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.

5. Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.

6. Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.

7. At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.

8. Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.

9. Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.

10. At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy.  Doing that copies the text to the clipboard.

11. Go To http://forums.techguy.org/54-security/ and paste your log with a brief explanation of the problem you are having.

 DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

A security expert will take a look at your log - please be patient.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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