06-16-2009, 11:58 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
I'd like to know if there's an anti-virus/anti-spyware that, if my computer accidentally gets cut off, will resume where it left off? So, if the scan was 20% complete, and the computer turns off, once the computer is restarted it'll resume at 20%.
My computer, for some odd reason, keeps randomly turning off -- especially at night (usually after midnight). I've tried removing dust from the vents, wiping the vents with a little rubbing alcohol and a dry cloth, and using a fan to blow into the vents (in case it's getting too hot inside the hard drive). Nothing works.
A friend of mine told me to run an anti-trojan program; unfortunately, that didn't work. I've also run anti-virus scans (with AVG Free Edition) and anti-spyware scans (with LavaSoft, Anniversary Edition), and those didn't work either. The last time AVG & LavaSoft did a full scan was early this year (maybe January or February). But now, when I try running full scans, the computer ALWAYS cuts off.
Usually when I turn the computer back on, it gets frozen at the blue "HP/Intel" screen (Screen 1 of 4). Sometimes it'll go straight to the black "boot screen" (Screen 2 of 4; i.e., the screen where you can choose to use the Home Recovery Console, or go straight into Windows XP)...but then it (usually) immediately cut off. [*]
[*] = When my computer boots up, I always see four different screens before it reaches my desktop: a blue "HP/Intel" screen (Screen 1), a black "boot screen" (Screen 2; i.e., the screen where you can choose to use the Home Recovery Console, or go straight into Windows XP), a black "Windows XP" logo screen (Screen 3), and a blue "Welcome" screen (Screen 4).
The computer will work normally again if I leave it alone for 30 minutes (or 1-6 hours, depending on its mood). But it'll also (usually) work if I do something more dangerous: unplug/replug the computer, and cause the outlet to spark.
It's all very frustrating...but I've pretty much ruled it down to two things:
1) There's a REALLY sneaky (and evil) virus/spyware/trojan on my computer.
2) My hard drive is starting to die out.
I've copied all my important documents to an external hard drive, as a precaution....because I think the hard drive is dying. But I could be wrong...
So... if anyone has suggestions for why my computer keeps turning off (or if just you know an antivirus/antispyware program that'll resume if the computer shuts down), please let me know.