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Well I don't know how much detail I can give since it started getting really bad a few days ago and I just stopped using it figuring it would only made any potential damage worse. I'm posting this from my school's computer lab. First I got stuck logging off so I had to manually shut it down after a day. After that, it seems to simply power off after being turned on for 10-30 minutes. No BSOD. No shut down screen. Just instant lights out. This was all in safe mode btw, I was prompted because of the aforementioned manual shutdown. Since that event, I haven't even been in normal mode. I don't know if that's virus behavior or what, you tell me. Risks were plenty, IRC without a vhost, downloading all kinds of crap, flash games etc. Although I had avast, spyware blaster, and ad aware running. Firstly is there anything I can do to stop the auto shutdown, quick enough before it shuts down? Otherwise I'm just ready to format it and install xp or reinstall vista. I have most of my files backed up. I'd like to know if formatting would guarantee any potential viruses, corruption, etc from lingering and spreading to my usb sticks, external hdd, and DAP?

spex if it helps:
Vista Home 64 bit
4GB RAM
2.2 GHz dual core off the top of my head
I'd be happy to provide any additional details upon request if I know them myself. I can get the exact model and full system specs if need be, I just didn't think it necessary for this.

Thanks

edit man there's a lot I can't remember haha but I just remembered I tried to do a system restore and all the restore points I've made were missing! So I'm guessing this is some type of destructive malware unless that's supposed to happen in safe mode...
 

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Yes, Formatting will get rid of all the Nasties but I would hold off if you can until more experts and or a moderator comes along to offer you some advice.
For example, let us suppose it is a hardware problem, then you would have basically formatted for nothing.

Also, if you choose to format, make sure your USB sticks, external HD, etc., are also clean of Malware/Viruses, etc., otherwise you will just pass it back on to your newly formatted system.

Good luck
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Cool and fair enough. I considered it being a hardware problem but I concluded it would be much more likely to be a software problem with all the lack of care I've given it, while not having any physical abuse incur, to my knowledge.
 
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