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What the....BSOD all of a sudden?


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#1 YesImOtto

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 03:29 AM

Yeah, not long ago, gringo_pr I think it was, helped me clean my computer. I even did lots of scans using MBAM, Superanti, and AVG, and bitdefender online scanner, and Esetonline scanner...lol thats a lot.

All good.

Yet this afternoon I was watching on youtube, a video on how to use firezilla. Mid way through the video I got BSOD again...damn that scared me a lot. I lost many of my work too. So very annoying.



Well so basically I think this has something to do with my previous post regarding sandboxie and BSOD. I have no idea why, but gringo has helped me and it is all good. LIke I said I also did that many scans. Why is it I get BSOD all of a sudden?

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:22 AM

Did the BSOD provide a stop error messages or identify a driver (.sys file) as shown in this example?

Crashes (BSOD), unexpected shutdowns, sudden freezing, random restarting, and booting problems could be symptomatic of a variety of things to include hardware/software issues, overheating caused by a failed processor fan, bad memory (RAM), failing or underpowered power supply, CPU overheating, motherboard, video card, faulty or unsigned device drivers, CMOS battery going bad, BIOS and firmware problems, dirty hardware components, programs hanging or unresponsive in the background, and sometimes malware. Even legitimate programs like CD Emulators (Daemon Tools, Alchohol 120%, Astroburn, AnyDVD) can trigger crashes, various stop error messages and system hangs so you may or may not be dealing with multiple issues. If the computer is overheating, it usually begins to shutdown/restart on a more regular basis. Troubleshooting for these kinds of issues can be arduous and time consuming. There are no shortcuts.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:14 AM

Yes, sometimes I get something saying like:

"Physical something dump memory something.... 50% and starts going up to 100% then restarts itself"

Oh.....so there are MANY causes of BSOD huh? Not only viruses?

So what is it quietman7? Is there virus in my comp? I am sure there are none.... -.- just a few days ago gringo helped me clean my computer >_<

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 12:57 PM

When Windows detects a problem from which it cannot recover, it displays stop error messages which contain specific information that can help diagnose and resolve the problem detected by the Windows kernel. An error message can be related to a broad number of problems such as driver conflicts, hardware issues, read/write errors, and software malfunctions and malware. In Windows XP, the default setting is for the computer to reboot automatically when a fatal error or crash occurs. You may not see the error code because the computer reboots too fast.

An easier alternative is to turn off the automatic reboot feature so you can actually see the error code/STOP Message when it happens - this is also known as the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD). To change the recovery settings and Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows XP, go to Start > Run and type: sysdm.cpl
Click Ok to open System Properties.

Alternatively you can just press WINKEY + Pause/Break keys to bring up System Properties.
  • Go to the Advanced tab and under "Startup and Recovery", click on the "Settings" button and go to "System failure".
  • Make sure "Write an event to the system log" is checked and that "Automatically restart" is unchecked.
  • Click "OK" and reboot manually for the changes to take effect.
This can also be done in the Windows Advanced Options Menu as shown here by pressing the F8 key repeatedly like you would do for entering safe mode.

-- Vista users can refer to these instructions: How To Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows Vista.
-- Windows 7 users can refer to these instructions: How To Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows 7.

Doing this won't cure your problem but instead of crashing and restarting you will get a blue diagnostic screen with an error code and other information to include file(s) that may be involved which will allow you to better trace your problem. Write down the full error code and the names of any files/drivers listed, then provide that information in your next reply so we can assist you with investigating the cause. Without that specific information, we would only be guessing rather than troubleshooting.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 09:14 PM

Thanks, I ve set it to manual reboot.

So...basically BSOD does not always mean I have virus, correct?

Well, if it happens again I will tell you.

Also....I downloadaed a firewall from here , PC tools firewall plus

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic366982.html

But My computer has been acting strange since....when I ctrl alt del my comp just goes black and freezes...

What is a good and safe firewall?

EDIT: I just noticed its compatibility, Wiondows 7 isnt included. Is this the reason why?

Alright, I have three choices now I think...between:

Online armor
Comodo
Outpost firewall free.

Which one would you recommend?

Edited by sumosalad, 20 May 2011 - 09:46 PM.


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Posted 20 May 2011 - 09:56 PM

So...basically BSOD does not always mean I have virus, correct?

Correct.


What is a good and safe firewall?

Choosing a firewall is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability/experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating, ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include effectiveness, the amount of resources it utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular firewall that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use and your system. For more specific information to consider, please read How to choose a firewall.

With that said, Online Armor is very good.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 11:49 PM

Ok, maybe I will try online armor. Im interested in Outpost though, it has nice ratings, whereas online armor only has 3.5 = /

Is it ok if I try comodo instead? or even outpost?

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 06:05 AM

Yes you can try whichever one you like.
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