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#1 xtdg134

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 10:11 PM

My computer lately has been restarting with out warning. No blue screen of death. it's not freezing, it's just restarting. Also, the hosts file in WINDOWS/System32/Drivers/etc has become a permanent note pad file, rather than what ever it normally is...I'm not really all that computer literate, I just used the host file to keep my niece of off myspace, as she has a tendency to download things she doesn't need to be downloading. Do you guys have any idea how to fix this?

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 01:43 AM

Check in the event viewer for any error messages at the time of the restarts.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 06:53 AM

By permanent Notepad file, do you mean that it has a file extension of .txt? If so, make a backup copy and then remove the .txt extension from the original.

This may not be your only problem tho' - it could be that:
1) You're infected
2) That your niece has learned a way to workaround your precautions and has either hosed your system, or has downloaded something (which brings us back to 1) :thumbsup:

I'd suggest these free, online scans for your system to ensure that your system is clean:

http://safety.live.com
http://housecall.trendmicro.com

If you come up clean, then we can delve further into the realm of how to prevent this. It's fairly easy to do - but the kids today are smart, so it'll be a constant battle!
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