My monitor screen goes black. Then my PC reboots by itself.

June 18, 2012 at 11:25:55
Specs: XP
I think I may have a virus. I did run spyware and deleted 306 cookies. However, my PC isn't functioning properly.

In the middle of work, the monitor screen goes blac.

The PC then reboots itself. I'm running MIcrosoft XP

I can open my browser (Firefox) and then the pattern starts all over again - black screen on monitor and then reboots.

HELP .... Wolf

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June 19, 2012 at 01:29:07
That doesn't sound like any virus activity that I ever heard of, more likely faulty hardware is causing it.

Test the hard drive with Seagate SeaTools for DOS which runs from a bootable CD:

You will need IMGBurn to make the CD from the SeaTools ISO file:

When you've made the CD, boot your faulty PC from it and SeaTools will eventually appear.
Select the system hard drive and run the extended/long test on it.

If it passes okay, test the RAM with Memtest86. Again, you need to make a CD from the downloaded ISO file & boot your PC from it:

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June 19, 2012 at 04:01:47
Thx Phil for your help. Could it also be that the fan is not running and with heat buildup the PC shuts itself off ? I don't think I'm hearing the fan .... Wolf

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June 19, 2012 at 14:26:01
Is it an hp?, because then I would say its highly likely its overheating.

:: mike

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June 19, 2012 at 14:58:03
It's a Lenova IBM Mike. I've taken it in to my local shop. They think it's a machine problem and will let me know tomorrow. Thx for jumping in. Cheers

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