Shutdown when I disconnect network cable

October 18, 2010 at 17:14:25
Specs: Windows XP
I get the "Windows must now restart because the remote procedure call(RPC) service terminated" if my network cable disconnects from my router.

I've been using the "shutdown -a" command to prevent this most of the time, but if I'm messing around the back of the computer and don't notice the network cable disconnect, then I'm SOL.

Most of what I've been able to find relates to an old virus that MS closed the exploit for back in 2003.

OS was created with nLite XP slipstreamed with SP3 and all updates installed at the time of this post.

Any help would be appreciated.

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October 18, 2010 at 18:22:16
disconnecting the network cable should only result in a popup saying network media disconnected.

any messages if you just shake the cable where it goes into the pc? Looking for a possible electrical short.

could be windows grab bag of responses has a bit of misdirection.

But the error is specific with RPC mentioned. Never had that happen because of a cable. RPC is one of the services attacked by malware/spyware, mostly the Blaster worm.

You check out clean?

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October 18, 2010 at 20:02:14
Sounds like the old Blaster virus.

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October 19, 2010 at 10:05:05
AVG Free does not detect any viruses. Also, my understanding is that MS fixed the exploit Blaster used to attack the system. As I mentioned in my original post, my updates are current.

Additionally, the behavior I am experiencing is not the same as the symptoms of a Blaster infection. From what I've read Blaster causes the RPC related shutdown message to appear after bootup, not when the network connection is lost. If I'm wrong about this, please provide a link.

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October 19, 2010 at 10:30:56
try a different checker

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