9c Machine Check Exception-Regular time intervals

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The Hound

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HP Pavilion 513c, Celeron 1.8, 256 RAM.

This thing was riddled with spyware (still not 100% clean, but that's another thread....).
The machine would reboot every so often when idle--the owner called it random, so I ran a windebug on the minidump files--there were about 70 a day!
All returned a 9c machine check exception pointing to hardware. I've attached 2 debuglogs-they're all quite similar.

I then arranged the minidumps in detail view, sorted by Date Modified-lo and behold, every 15 minutes, then every 16 minutes, then 15, then 16, and so on.
The errors stopped when I was running anti-malware scans and removal tools, then started again when I left the machine for an hour.

I would expect more random timing from RAM or processor...and more errors when the hardware was under load-

Any clues? I'm howling at the moon with frustration....
 

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Woof...I mean bump-any guesses what electrical device in the house might cause such a regular error??? AC current is the only thing I can think of that's that consistent.
 
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