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Computer Shuts Down Randomly

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Haunt, Nov 16, 2011.

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  1. Haunt

    Haunt Thread Starter

    Nov 16, 2011
    Hello. I am having a problem with my computer. Last night, everything was fine. But when I used it today, it's performance was slower. Even opening My Computer takes about 3~5 seconds when it opens instantly before. And it shuts down randomly. Even when running scan disk it shuts down randomly. Sometimes it even shuts down 2 consecutive times.

    I don't know if it's a hardware related problem or a virus. Right now, I am running a disk check and I am using another computer. I haven't tried running a virus scan. But if i'll do, I will use Avast!'s boot-time scan.

    I checked the power supply, cables attached in the cpu, but everything was fine.
    EDIT: I checked my CPU inside (removed the casing) and found out that it was full of dust. Especially the processor. Does this affect the computer? Can this be the source of the problem?

    My computer is only 1 year old, and here is its specs:

    Intel Core i3
    Palit GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128 Bit
    2x 2GB Geil DDR3 RAM (Total of 4GB)
    Western Digital 320GB SATA HDD
    AsRock H55M-LE Motherboard
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
    (Desktop PC)

    If anyone could help me what could I do to know what the problem is, I will really appreciate it.
    I really need help. Thanks!
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Yes, having the interior and the components covered with dust and debris can cause overheating and other problems.

    If you have a portable hair dryer that has a "cool" setting, turn it on "high" fan and give the interior and the components a good blowing out.

    Obviously, you want to do this outside.

    If you don't have a portable hair dryer, you can buy a can of compressed air at a computer or electronics store that's designed for that purpose.


    If the interior has gotten that dirty after having that desktop for only a year, you might consider moving it off the floor or to a less dusty location.

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