Windows randomly shuts down

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RabitX

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Hi

For the past, I'd say about a month (maybe a bit more), my computer has been shutting down on me with no warning at all. It's like someone cut off the entire power supply to it, and sometimes while I'm trying to reboot it, it shuts down as well. It happens no matter what program(s) I'm using, and the time it takes to shut down varies with no pattern at all. I have AdAware, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Norton AntiVirus installed on my computer. All of these have been coming up with no viruses or spyware that it can find on my computer, so I'm pretty sure the problem is not that. I'm thinking it may be the RAM or the power supply. I hadn't installed anything new to the computer for months before the problem started occuring, so I highly doubt it has to do with any new software introduced to the computer that might have had a detrimental effect on it. I thought it may be overheating due to dirt, dust, and debris so I cleaned the tower out but the problem still persists. Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated as this computer is a vital tool for me.

-RabitX
 
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A complete power off certainly suggests hardware more than software, so I would share your concerns about the Power Supply Unit as a likely cause.

Software (virus etc) activity can restart a PC but sudden unannounced power offs are not indicative of that.
 
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My system has just started doing the same thing. Starting to believe it's the power supply.
 
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