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PC shuts down

By Midho ·
I'm working on E-machines PC with Celeron, 128 MB of RAM, Win XP Home that shuts down by itself after 10-15 min. Message box with counter pops-up, starts counting from 60, and shuts down after 60 seconds. This is the message:
"This system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress and log off. Any unsaved changes will be lost. This shutdown was initiated by NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM.
Time before shutdown: 00:00:60
Windows must now restart because the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service terminated unexpectedly."
Remote Assistance checkbox was checked and I unchecked it, but still the same. Scanned computer for viruses, and didn't find any.
Has anyone encountered this problem?
Any help would be appreciated.

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by jschein In reply to PC shuts down

Sounds like a nice virus... either blaster, gaobot, something to that fact...

You need to disable system restore... boot into safe mode with network support. Run and update your anti-virus.

Use lavasoft's Adaware and / or Spybot S&amp to clean the rest of your system.

Download latest service packs from microsoft...

Reboot normally, re-activate system restore. You should find a nice worm or files that have been screwing around in your computer.

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by Chris910 In reply to PC shuts down

Download this tool (stinger) from Mcafee and follow the directions to remove the virus on your system.

If you have to use your own sysyem to download the tool kill the timmed shutdown by clicking on
Start-->Run-->type "shutdown -a" then hit enter.

when you have completed the removal the first thing you should do is download and install the "Windows RPC Patch" from windows update.

The second thing you should do is to invest in some virus scanning software.

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by Kiehl45 In reply to PC shuts down

This has actually happened to myself on my home PC! I also run on Xp and what an annoying error message. I couldnt get anything done, util i ran norton antivirus! Other wise try a system restore back to an earlier point before the "virus" came into play.

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by jacky1tech In reply to PC shuts down

this is what you do.
go to control panel, administrative tools, services and click on Remote Procedure Call (RPC).
On the tab at top click on "recovery" and change all the failures to Take no action. reboot and then download Microsoft critical updates all done.

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