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Restarting at XP startup screen (In All Modes)


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BHardy

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Two nights ago, my computer just restarted on its own while I was on the net. I noticed a lot of random processes taking up the CPU usage before it happened. Now, when it comes on, it goes to the startup options screen, but when I select any option, it just restarts. When I let the timer just run out, it goes to the XP screen then immediately restarts. I removed my hard drive and connected it to my laptop (Which runs on Vista) via an external hard drive shell. Is there any way to fix this issue without restoring or reinstalling XP? Can OTL be set to scan only the external hard drive so that I can post a log? If so, how? Thanks in advance.
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Ztruker

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Random processes almost always means malware. Go to the Virus, Spyware, Malware Removal forum, read the first post and follow instructions.

Come back here once you get a clean bill of health if you still have problems.
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Thanks. I'm going to check in that forum now.

Malware forum thread

Reason for Edit: Add link to malware forum thread. -Z
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Another option is that the RAM in your computer is faulty. Please download memtest86, create a bootable CD or run it from a memory stick and perform a test of at least one complete pass. There shouldn't be any errors (red lines) for the entire duration of the test.
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