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"Is it a Virus?"

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Thu 22/04/04 at 00:55
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Every few days my family's pc spontaneously decides to shut down.

It gives me a 30 second warning, claims to be initiated by "NT AUTHORITY/SYSTEM" (We run Win XP, if that's relevant).
It explains that the cause was that "the Remote Procedure Protocol (RPC) terminated unexpectedly".

Anyone know whether this is a virus or a genuine fault, and (for either scenario) what I can do about it?


As the rest of my family use the computer, I can't know what people may have unwittingly downloaded.

Thanks
Mon 26/04/04 at 21:57
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"I crashed into a va"
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my advise windowsupdate.com every 2 weeks or set windows to automatically download patches that are released
Fri 23/04/04 at 21:11
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*runs update and virus stuff*

Thanks people
Thu 22/04/04 at 05:55
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"bing bang bong"
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It's the blaster worm (or variant of). If it happens again, type "shutdown -a" at the command prompt (or in Start->Run) to abort the shutdown. Then use a virus scanner (http://housecall.trendmicro.com/), fix the problems it identifies, then run Windows Update.

For the love of god people, please run Windows Update.
Thu 22/04/04 at 02:03
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"How Handy."
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Run windows update a few times, its a kind of virus yeah, send a certain signal to a specific port on an XP machine, and it will shut down. Microsoft have since solved this with a patch.
Thu 22/04/04 at 00:55
Regular
Posts: 8,220
Every few days my family's pc spontaneously decides to shut down.

It gives me a 30 second warning, claims to be initiated by "NT AUTHORITY/SYSTEM" (We run Win XP, if that's relevant).
It explains that the cause was that "the Remote Procedure Protocol (RPC) terminated unexpectedly".

Anyone know whether this is a virus or a genuine fault, and (for either scenario) what I can do about it?


As the rest of my family use the computer, I can't know what people may have unwittingly downloaded.

Thanks

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