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Someone please help me, before i throw my pc out the window!

I have had the same problem for quite some time now and am running out of ideas. For some reason my computer keeps on restarting on its own (whenever it wants, but more than ever when i open web links). I use an online mail server and I cant even open up emails sometimes because it takes it a few minutes to open the link and by then it has already restarted. I have heard everything from checking the cpu temp., to making sure I have enough ram, to software/hardware compatability to blaster worms but nothing seems to work. Someone please help me before my computer becomes a paperweight. I am running win98 on a compaq with a 1200mhz intel-s cpu, 128mb ram, and 8gig hard drive. I dont know if anymore info. is needed to be able to help me but i would rather some knowleged person out there give me some advice before i end up paying 39.95 for some one to tell me they dont know what is wrong with it. If anyone has any idea please help, i've been told that it might be an automatic restart option that was selected incase of errors but i didn't think win98 had that option. HELP ME PLEASE


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Windows 98 Resources....

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Is this Windows 98 "First Edition" or "Second Edition"...By the way, Blaster doesn't effect Win98...

As you have mentioned, there are a number of issues which could cause the problem...First, please take off the cover of the computer, blow out the dust from inside and leave the cover off. Run the computer. Does that help?

In addition, please follow the procedures in both of the links below to clean up the hard drive:

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

Have you checked for spyware? Please use the free programs at the links below to do so. Download, install, update, then run the programs:


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In addition to Grif's suggestions...

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if you have a dial up modem, try moving it to a different pci slot in the computer. Maybe even if you have a network card do the same. Could be a hardware problem also, I had a problem like that with one of my computers and didn't ever figure it out. Eventually put a new motherboard in it.

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My thought would be that it's a combinaton of Spyware and an inadequate power supply.

The spyware is responsible for kicking the CPU into a high power draw mode, and when you factor in the load from all the other devices connected to the system, it's too much and the PSU resets.

Someone suggested running AdAware, which is a good idea. Combine that with a few trips to the Windows Update site to make sure you're up to date on all the latest security patches, then stop using IE for the love of god. Use something more sensible like Mozilla Firefox.

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