An auto shutdown virus is a malicious software program that will shut down your computer. Viruses can be set to run at certain times, or in correlation to an event, such as another program's operation or a user action. Many antivirus programs will detect and delete files associated with an auto shutdown virus. New viruses are made every day, so it is important to update the antivirus software before a virus scan.
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Things you need
- Anti-virus software
Download any antivirus program that supports your operating system. There are many different software packages that vary in price and features. Make sure that any free antivirus program that you download continues to update its virus database. Once the software is installed, it should ask if you would like to check for updates. Choose "Yes."
Reboot the computer into "Safe Mode." Press the "F8" key during the start up. Select the option to boot into "Safe Mode" and press "Enter."
Open the antivirus program. Select the drive on your computer that you wish to scan. The virus scan may take several minutes, depending on how many files are stored on the designated drive. Once the scan if finished, select the files to be deleted or quarantined by the program, and click "OK."
Reboot the computer into "Normal Mode." The auto shutdown virus should now be removed. Check your computer files to verify that the antivirus software has deleted all of the files associated with the auto shutdown virus. If not, remove the files manually. The specific files and folders associated with the virus will vary depending on the specific auto shutdown virus you have. See the Resources section of this article for descriptions of specific viruses and their individual symptoms and files.
Tips and warnings
- Many software companies offer free trial periods of their software that will still preform a full virus scan and removal.
- If the antivirus program fails to remove the virus, it may become necessary to restore the Windows system.
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