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Random restarts of the pc which is only fixed by Last Known Good Configuration

Hi Everyone:

       I have been experiencing a random recycling or restarting of the pc lately which happened once before some time back, around 2 months or so.  This time, it restarts itselfself randomly for about 3 times, then, a screen appears listing menu options like Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Command Prompt Only, Last Known Good Configuration, etc.  Interestingly, if I choose Last Known Good Configuration, the problem becomes fixed and the pc boots straight into the Windows XP Pro SP2 desktop environment.  If I choose any other option, even Safe Mode, it simply just restarts itself instead of going into any kind of desktop.  

        I am not sure what could be causing this situation.  I do get frequent alerts from AOL Spyware indicating spyware detected and gives me the option of blocking and deleting them which is a nice feature.  Also, I sometimes see a small window titled AOL Dialer which request a username and password.  I believe this is something commonly seen with dial up connections to AOL, but, since I have a broadband connection to AOL, DSL, I find this to be suscpious as well.  

        Maybe I am pulling straws here, but, there may be a connection between the malware and the random restarts of the pc which is only fixed by selecting Last Known Good Configuration.  

        Any help on resolving this situation will be appreciated.  At the moment, the pc is working great with no random restarts.  

        Thanks in advance for any advice to this matter.  I look forward to reading everyone's ideas.

        George
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       Thanks so much for the prompt feedback.  Incidentally, is prevx1 freeware or shareware?

       George
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GMartin,

The two software titles I mentioned are trial versions which are free of charge.  I highly suggest running those two and seeing if it helps even just a little bit.  I believe it will.
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Prevx1 is a trial version also.
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Inspect the capacitors on the motherboard and INSIDE the PSU.
www.badcaps.net/ident
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Hi Everyone:

        Using a battery of test recommended from the various resourceful links, I cleaned the spyware from the system.  However, each time my computer boots, AOL SpySweeper automatically finds a list of web trackers and gives me the option of blocking and deleting them.  Of course, I go ahead and first block then delete them.  

          After using the pc throughtout the week, I have not noticed any more random rebooting of the system.  The explanation given by ryanarak certainly makes sense when looking at the grass roots of this problem.  Thanks much for explaining to me how choosing Last Known Good Configuration would temporarily solve this problem until further intervention is taken like the use of anti-malware utilities.

          Thanks again everybody for the wonderful help.

         George
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Happy to help, George.
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