My Computer Restarts Automatically - Reasons & Solution

We have discussed many hardware related issues on this blog. This tutorial tells one of the common computer issues, unexpected automatic restarting of a computer. Once I faced this situation where my computer rebooted automatically without providing any warning and I lost every unsaved works. For a week this issue continued and at last I fixed. I believe having a guide for those who face the same problem can be very helpful to identify the reasons for the automatic restarting of their systems. If you can identify why your PC is rebooting suddenly without warning, you will be able to solve it very easily.

Reasons for Unexpected Automatic Reboot of Your Computer

Here we check common reasons for the issue. Some of them are software conflicts, hardware issues and virus infection. Let us check carefully why should a computer restart without giving any warning.

  1. Software /Driver Conflicts

    When your PC acts strange, first verify the last installed software or driver on your computer has no compatibility issues. After installing new software or driver on your PC, if it has any compatibility issues, you may face this issue. If you think the automatic rebooting issue started after installing any new software, you need to uninstall the software from your PC either by add/remove programs or by the built in software removal utility. If the issue persists even after uninstalling the software, you can perform a system restore to a date before the day when the driver was installed.

    1. Uninstall the recently installed software

    2. Perform system restore to an old date

  2. Hardware Issues

    If there are no software compatibility issues on your system, you may check for possible hardware issues. Here is a list of potential hardware problems that can make your PC restarts automatically.

    • Heat related issues

      Brand new Laptops and PCs are designed in a way to shut down or restart automatically if the processor heat exceeds a certain level. Make sure your laptop does not have any heat related issues. Visit the link below to protect your computer from overheating.
      Protect Your Laptop From Overheating

    • Corrupted system memory

      If the RAM modules in your PC are corrupted, that may cause automatic system reboot. To verify it you should start your PC with another piece of RAM and check for the issue.

    • Dust particles in your system cabinet

      Presence of dust particles in CPU may trigger automatic system restart. It is a good practice to clean system cabinet to make your PC free from dust particles.

    • Test Power Supply
      Faulty power supply to your PC can make sure your computer either shut down or reboot automatically without warning. Test it and if you find any issues with power supply, replace it immediately.

    • Possible loose connections

      It is also advised to disconnect hard disk, DVD drive from motherboard and reconnect to avoid any loose connection.

  3. Possible virus infection

    There are some computer viruses powerful enough to reboot your computer without your permission. It is better perform a virus scan on your computer using a reputed Antivirus software.
    Industry's Top Rated Best Free Antivirus With Download Link

Quick Fix to Automatic System Reboot Issue

If you are desperately looking for a quick fix to automatic rebooting issue, you can tell your computer to don't restart automatically for any system error. By default Windows set automatic system reboot on every system failure. Though this option is for preventing further damages on your system, it is really frustrating to see unwanted system reboot for smaller issues. It is better you have the control to reboot your computer instead of automatic reboot by your computer without your permission. In case if you want to disable automatic system reboot on system failure set on your computer, you can disable it under Startup and Recovery. You will see a checkbox to stop Automatic Reboot on Startup and Recovery settings window.
  1. Windows 8 & Windows 7

    1. Click Windows Start

    2. Right Click Computer in Start menu and click Properties
      Disable auto reboot

    3. Click Advanced System Settings
      Prevent Auto-reboot on system failure

    4. Click Settings button under Startup and Recovery
      Disable boot on system failure

    5. Uncheck Checkbox near Automatically restart
      How to Access Startup and Recovery

  2. For Windows XP

    1. Right click on My Computer icon

    2. Click the Properties

    3. Click on the Advanced tab.

    4. Click on the Settings button under Startup and Recovery.

    5. In the Startup and Recovery window uncheck the Automatically restart check box.
      Fix the automatic laptop restart issue

      Click OK.

PS: It is not a good practice to keep the checkbox at Automatically restart unchecked without fixing the exact reasons for the system failure.

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I Cannot Boot My Computer in Safe Mode

Yesterday was a tough day for me because of my old desktop computer. I couldn't  boot my PC in safe mode but it was working fine in normal mode. This tutorial is written based on my efforts to bring back safe boot on my PC with some extra tips. First part of this guide tells common reasons for getting trouble with restarting your computer in safe mode and the second part deals with solving this issue. I have Windows XP on the Desktop computer but the procedure to fix this issue is same for most Windows Operating Systems. Even if you are using Windows 8 or Windows 7, you can follow the instructions below.


Reasons For Having Troubles to Safe Boot a Computer
  1. Possible virus infection

  2. File system error

  3. Software / driver conflict

  4. Some windows files may be corrupted

  5. Windows update error

  6. False settings on the security suit installed on your computer
These are some of the possible reasons to prevent a laptop from restarting in safe mode. Now let us check how to troubleshoot the issue, identify the reason and fix it.

Solution to Issues With Safe Mode Restarting

First thing you must do is to find the exact reason which prevents your system from restarting in safe mode. For that you must use trial and error method. If you have no clue on how to do it, pattern of troubleshooting given below is best for you.
  1. Set Safe Boot in System Configuration

    First step you have to do is to access System Configuration page and enable Safe Boot option. You can do it by following the instructions below.

    • Type msconfig on Windows Search (or on Run Window and click OK)

    • Open msconfig Window and click Boot tab

    • Select Safe Boot under Boot options
      Issues with safe mode restarting

    • Click OK and When you are prompted to restart your computer press OK

    If still your computer is showing issues with safe mode booting, go to next step.

  2. Try Different Modes

    On boot menu options window, you can see other options like, start your computer in;

    • Safe mode with networking
    • Safe mode with command prompt

    Try to start your computer using these options.

    [ To get in to boot menu keep press on [F8] button while your computer starts restarting]


  3. Use Last Known Good Configuration

    If you have failed to start your computer in all available safe mode options, it is better try to boot your computer in last known good configuration by selecting that option from the menu.

  4. Run Check disk and correct disk errors

    The next troubleshooting step is to run the check disk and fix the disk errors. To do this type Chkdsk /f on the command prompt. Please note that you must have admin right to perform this task. After fixing the disk error, try to start your computer in safe mode. If the issue persists go to next step.

  5. Conflicts by Recently Installed software/driver

    Many users claim they had booting related issues after installing certain software products on their computers. According to many technology discussion forums, software products like DVD burning software, AntiVirus products, Data recovery products etc are accused causing booting issues. Before jump in to conclusion, I recommend you to disable each suspected programs and check the real culprit. It is recommended to perform a clean boot on your computer to identify the problem causing software. To know how to perform clean boot on your computer, click on the link below.
    How to perform clean boot and rectifies the software conflict

  6. False AntiVirus Settings

    Wrong settings on the security software (Firewall,AntiVirus etc) may prevent you from booting your computer in safe mode. So make sure security product installed on your laptop is having correct configuration.

  7. Possible virus infection

    Once my laptop was infected by a virus which blocked many features including safe restart. It is possible your PC might be infected and the malware is preventing it from restarting in safe mode. To remove any infection, you must perform a virus scan on your system with a reputed security software(updated with latest virus signature).

  8. Update to latest service pack and run windows update

    You must update Operating System to avoid known bugs and other issues. I recommend you to enable the option to check for latest Windows update to ensure your computer is having latest OS.

  9. Repair Windows files

    To repair corrupted Windows files on your system, follow the steps below.

    • Start your computer from Windows CD

    • Press R to repair the windows files while it ask you the option to install or repair Windows on your computer

    • After repairing Windows files, try to start your PC in safe mode

    If still you have the same issue, I recommend you to follow the next instructions.

  10. Reinstall Windows Operating System

  11. Format hard drive and reinstall Windows

  12. Try to disconnect the hardware devices like RAM, Hard disk etc from Motherboard and reconnect them

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How to Delete Google Web Search History From Your Account

Many Internet users are confused with the two similar terms 'Internet browsing history' and 'Google search history'. Though both terms look similar, they are different. Browsing history is saved on your web browser and can be viewed by pressing [Ctrl] and [H] buttons together. This key combination varies with browsers. Google Search history is the record of searches you have made while you are logged in your Google account. Internet browsing history will be deleted by clearing the saved history on your browser but Google search history will remain. There is a different procedure to remove it from your account. To see and delete Google search history, you need to log on to your Google account. Here you can see how to remove all previous log details and start from clean slate.


Steps to view Google Search History

To see it for a particular account, follow the steps below.
  1. Log on to respective Google account

  2. Click on account settings

  3. Click on web history
    log

    Some times you may be prompted to re-login to your account to see this page.

This page is well organized and you can view the Search history of all times. It will definitely influence Google Personalized Search feature. If you don't know this feature, visit the link below.
What is Google Personalized Search Results

If you do not like it affects the search results, it is better delete it from your account. Below section explains how to do it.


Steps to Remove Google Web Search History

  1. Click on Remove items

  2. Now check the items you need to remove and press Remove button.

Now entire stored data will be successfully removed from your account. Now onwards you will get a fresh start without any influence. If you belongs to the group of people who don't like to left the remnants of their previous activities on heir laptops, the procedure I explained in this tutorial is for you. By following the steps explained in this article, you can remove the log details of your activities stored in big G's server. However, it doesn't guarantee your safety from log details stored on server side by big G. All you can ensure is if someone hack in to your profile, he will never get the traces of your prior web activities. Now let us check some of our popular tutorials.

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Filter Important Emails From Gmail

Gmail is one of the most popular email service providers because of its reliable service and clean look. It offers a way to arrange the emails we receive according to our requirements. We can decide the fate of an email before reaching the inbox itself. For that we can use the feature filter to select certain type of emails according to the guidelines we set and apply the specified fate to them. It can help you to categorize emails in your account by assigning different Labels to them. This tutorial explains how to create a filter with your requirements and how to assign this filer to emails.

  1. Log on to your Gmail account

  2. Click on Settings
    Set

    Settings tab is ion the right hand top of the page.

  3. Click on Filters
    Categorize

  4. Click on Create a new filter. Now the filter options window will appear.
    ideas

    Here you can see options to set filters based on following criteria.

    • Filter based on from address

    • Filter based on To address

    • We can filter a particular subject

    • We can filter mails containing certain keywords

    • We can set filter by black listing certain keywords (opposite to iv )

  5. Enter the criteria to set filter and click next

    Now the wizard will ask you what will be the end action of the particular filter.  The possible actions are:

    • Skip the Inbox (Archive it)

    • Mark as read

    • Star the mail

    • Apply the label (We can set a particular label for this mail)

    • Forward to a particular mail

    • Delete the mail

    • Never send it to Spam

    After selecting appropriate actions click on Create Filter.

Once we create this, all the electronic mails satisfying the condition will have the fate we have configured. We can use the same feature to remove any unwanted messages coming to the inbox from a common sender. Though the messages are not from a common sender we can use the same filter feature to delete all of them by creating a filter with rules those satisfies the common characters of these unwanted messages. Though such a filter can remove a large portion of potential spam from your account, it is possible to get the same fate to a few genuine messages if any of those unfortunately have same characters. So it is important to be very careful while creating filter to avoid solicited messages from your inbox.

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Safe Browse With Google Chrome Without Storing Any Personal Details

Google Chrome supports browsing without saving third party cookies or browsing history on PC. This feature is named incognito and is very much similar to the  Firefox private browsing. When we start Chrome incognito window, it will stop storing cookies, visited page history, passwords entered, download logs etc. Once we close the window, all these information will be removed automatically. It means the next user will not find any browsing activity of the current user. This article is about different methods to start incognito window and browse  without leaving any history.

How to Start Chrome Incognito Pages

We can start private browsing window (incognito) of Google Chrome browser by different methods. Most of the important methods are listed below.
  1. By Keyboard Shortcut

    It is very easy to start Chrome safe browse using shortcut keys. We have to press the following three keys at the same time.
    [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [N]

    When you press the above key combination, a new Google chrome window will appear with following message.


    This page will inform you the specialty of the new window. If you want to learn more about this feature, you can click on 'Learn More' link.

  2. From Chrome Start Menu

    When you select Chrome from Windows start menu, you will get option to start either normal window or incognito window.

  3. From Customize Button

    You can start Google Chrome Private Browse from Customize menu. To do it, follow the instructions below.

    • Click on Customize and Control Button On right hand top of the page


    • Click on New incognito window

  4. Create Shortcut

    • Right click on Chrome Shortcut

    • click Properties

    • Add –incognito at the end of target and click apply


    Now onwards, whenever you need to start browsing without storing any third party cookies or offline log information on laptop, double click on this shortcut. It will open a private browse window and no browsing history will be stored on the computer.

It Can't Assure Cent Percent Safety

Google warns us, using incognito will not make us secure from other Internet threats. It cannot protect our data from websites which collect information from our computer by installing malicious codes. Agents who work with ISP can track our Internet activities unless we encrypt the entire communication. Incognito is also helpless against Malicious software products like Trojans or keyloggers if they are already installed on computers. Keylogging tools can track every keystrokes we make on a PC and either store the details or send to its server. Private browsing feature of a browser cannot prevent this activity. However, we can prevent the auto saving of cookies and browsing history on our laptop using incognito feature. Even the the download activities will not be entered to the download log file. In a nutshell, though this feature will not give anonymity of full safety, it is worth than browsing using normal browser window.

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Setup D-Link WBR-2310 Router With WPA Wireless Security Settings

WBR-2310 is a popular wireless router from D-Link and this article presents complete configuration of this device including WiFi security. First part of this guide explains how to setup WBR-2310 with auto configuration utility and the second part tells how to configure D-Link wireless network with latest security settings. D-link WBR 2310 is an IEEE802.11g router with range booster technology. It supports data transfer speed up to 108 Mbps and works in 2.4GHz frequency. It supports other features like DHCP, NAT etc. Manual configuration of this device is provided at the end of the guide.


Steps to setup D-Link WBR-2310 Wireless router
  1. Connect WBR-2310 to your computer

    Your computer should be connected to the LAN port of WBR-2310 using an Ethernet cable. Power on the device after connecting it to your PC.

  2. Log on

    To logon to WBR-2310 wireless router, type the default IP address of the router on the address bar. The default IP address of the D-Link WBR-2310 router is 192.168.0.1

    Before log on to the router, it will ask you the user name and password. For a factory new D-link router, enter the following details.

    • User Name : admin
    • Password : {Leave this field blank}

    There is no default password for D-link WBR-2310.

  3. Select Configuration Method

    You will be redirected to the settings page. Here you will see two different ways to configure WBR2310. They are by pressing Setup Wizard and Manual Configure. Here I use Setup Wizard button.
    join

  4. Click on Launch Internet Connection Setup Wizard

    To configure the Internet connection on this D-link router, click on the button Launch Internet Connection Setup Wizard.
    connection

    Now the wizard will show you what steps it is going to complete while running the wizard. Click Next to continue.


  5. Create new Password For D-link WBR-2310 Router

    Setup wizard will prompt you to create a new password for your WBR-2310 Wireless Router. After entering the password, click on next.
    password

  6. Select your Time Zone

    You can select the correct time zone for D-Link router.
    time

  7. Configure Internet connection

    Now you will get the option to setup the Internet connection for WBR-2310.
    ISP

    Here you must select the type of broadband connection you are getting from your ISP.

Convert D-Link WBR-2310 to WiFi Access Point
  1. Log in

  2. Click on Manual Configure button


  3. Select Enable Access Point Mode
    AP

    Now onwards you can use D link WBR 2310 as WiFi Access Point.


Enable Wireless Security On WBR-2310

D-link WBR-2310 Wireless Router supports WEP and WPA, two important wireless encryption. Here, let us check how to enable WiFi and WiFi security on this device.This section also cover configuring other necessary wireless settings on WBR2310  like wireless channel, SSID etc.
  1. Click on Wireless Settings

    • Check Enable Wireless check box

    • Change Wireless Network Name to a preferred name

    • Select Security Mode

    We can select either WEP or WPA from the list. The enhanced security modes like WPA2 and WPA2 Auto are also available.
    Safety

  2. Enable WEP

    WEP

    Select WEP Wireless security from the list. Now we will get WEP settings page.Here we can select either 64 bit encryption or 128 bit encryption. For 64 bit keys you must enter 10 hex digits into each key box. For 128 bit keys you must enter 26 hex digits into each key box. A hex digit is either a number from 0 to 9 or a letter from A to F. After entering the details click on save settings.

  3. Enable WPA

    To enable WPA on D-Link WBR2310, we need to select the WPA wireless security from security mode list. Now the WPA settings page will appear. Here we need to enter the Passphrase (Security key).
    WPA

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How to Change Linksys Router Wireless Channel

Changing wireless channel is an important step mentioned in many WiFi connectivity tutorials in this blog. This article is specifically to explain how to do it on an Access Point or a router. Here the steps mentioned are based on a popular router model from Linksys. Linksys is one of the popular SOHO product manufacturers. Though the steps provided in this tutorial are based on a specific model, you can use the same procedure with other vendor products. It is because this concept is same for every WiFi products.


Wireless Channels To Pick

Before changing the current channel selected, you must understand, only three of them are worth to use. It is because others are affected with interference. The channels which are free from interference are listed below.

  • 1

  • 6

  • 11
These three are free from interference. If you don't want to enter it manually, you can choose automatic instead of specifying the number. For modern devices, automatic selection is recommended.

How to Change WiFi Channel of an AP

If you want to change the currently selected wireless channel, I recommend you to follow the instructions provided here. Here I show instructions for a specific vendor product but the procedure is same for all routers.
  1. Log on to Linksys Setup Page

    Type the logon IP address on the address bar of web browser and press enter. For linksys router it is 192.168.1.1 Now you will be prompted to enter the username and password to continue the process. For a brand new linksys router there is no user name and the password is "admin". In case if you have set a different username and password, you must use that information. If you cannot recollect them, use the instructions provided in the link below.
    How to Recover Lost Password

  2. Click on wireless tab and look for basic wireless settings. You can see the wireless channel there. You can change the current one with other two allowed ( channel 1 ,6 or 11). For example if 1 is currently selected, you may change it with 6 or 11. As I explained before, if you do not want to enter this detail by yourself, you can choose auto selection option. If you have selected auto select, device will pick the most interference free channel.

  3. Save settings and log off

    Now you have successfully changed the wireless channel of your WiFi router.

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No SSID Broadcast From Wireless Router & Access Point

Yesterday night I faced a strange issue related to wireless connectivity on my laptop. I could not find SSID from my router. First I thought it was my Laptop wireless adapter's issue as there are no other networks. My desktop does not have wireless adapter so I have no other option to verify whether it is the router issue or my laptop issue. Today morning I went to one of my friends house and checked whether my laptop is able to see WiFi from his Access Point. Yes, my laptop is seeing it from his Access Point. So it is clear that my laptop adapter is working fine and the culprit is my Wireless Router. The major steps I performed on my router to fix this issue are described below in a systematic order.

Router is Not Broadcasting Signal

Step by step troubleshooting for a Router or Access Point when it is not broadcasting signal.
  1. Check WiFi light

    Check the status of wireless light on the AP. If it is broadcasting WiFi, the light is ON. If it is off, you cannot see WiFi network from AP on your computer because there is no broadcast. In some rare cases, this light may be off even though it is broadcasting signal due to LED issues. Here I assume LED light is fine.

  2. Make sure the SSID broadcast is enabled

    To check this, you need to log on to setup page and check the status of SSID broadcast. You can find this option under wireless tab. If SSID broadcast is disabled, it will not broadcast WiFi.

  3. Power cycle

    It is advised to power cycle Access Point to fix broadcasting issues. To perform this you should power off the device for 30 seconds and after 30 seconds power on it again. When all the lights are steady, check for the issue. If you do not know how to perform it in systematic way, follow the instructions provided in the link below.
    How to Power Cycle an Access Point

  4. Change SSID

    It is advised to change the wireless network name (SSID) and check whether your laptop is receiving signal. You can change the current network name under wireless.

  5. Change wireless channel

    You can change the wireless channel to channel 1 ,6 and 11 depends on the current channel. To learn more about it, visit the link below.
    Change WiFi Channels on Linksys Access Point

  6. Upgrade Firmware

    If the firmware flashed on your Access Point is outdated you may start seeing issues with its working. Updating to latest firmware version can resolve every known issues and bugs in the previous version. It is highly recommended to update the firmware of any networking device with latest version to expect full functionality.

  7. Reset and reconfigure

    If none of the steps provided here are working, you may reset the device to factory default and reconfigure it.

All the steps above mentioned are about how to troubleshoot the router when there is no broadcasting from your WiFi router. What if the real culprit is your laptop and not the router ? In that case you should troubleshoot the laptop instead of router. You can follow the instructions provided in the link below in that case.
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