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 Post subject: Why does my PC wake (me) up at 6AM every morning
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:06 pm 
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At the end of the day I set my Win 7 PC to Sleep mode and it remains that way until 6am when it springs to life with a whir as the fans spin up and the monitors come on lighting my bedroom and waking me prematurely. I thinks its always at 6 but I don't always look at the clock.

It didn't always do that, What kind of settings, processes or programs can bring a PC out of Sleep mode (aside from mouse or KB action)? I already turned off Wake on LAN in BIOS and tried turning off the wireless mouse a few nights too with no change. Any Ideas how to isolate it?


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 Post subject: Re: Why does my PC wake (me) up at 6AM every morning
PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:47 am 

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call the ghostbusters.


Other than that, it may be a piece of spyware/malware that is trying to phone home, I'd try using malwarebytes to scan the system, and do a good virus scan on your system, and remove anything that is in there. That may fix it.

If that doesnt help, try checking the logs in your modem/router, most keep a log of internet traffic with timestamps. It could also be a program you downloaded trying to get updates for itself automatically.


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 Post subject: Re: Why does my PC wake (me) up at 6AM every morning
PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:31 am 
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I still have lots of things to check. I do have a good virus scanner but there are probably some undetectable Trojans out there. Most auto update programs are sleeping and cannot wake a PC in sleep mode. It has to be a low level function doing it. I can check the log but the router serves other things that may not be off so there will be activity regardless, I need to look closely to see if it can be filtered. Its just as likely it is a virus scanner triggering the wake. In a way, they are almost more annoying than the viruses they are supposed to protect against.


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 Post subject: Re: Why does my PC wake (me) up at 6AM every morning
PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:02 pm 

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lol, I tend to agree with you on that one, I usually use eset or ms security essentials on our computers, but I usually set up the time that it updates, so maybe check that also. Most are set up to be started at midnight tho or around that time.


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 Post subject: Re: Why does my PC wake (me) up at 6AM every morning
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:55 am 
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possible virus scanning or virus database update ?
i have mine to update at 2am, then scan at 3am..but i have my puter in another room, and i never turn it off..


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 Post subject: Re: Why does my PC wake (me) up at 6AM every morning
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:05 pm 
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it stopped as mysteriously as it started, now my PC sleeps all night. I never did figure this out, a windows update may have triggered the change but I can't be 100% sure.


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