iMac Keeps Restarting

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ghsNick, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68000

    ghsNick

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    May 25, 2010
    #1
    So my iMac keeps forcing me to restart it.
    It happens about twice a week.

    I was recommended this but I was wondering if there was anything else to do?

    Is there a way to check if your iMac has any problems/has a virus/malware?

    My iMac is pretty new (6 months) so I don't know why this is happening.
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    May 16, 2008
    #2
    It's called a kernel panic.

    "You need to restart your computer" (kernel panic) message appears (Mac OS X v10.5, 10.6)
    Mac OS X 10.7 Help: If “You need to restart your computer” appears
    Mac OS X: How to log a kernel panic
    Understanding and Debugging Kernel Panics
    Resolving Kernel Panics

    I know you've been told this information before in another thread you started, but I'll repeat it:

    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000

    ghsNick

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    May 25, 2010
    #3
    I restarted it (holding down shift) and a loading bar went across the bottom.
    I assume I'm in safe mode? How long do I stay in safe mode for?
     
  4. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    May 16, 2008
    #4
    Did you read the rest of the instructions? Including #4?
     

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