Quickly Abort Shut Down Commands on Windows XP/2003

by Daniel Petri - January 8, 2009

How can I quickly abort a shutdown command on Windows XP/2003?

Some worms, such as the Blaster worm, use known bugs in Microsoft Operating Systems to force the computer to shut down itself.

Best Practice: In order to protect yourself from such worms and malicious code you should first make sure that your computer is fully patched. Then, make sure you're using either the built-in Internet Connection Firewall (found in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003). Last but not least, you should make sure you're running a good and trustworthy Anti-Virus program that's fully updated.

Besides following the above guidelines you might also want to create a nice shortcut for a command that will allow to to quickly abort any un-wanted shutdown command you might get.

In order to create the "Anti-Shutdown" shortcut follow these steps:

  1. Right-click an empty spot on your desktop and select New > Shortcut.

  1. In the Create Shortcut wizard windows type:

shutdown.exe -a

Click Next.

  1. In the Select Title type any title you want.

Click Finish.

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You can also change the shortcut's icon by right-clicking it, and pressing the Change Icon button in the Shortcut tab.

BTW, you can also use this trick on Windows 2000, but there you'll need to download SHUTDOWN.EXE from HERE (11kb).

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 have the SHUTDOWN.EXE command built-in.

Whenever you see a shutdown message on your screen:

you can use the Anti-Shutdown shortcut to abort it.

Lamer tip: As stated above, seeing shutdown messages on YOUR computer without YOU ever issuing such a command clearly states that it is NOT your computer anymore and that you didn't follow the best practice described above.

Reader Note: Reader Rubin Sergey wrote:

"Related your tip about quick preventing shutdown. In addition to shutdown -a one can double click on the clock (near the system tray) and go few months backwards. So, Shutdown counter will be appropriately updated after applying new time/Date values."

Thanks!

Links

Windows XP Common Issues > RPC Blaster Exploit

Tip derived from: www.microsoft.com/israel/windowsxp/expertzone

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