Re: Severe explorer.exe problem - NEED HELP

Thanks David, I'll try that. I've never heard of the site you are referring
to, but I will use it from now on, regardless if that is the problem or not.

A few things I forgot to mention though...

I did check to make sure the explorer.exe was in the root folder and NOT in
the system32 folder which would indicate a virus.

As for running in Safe Mode, at the moment, I am unable to boot into SM. I
have a rather unusual hardware configuration with a SOYO MB that refuses to
boot to my raid drives - it freezes at the DMI Pool Data (searched everywhere
for weeks for an answer to that one). The MB is a Dragon Ultra and the drive
attached is a WD 200GB, so its not a problem with old or no-name hardware. I
upgraded the bios and that did not resolve the issue either. So, as a work
around, I keep the WinXP Pro CD in the drive and the system boots using the
CD. It has worked for the past year, but, as I said, I cannot boot into safe
mode (F8 starts the install from the CD) - actually works as a security
messure too... I take the CD with me and the system won't boot! LOL

Anyway, I'll post again after I run a few more virus scans.

"David H. Lipman" wrote:

> From: "Bill Adder" <BillAdder@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> | I am having a severe problem with Windows Explorer. I have searched through
> | these forums, Microsoft knowledgebase, and the internet in general for a fix,
> | and have tried many of them, but to no avail. There are quite a few posts
> | here similar to mine, but mine seems to have advanced far past the severity
> | of the ones I've read. My problem...
> |
> | I cannot perform any functions in My Computer or Windows Explorer. I can
> | open them both, and can open folders, but when I attempt to perform any
> | function while left or right clicking (move, copy, open a file, open a zipped
> | file, etc.), I get one of the following four error messages:
> |
> | 1) Proxy Desktop: explorer.exe - Application error
> | The instruction at "0x04##2e90" referenced memory at "0x04##2748". The
> | memory could not be "read". Click on OK to terminate the program.
> |
> | 2) Windows Explorer encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry
> | for the inconvenience.
> |
> | 3) Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger has encountered a problem (I didn't write
> | down the rest, but I'm sure you all know the error since I've seen it
> | referenced numerous times in these forums).
> |
> | 4) The instruction at "0x04##2e90" referenced memory at "0x04##2748". The
> | memory could not be "written". Click OK to terminate the program.
> |
> | Up until 2 nights ago, everything worked just fine (with just the
> | occassional random lockup which is par for the course with any Windows
> | flavor). I began playing around with some XML editing and installed a few
> | programs. Everything was fine for a few hours, then the problems began. The
> | programs were Notepad++, IrfanView, and ConText. Each adds elements to the
> | shell and context menu. I have since removed Notepad++ and Context, and have
> | removed IrfanView references from the shell. I have installed ShellExView to
> | check for any other possible culprits. The only other is a program in the XP
> | PowerToys for viewing raw images, and that has been installed for over a week
> | with no problems.
> |
> | I also had both Google Desktop Search and MSN Desktop search installed. I
> | figured one or both was responsible for the Proxy Drsktop error, so I
> | uninstalled Google and disabled MSN.
> |
> | I have disabled DrWatson per the instructions from Microsoft by deleting the
> | registry key.
> |
> | I have run Norton Systemworks 2005 One Button Checkup which cleaned all of
> | my system erors in the registry, shortcuts, etc. Virus scans and
> | malware/spyware scans come up negative. I have searched and edited the
> | registry for any instances of the afforementioned removed programs.
> |
> | Problem numbers 2 & 4 above are still occurring as before - everytime I
> | attempt to perform a function.
> |
> | I have WinXP Pro SP2 with all updates and patches as well as OfficeXP Pro
> | SP3 with all updates and patches (plus numerous other programs, utilities and
> | games). I just reinstalled EVERYTING over the holidays, and DO NOT WANT TO
> | DO IT AGAIN! All of the software I have on my system takes days to install
> | and configure.
> |
> | If anyone has an ideas or clues, PLEASE let me know. I'm starting to pull
> | my hair out (and I didn't have much to begin with).
> I suggest performing additional anti virus scans -- just to make sure !
> Download MULTI_AV.EXE from the URL --
> To use this utility, perform the following...
> Execute; Multi_AV.exe { Note: You must use the default folder C:\AV-CLS }
> Choose; Unzip
> Choose; Close
> Execute; C:\AV-CLS\StartMenu.BAT
> { or Double-click on 'Start Menu' in C:\AV-CLS }
> NOTE: You may have to disable your software FireWall or allow WGET.EXE to go through your
> FireWall to allow it to download the needed AV vendor related files.
> C:\AV-CLS\StartMenu.BAT -- { or Double-click on 'Start Menu' in C:\AV-CLS}
> This will bring up the initial menu of choices and should be executed in Normal Mode.
> This way all the components can be downloaded from each AV vendor's web site.
> The choices are; Sophos, Trend, McAfee, Kaspersky, Exit this menu and Reboot the PC.
> You can choose to go to each menu item and just download the needed files or you can
> download the files and perform a scan in Normal Mode. Once you have downloaded the files
> needed for each scanner you want to use, you should reboot the PC into Safe Mode [F8 key
> during boot] and re-run the menu again and choose which scanner you want to run in Safe
> Mode. It is suggested to run the scanners in both Safe Mode and Normal Mode.
> When the menu is displayed hitting 'H' or 'h' will bring up a more comprehensive PDF help
> file.
> * * * Please report back your results * * *
> --
> Dave