Windows explorer's odd behavior??

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by adl6009, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. adl6009

    adl6009 Guest

    -Windows xp home sp1 installed on a dell 2.2 p4-

    When I open windows explorer the icons for the tree from
    Desktop to Search Result all alternate from the icon for a
    folder to the specialized icon for each item and back again.
    (You know, the cd rom goes from a folder to a disk and back to
    a folder.) Task manager shows cpu usage at 100% until I close
    windows explorer.
    The line for windows explorer shows cpu usage fluctuating
    between 20 and 90%.
    Another thing I noticed is the folder Search Results on my
    desktop. I don't remember seeing it there before. I also
    cannot open it, delete it or remove it from the desktop.

    Yesterday I had installed a pop up killer called pow, its an
    active x browser add on, adaware (the latest version 6 I
    think), and the security update from MS Buffer Overrun In
    RPC Interface Could Allow Code Execution (823980)-

    I have since uninstalled all. Reversed all changes from
    adaware. Restored my system to the restore point before the
    secrurity update and ran a virus check. So far nothing has
    It looks like windows can't decide what icons to use and keeps
    refreshing itself and changes them.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was thinking of
    trying a restore point for about 2 weeks ago. I hadn't made
    any changes in that time period that I can recall. I would
    rather find the cause of the behavior and fix it, that way
    maybe I'll know what not to do again.
    adl6009, Aug 3, 2003
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    °Mike° Guest

    °Mike°, Aug 3, 2003
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  3. adl6009

    adl6009 Guest

    I thought you had it. I figured it was a good idea.
    I tried it but it didn't work.

    I gotta admit it though, I am pretty sure this is the first time
    in 2 years I had some kinda problem with windows xp. I remember
    the old days with windows 3.1 and w95 and all the hacking around
    trying to fix things all the time. It was like having my MGB

    Please help me, I don't want to drive the MG again.
    adl6009, Aug 3, 2003
  4. adl6009

    °Mike° Guest

    Here's some things to try...

    1. Turn down the hardware acceleration for your graphics card by
    a notch or two.

    2. Perform some cleanup maintenance.

    Basic computer maintenance

    3. Install and use:

    Spybot Search & Destroy


    Spyware Blaster


    4. Scan your system for viruses/trojans:

    Online Antivirus scanners:
    -------------------------- [See **]

    ** Caveat:

    Anti-virus programs:
    eZ Antivirus (Computer Associates)

    Vet (Computer Associates)




    Trojan Defence Suite

    Trojan Hunter

    Trojan Remover


    5. Control your startups:


    Startup Monitor

    Startup Control Panel

    Check what's necessary and what isn't
    °Mike°, Aug 3, 2003
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