October 29th, 2005, 02:51 AM
explorer terminated on right click
Recently, my computer has been acting strangely.
The symptoms include:
* explorer being terminated on rightclick (on desktop/start menu)
* explorer being terminated when trying to delete
* other stuff too
My AV and spyware scanners picked up nothing.
Just some info:
AV: ZL Security Suite BETA & A squared Free
Spyware Removers: Spybot, MSAS, Ad-Aware
Also: Spyware Blaster & Spyware Guard
OS: Windows XP
Hope thats enough info.
October 29th, 2005, 03:32 AM
I would update your malware scanners, reboot into safe mode and run them again if you have not already done so?
October 29th, 2005, 04:38 AM
I have tried that.
I have scanned with online scanners from:
and yet they detect a total of 0 malware files.
I think it might be a problem with the right click menu or something related.
October 29th, 2005, 04:47 AM
Did you add or remove any software or update anything immediately prior to this starting?
Does it happen if you boot into safe mode?
It sounds as if you have some corruption. You could try a repair install or go back to the last restore point when it worked properly?
If you go into something like control panel and right click, what happens then?
EDIT: It might be an idea to run the system file checker first, as that may fix it if you are lucky.
Go to <run> and type in SFC /scannow
October 29th, 2005, 06:09 AM
I ran the SFC without any error messages. Right clicking in the control panel invokes the menu though when I right click on some items it takes a while. It also happens in safe mode when I right click on the icons on the desktop and in the start menu.
October 29th, 2005, 01:04 PM
October 29th, 2005, 04:58 PM
maybe u have an unwanted windows service that runs causing this behavior. also check ur startup menu on MSCONFIG and make sure nothing fishy is listed. run hijack this too and check to see if any unwanted hosts are running on ur computer. u could always try to reinstall explorer if all else fails.
personally i only use a certain kind of spyware scanners. i use ad-aware, spybot, xoft, and spysweeper. to me the rest r not worth my time.
after i posted this i researched a lil bit go here cuz maybe ur divx codec or service pack 2 is causing this:
October 30th, 2005, 04:21 AM
I know that it is not divx software because I dont have any and there is no registry key where there is supposed to be. I might try scanning in safe mode later. I will get WinPatrol first
October 30th, 2005, 04:39 AM
October 30th, 2005, 04:40 AM
You seem to have covered a number of areas..
the recomendations have pointed you towards either a Malware or System corruption..
Could I put a thought forward?
An old Programm supposedly long since uninstalled.. An example would be NORTON Antivirus. If there are any Norton/Symantec extras in the system, live update, livereg etc.. uninstall them then go to symantec and grab their AV removal tools.
I am not a lover of Zonelabs.. ... Deleted...
The other option is a ROOT KIT.. The tools Nihil has recommended are your best first bet.. on that front..
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