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Windows 7 + Process Explorer + Patch: [Opening error process]

Q: Windows 7 + Process Explorer + Patch: [Opening error process]

Hi fooks,

I hope you all can read this, i'm from Belgium so my Englsich is not as good as it might be.

I have bought last year a little notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium on it.
On this machine i am the Administrator, and there are no other people on that, or guestaccounts made.

On my desktop i have the utility Process Explorer 15.3 {the executable only} from the site below
Process Explorer

When i dubbelclick the Process Explorer is see al the services and processes on my machine.

A friend of Peter, came to me with his Desktop PC with a death harddrive, so i bought a new one.
I have a DVD with Windows 7 Home Premium that i bought with that other notebook to help other
people and if my computer have a problem. I use to register than the serial on the case of the people that need help.

When i install a new copy of Windows 7 Home Premiun on his computer, and also unpack the Process Explorer.exe on the desktop and lauch that also as admin i see several services or processes with a Patch: [Opening error process] For exsample winlogon does not link to the normal directory, normaly c:/windows/system32/winlogon.exe { i think that is the right one}

See this screenshot i made:

I did some Google search on came on this website:
process explorer shows "error opening process" - BleepingComputer.com

Somebody there says: "Right click on process explorer and select run as administrator"

When i do that those errors disappear and it all looks like normal with the good patch to the services and..... to good icon of Winlogon is also there.

The part i don't understand is why those "error's" not apear on my notebook, on this machine i don't have to run Process Explorere as Admin. I just dubbelclick to .exe, and no erro's are there.

Does anybody know why these error's are there on a normal Desktop without running Process Explorer as Administrator?

A malware infection is not possible because this machine is not on the internet, and i have a orginal Windows 7 Home Premium DVD, and a brand new Hardrive inside.

I can't figure out what is wroung, and this makes a me a little bit crazy :-)
So much to learn i guess.

I hope somebody can help me out with this question.

Many thanks

Preferred Solution: Windows 7 + Process Explorer + Patch: [Opening error process]

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A: Windows 7 + Process Explorer + Patch: [Opening error process]

You probably have UAC turned off on your computer but not on the your friends computer.

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New dell n7110/win7sp1x64.At startup on new machine from dell, process explorer (procexp64.exe) lists 81 processes running (seems like way too many - compared to xp with maybe 25 at startup). But which processes I can turn off is a question for another day. OK, read carefully, at least 15 processes in PE show " Path: error opening process". PID, CPU, Private Bytes, and working set columns are shown for these "problem" processes, but nothing after that, ie, description, company name etc. For all other listed running processes (with known paths), all info is shown in all columns. The problem processes include some important ones, services, crss, ism, wininit, winlogon, that must to be working for the computer to work, and everything seems to be working properly, and no cpu spikes or other weird stuff is happening. Right clicking properties on these problem processes, properties window pops up as normal, but shows "version: n/a, build: n/a, path: error opening process, no command line, no current directory, autostart location: n/a, Parent: non existent process (708), user: access denied. Again, this info can not be correct since the computer is working. And then, after a few minutes, another window pops up and says PE has stopped working, and closes the program. Now, if this was the whole story, I would go to sysinternals with this, but read on... Task manager running simultaneously with PE lists 83 processes running, more processes than PE, and al... Read more

A:process explorer shows "error opening process"

Its not a glitch.

Right click on process explorer and select run as administrator

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Hi Everyone
I recently did a System Restore on a Windows 7 Pro 64 bit system to correct a strange problem I was having with IE. It seems to have solved the problem, but now Process Explorer is displaying the messages in the screen shot below, and I'm not sure why. The computer is functioning fine, in fact, since the System Restore it is running like new. Is this something I need to worry about? The computer is a pretty old Dell Optiplex 760 with a 3.0GHz CoreII Duo CPU, a 140GB harddrive, with integrated graphics. I'm not sure what other info might be pertinent

A:"Error opening process" message in Process Explorer

Sorry everyone, I found the answer in another post. Ran Process Explorer as Admin, and the messages disappeared. Thanks for being here

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I've got a quicklaunch shortcut to:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

That takes me straight to my explorer favourites. What I notice is that when I launch that, I get a new explorer.exe thread appear in the task manager. When I close it though, that thread remains active. It's not doing anything, but it's still there. Anyone know why it wouldn't terminate? Is it to do with how I'm launching it (using the shell parameter) ?

Here are some tests I did, in each case I started out with only my main explorer instance (the one that holds the systray, quicklaunch etc).

1. Click my shortcut from quicklaunch shown above.
2. Click the red "X" to close it.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 four more times.


After closing all those explorers, so I was back to having only my main explorer, I did this sequence:

1. Click Start->Run-> and typed explorer and enter.
2. Click the red "X" to close it.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 four more times.


Also, after a while that one single extra explorer disappeared. I guess it stuck around a minute or so, maybe in case I decided to start explorer again, it would save me a few milliseconds by not having to re-launch fully.

The shortcut ones do also disappear eventually sometimes, but other times they don't.

It's not at all unusual for me to start task manager, despite having no explorer windows open and not having had any open for quite a... Read more

A:open explorer, starts new process, close it, process remains active

Don't use the shell command. Just use
%windir%\explorer.exe :{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

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:( I dont know how to fix this blue screen error. The last thing i did was install outpost firewall. Then i rebooted and it went to the welcome screen. And something detected Winspy2.0 and i removed it. Then i got the BLUE screen message and i cant go into safe mode or "last known good config"
Please! help. Thanks.

A:stop c000021a {fatal system error} the windows logon process system process terminate

does this help your issue with the system.


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[UPDATE]:  Problem has been resolved.
     For some time now, when running Process Explorer, I have noted several items which when I hover the mouse pointer over, display a message which says, "Error Opening Path."   Some of the items showing this message are, winlogon.exe, winnit.exe, and several rundll32.exe.
I tried to upload a jpg screenshot of part of the Process Explorer log, but the system here says the file is too big.  The filesize is 508 KB.
The only other item to note is the computer seems to take a little too long to fully boot up and the CPU usage to normalize.  (It will fluctuate radically anywhere between 0 and 100 %).
Measures taken so far:
- Ran CCleaner (NOT the registry cleaner part).
- Checked disk fragmentation - no issues.
- Restarted computer 3 times and also powered off and back on after a 20 minute wait.
- Ran scans with my AV, MBAM Pro, and SAS - all were clean.
- Ran CHKDSK - no problems.
- System Restore is set at 4%.

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Hi everyone,
Last night I checked Process Explorer on my Windows 8.1 computer and I was very surprised to see a process with a Google logo and chinese characters for a name running at the bottom. Furthermore the other fields like company name where blank. As soon as I opened PE and saw this, PE crashed. I was so surprised that I didn't get a screenshot, and now I can't find any trace of anything strange with my system!
I've tried GMER, process hacker and Comodo Killswitch, but my system comes up as perfectly clean. I'm starting to wonder wheter it was just  bug in PE that caused it, but I'd like to hear everyones thoughts on the matter. Has something similar ever happened to any of you?

A:Very strange process in Process Explorer

Welcome to BC...
I doubt anyone will respond that has experienced the same.
You can check to see if there is anything unusual in your Google Chrome add-ons...assuming you have Google Chrome installed.
You can find and remove malware and adware using the programs below.
Use CCleaner to remove Temporary files, program caches, cookies, logs, etc. Use the Default settings. No need to use the
Registry Cleaning Tool...risky. Pay close attention while installing and UNcheck offers of toolbars....especially Google.
After install, open CCleaner and run by clicking on the Run Cleaner button in the bottom right corner.
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Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here
Double-click mbam-setup-2.X.X.XXXX.exe to install the application (X's are the current version number).
Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
Once MBAM opens, when it says Your databases are out of date, click the Fix Now button.
Click the Settings tab at the top, and then in the left column, select Detections and Protections, and if not already checked place a checkmark in the selection box for Scan for rootkits.
Click the Scan tab at the top of the program window, select Threat Scan and click the Scan Now button.
If you receive a message that updates are available, click the Update Now button (the update will be downloaded, installed, and the scan will start).
When MBAM is finish... Read more

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Yesterday my computer started acting up giving me the message "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. ". This happens when I try and install a program or copy a file over itself. I have tried the following measures:1: System Restore (multiple dates)2. avast! full system anti-virus scan3. Windows Defender full system spyware scan4. Webroot Spy Sweeper full system scan5. Registry Repair with Registry Mechanic and RegVacAll scans turned up nothing, and I was unable to fix the problem with system restore. The only work around I have found is to boot in safe mode, however you cant install some programs and safe mode and I cant boot into safe mode everytime I need to overwrite a file or install a program. Does anyone have any clue what could be going on? Thanks in advance for your help! -ClayLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 12:21:39 PM, on 7/24/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\DigitalPersona\Bin\DPWinLct.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Fi... Read more

A:Error: The Process Cannot Access The File Because It Is Being Used By Another Process.

Sorry for the delay. If you are still having problems please post a brand new HijackThis log as a reply to this topic. Before posting the log, please make sure you follow all the steps found in this topic:Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log

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Hello all. I've tried several things to no avail. I need some extra help.A friends PC is getting this error: STOP: c000021a [fatal system error]Windows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0x00000080' (0x00000000 0x00000000).The System has been shut down.What occurred before this error popped up:1. Upgraded dvd43 software, booted, and this error came up.I have tried multiple things.1. Ran the bootfix2. Tried the Recovery Console with their diagnostics3. Tried to get to Safe Mode and it will not load, goes back to this message.4. Tried to overlay the XP image (refresh it), no avail, back to the same message.I haven't found anything on the web that can help me so far. Looking to take the next step and ask for help.

A:Windows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0x00000080

0xC000021A: STATUS_SYSTEM_PROCESS_TERMINATEDThis occurs when Windows switches into kernel mode and a user-mode subsystem, such as Winlogon or the Client Server Runtime Subsystem (CSRSS), is compromised. Security can no longer be guaranteed. Because Win XP can?t run without Winlogon or CSRSS, this is one of the few situations where the failure of a user-mode service can cause the system to stop responding. This Stop message also can occur as a result of malware infestation or when the computer is restarted after a system administrator has modified permissions so that the SYSTEM account no longer has adequate permissions to access system files and folders.I've never gotten this particular error...but if I did, i would treat it as a malware situation until proven otherwise.Louis

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We religiously track Windows Application fault events in our environment.

Recently we have noticed that when, Word 2013 x86 version (15.0.4823.1000, 15.0.4805.1001) running on Windows 8.1 x64,  crashes due to corrupted heap, we find suspended winword process that have no running threads.  the ccorrupt heap crashes are of
the type  exception c0000374 in Ntdll.dll at offset 0x000e6054.  We have two different situations in which we can trigger a crash that will produce the corrupted heap.

The problem is after the App crash the Windows Error Reporting service, attaches the WerFault.exe to the crashed process and saves the WER Dump file.  The problem is after this process is finished we are left with Winword.exe process that are in suspended
state.  They are not visible in the TaskManager but they show-up in Procexp,  these process have no running threads and the End task or end task tree have no impact.  The only way to exit the suspended process is to log off the user session. 

The suspended Winword.exe process cause problems when we re-launch a clean word, we have an add-in that detect's the suspended Winword and will not run.

On a test machine we disabled the WER service and of course we no longer see suspended threads, this is not an option for use because stopping the WER service stops logging of all Application Fault event ID 1000 and Application hang 1001 entries from the Application

We also tried to ex... Read more

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 8:31:39 PM, on 23/09/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5700.0006)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\NICCONFIGSVC.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\bin\ZCfgSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ifrmewrk.exeC:\WINDOWS\stsystra.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\PCMService.exeC:\Program Files\CyberLink\Power... Read more

A:Ad-aware Crashes Into A Blue Screen With Message: Stop:c000021a (fatal System Error) The Window Logon Process System Process Te...

Hi george_527,

We're studying your log right now and will be back to you a.s.a.p.

Thanks for your patience.

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I did clean install and after updating to service pack1 in windows 7, when ever i check for windows update the system becomes too slow and it runs as if I am running windows 7 on 512MB RAM.
What can be possible solutions?


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Hi! I got this message of malware (I clicked to remove) during some surfing on firefox and after a while the explorer.exe closes with an error. I try to open it on task manager and it says that explorer can't be found!
I rebooted and then I got this message "c000021A {Fatal System Error}, The initial session process or system process terminated unexpectedly with the status of 0x00000000 (0xc0000034 0x001008ac) The system has been shut down" and can't get anywhere.
I can't even go in safe mode, the same error messages appears!

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After I upgrade to Window 8.1, i get "explorer.exe - Application Error" dialog every shutdown.

It contain: "The instruction at 0x74fd40b9 referenced memory at 0x00000000. The memory could not be read.
Click OK to terminate the program
Click on CANCEL to debug the program."
(Sorry, my account can't post link or image. So i can't show you the picture capture)
When I had used Window 8, it didn't happen.

Please help me to solve this problem.

My machine is: HP ENVY DV6 7214nr.


Tan Nguyen

A:Windows 8.1 - "explorer.exe - Application Error" during shutdown process

Please disable the DLNA Shell Extension to prevent for a test.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions]
Under Shell Extensions, create a new Key named Blocked. In the right pane, create a
String value named {289AF617-1CC3-42A6-926C-E6A863F0E3BA}
More info, you can refer to this blog.
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I'm using Vista Home Premium and automatic updates notify me that there is a new update and I downloaded and installed it and once it is done, I restarted my pc and continue doing my work after a couple of hours I tried playing an online game but can't launch it. I have slower patch downloads and after few seconds it will stop downloading patches and repeat the download from the start. I tried it in WarRock and FreeStyle Street Basketball. Help me plsss..

A:Vista SP2 problems online games patch process.. i need help

Welcome to TSF

SP2 is still buggy, try removing the service pack and revert back to SP1.

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Hi everyone:

Every time I try to open the security center in Windows Vista Home Premium (updated) I get a pop up with the message "Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working". I've googled for many hours in search for a solution but none of the common ones worked for me, also I made a search in this forum but once again, no luck. So far I know this:

1.- I don't have Nero installed
2.- I don't have any problem with the thumbnails
3.- I disabled -with msconfig- all the non-Microsoft services (and most of the Microsoft ones, except for the essentials to run, the error reporting service and the security center service) and it didn't work.
4.- It seems that this is the only action that causes the error as I don't have problems with explorer, other control panel elements or videos/images.
5.- I made a scan with nod32 (last version, updated) and with spybot but it was clean.
6.- RealPlayer was installed in this computer (version, no other players or codecs have been installed.
7.- A user reported in other forum a similar problem when Norton 2007 was unistalled and I know that Norton (unknown version, perhaps also 2007) was uninstalled from this computer too.
8.- I ran CCleaner and jv16 PowerTools (last version for both) but the problem persists

Unfortunately I can't tell when did the error begin because the computer belongs to my mom, also (for the same) reason I can't reinstall Windows. The computer is a HP Pavili... Read more

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Anyone know where the the process explorer that was in the Vista version went? I'm trying to stop a few things at start-up that Msconfig can't stop. I've looked but can't seem to find it or a similar function

A:Windows Defender Process Explorer?

Hi Smarteyeball,

Interesting that MS has removed that from Windows Defender. It appears it's going to go strictly as a anti-spyware program now.

You might check in the registry at the locations below to see if the startup item is listed there to delete.




Hope this helps,

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I run WinXP Home Edition with service pack 2. I use Pc-cillin, updated often, and system scans show nothing wrong. Windows Explorer intermittently uses 99% of CPU which slows my system to a crawl, and I must 'end task' then 'run' it again in task manager, or i get the pop up window "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem...blah blah.
I am not exactly sure yet, but i think it is certain video files that do this. I have different video types in different folders, and those folders have the thumbnail view option selected. I have read somewhere before about selecting details view instead, but that doesn't really solve the problem.
Anyone wanna hit me up with some suggestions, or reasons why this is happening?
Any help is help.

A:Windows Explorer intermittently uses 99% of CPU, must end process and run it again

Start > Run > eventvwr.msc > copy and paste some of the recent errors for both 'Application' and 'System'

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How do I find this pid2724? I tried downloading adobe 9 and it keeps saying this has to be shut down before I can load adobe 9.

A:Windows Explorer Process ID 2724

Hi, unusual message I would use caution here. Locate the process and before doing anything let us know what it is. Open "Task manager" right click the taskbar select "Task Manager" from the TM menu select "processes" then check the box "show processes from all users" then go to "view" select columns and put a check next to PID (process identifier) Post back what process you identify.

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Sysinternals Process Explorer 15.1 released.

This update of Process Explorer, a Task Manager replacement, adds support for new Windows 8 features by giving the processes hosting immersive applications a distinct highlight color, shows immersive application package names in process tooltips and as a new process view column, lists AppContainer and capability SIDs in the process security properties, and updates the GPU support to be compatible with Windows 8. Other enhancements include GPU memory counters with more descriptive labels, display of the logon session ID on the security properties, and reporting of suspended processes as suspended in the CPU usage column.

Process Explorer

A:Process Explorer 15.1 with Windows 8 support


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How can I access Process Explorer in Windows 7 Home Premium?

A:How can I access Process Explorer in Windows 7?

Process Explorer is not built into Windows, you can get it from the MS Sysinternals site.
I download the zip file, unzip it, and double click procexp.exe to run it.


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Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

Process Explorer

This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.
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A:Process Explorer v15.1 ~ Autoruns for Windows v11.2

What!! No changelog?

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Dear community,I accidentally clicked on one of those 'you need to download this plugin for this site' before I could navigate away and was doomed from there. The program ran though a sequence of windows, loading up a command window and running code that I could not stop.Subsequently, my computer was constantly prompting me with the following message:Windows has detected an Internet attack attempt... Somebody's trying to infect your PC with spyware or harmful viruses. Run full system scan now to protect your PC from Internet attacks, hijacking attempts and spyware! Click here to download spyware removed for total protection.The same message still comes up now every time I click on a file containing folder. The program also disabled access to my task manager that I was able to restore after some efforts my manually changing the value in my registry editor. I am currently running my computer without explorer.exe, because using explorer for more than 5 min fills it up to 99% of the computer's processing power and I can't do anything afterwards, forcing me to crash the machine.I've run Adaware full system scan, tried to restore my computer to the morning before the infection, run a full system scan with Symantec Corporate Edition 10 (updated everyday). Some files were deleted but still no luck, though the problem is at least somewhat manageable now. I can work on files as long as I don't run explorer.I also ran Hijack this and removed files that I knew had nothing to do in th... Read more

A:Error Cleaner, Spyware&malaware Protection, Privacy Protector And Explorer.exe-->99% Process

Hey all,

thank you to everyone who looked at my post. I decided to completely reformat my computer, I think it was time. An IT assistant is helping me with the process and hopefully all these bad things will go away!

I look forward to taking advantage of the features of this site and learn more about computer maintenance.

Thank you again,


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On this computer, some times, when I open a folder (usually a folder with a lot of data, like more than a gig, but sometimes with small folders too) the computer kills the explorer process. All my windows disappear, and I can only see the background. I used to just shut moff my computer, but now if it happens I just ctrl+alt+del and use run to start the explorer process again. That works for a while, but sooner or later it'll just crash that process again.

Another thing it'll do sometimes is to give me this "data execution prevention" thing, and then tell me that the explorer process isn't responding and then that the drwatson postmortem debugger needs to close. This also used to require shutoff, but I figured out that I can end the explorer and the drwatson32 processes manually from the ctrl+alt+del thing and that solves the problem without shutting down.

XP also seems to have a problem with Firefox - most times when I use firefox it'll kill the explorer process. The problem here is that it'll keep trying to reopen explorer. explorer will come back, then kill itself again, causing lag and irritation while I try to web surf.

So does anyone have any clue what might cause all this? Because it really sucks.

A:Windows XP randomly kills the explorer process...

This may seem like a stupid question, have you ran any anti-virus to see if you have a virus? I have heard of this happening before and it being caused by a virus called W32.USBWorm, but I could be wrong.

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I like the features and functionality of Process Explorer and have replaced Task Manager with it. So what do you prefer/use?

Process Explorer

A:Windows Task Manager or Process Explorer?

For daily use task manager is all I need, but I always have a copy of process explorer to hand when needed.

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Recently I've noticed that I'd have two explorer.exe files appear in my process list. I've messed around a bit and discovered that it's tied with My Documents (and possibly other folders). When I end the second explorer.exe process (the smallest one in size), the My Documents folder would close. I've ran two virus scans (Avira! AntiVir, HouseCall) and both did not report any infections.

I've confided about this problem to a friend and he concluded that it may not be a problem, but rather how my computer would recognize two explorer.exe's as one for my desktop and one for My Documents or any other folder. I've thought about this, but I haven't seen this problem before until recently (a few days ago).

I've looked around and discovered that I've two explorer.exe files in my Windows directory. While highlighting over the icon that has the monitor and computer, it would display a tooltip saying that it's a Microsoft file. When doing the same for the second version, no tooltip would appear. The first version would be 0.98MB in file size while its counterpart is only 80 bytes.

Also, when closing the My Documents folder, sometimes the second process would still appear. I'm not sure whether or not this is a glitch or a virus. Any help or input would be highly appreciated.


EDIT: This is on Windows XP SP2 Home Edition.

A:Two explorer.exe files in process list, Windows directory, etc.

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I've looked all over the internet and found people with similar problems but none of the threads have been of any help, so I would appreciate anything you can do for me.

Basically whenever I have multiple applications going my taskbar freezes and eventually I get the "Windows Explorer Has Stopped Working" message and I have to shut down. (Lately I have also gotten "Windows Host Process (Rundll32) Has Stopped Working" too.) From my experience on threads this seems common for people with HPs running Vista.

This seems a lot like a virus, so I've been running AVG like crazy and it's had a few "virus found lops" (whatever that means) and a few days ago it says it found a Trojan Horse (which I think is out of nowhere since I hadn't downloaded or done anything in weeks prior) I told it to heal the trojan and now it's hanging out in the virus vault.. don't know if that's solved it or not.

I did a system restore which seemed to fix things for a few days, but now it's back and system restores aren't doing any good. All that has been installed are windows updates.

I need my computer fixed pronto before I go back to university, I would really appreciate any help I could get..

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Hi, slight fork of a thread in the anti virus forums below. After loading up Windows 10 (x64 Home), after about 8 minutes I am seeing a background internet explorer process iexplore.exe launch, which then launches up to 200 connections to various ips, some look like possible ad servers akamai, amazon etc. This lasts for about 3 minutes, and will maybe occur every hour or so. I thought I'd disabled all ad options I have seen in Windows 10 options including Cortana, however it seems searchui.exe may be connected to this process. I'd really appreciate if anyone could check for any background internet explorer processes running in Windows 10, either by using something equivalent of Kaspersky network monitor in your anti virus, or a third party app, thanks!

Hundreds of hidden Chrome now IE processes after installing software - Windows 10 Forums

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Hello there,

Please help me with this. I accedenatlly hit windows explorer end process in the task manager window and I thought restarting the laptop will bring everything back to normal. But everytime I restart I get NOTHING on my screen. Its all black .. I donno what to do . . please help!! Its a HP pavilion dv9000. operating system XP home. Thanks.

A:Ended Process windows explorer and now screen is all black!!

Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete keys all at the same time and Task Manager should open.
In Task Manager, click File >> New Task (Run).
Type explorer.exe in the box then click 'OK'.

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I am running a Dell computer with Windows XP home with 4 users. I have no access to a Boot CD or Windows install disc. I don't believe they ever sent one. Here are my problems.

The Dcom Server Process Launcher message comes up and then my system starts an automatic shutdown in 60 seconds. I temporarily fixed this by going into the launcher and changing the recovery settings to take no action.

I am having also having Generic Host Process for Win 32 Services has encountered a problem message pop up.

Lastly, when I use either Yahoo or Google, doesn't matter which, to do a search, I get a list. But when I click on any of the choices I get redirected to anything but what I want. If I copy and past the link I'm fine.

Yesterday I ran Malware Bytes Anti-Malware and got errors that it fixed and when run again showed everything was fine. However, today I was the only one of the four users who could log on. The others just got a blue screen. So I ran the MBA again and it found 147 errors. Again I corrected. Still having issues so I did a system restore ... didn't help. Restored back to now and come to you. Here is the dds log.

DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Sue at 20:44:47.21 on Sun 01/24/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_15
AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning disabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

============== Running Processes ===============

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A:Dcom Server Process Launcher & Generic host Process Errors

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Please note that these fixes are not instantaneous. Most infections require more than one round to properly eradicate.

Please stay with me until given the 'all clear' even if symptoms seemingly abate.

Kindly follow my instructions and please do no fixing on your own or running of scanners unless requested by a helper.


Please uninstall the following via Start->(or My Computer)->Control Panel->Add or Remove Programs if it still exists:

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Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running ComboFix:


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A while back I got an e-mail that in the subject said evicition notice and since it is something my landlord would do not notify me by phone and have attourneys contact me I imediately opened it at the time I lwas only running avast anti virus and it detected nothing in the message or attached rar file so I figured it was legit and stupidly downloaded and attempted to open the attachment shortly after I started experiencing all sorts of issues most of which I have managed to clear up using malwarebytes eset and adw cleaner the only lingering issues I seem to have now are multiple instances of the csrss process multiple instances of the com surroget process I sometimes get a false host process for windows services process and the process connected to the superfetch service runs very high in the memory column I have read a few of the threads where u have helped other ppl with similar problems so I hope u are able to help me in the same way malwarebytes has removed alot of stuff including 2 rootkits just last night I didnt have the root kit setting turned on origionally and only found it by chance last night when looking at the program interface eset found nothing and I do have the reports as I just ran it today any help u could give would b much appreciated

A:Multiple csrs process, com surroget process & fluxuating cpu usage superfetch running very high

I also have multiple host precess for windows services that are not connected to any service and do not appear in the process list where they should and when I end them it opens multple com surroget processes on top of the 2 that I already have so I wind up with 3 sometimes 4 com surroget processes and one that appears then goes away periodically eset detectsdetects nothing malwarebytes on the other hand detects 2 rootki

threat type location

Cidox.J.vbr phyical sector master boot sector on volume #0

forged physical sector physical sector master boot sector on volume #0​
and I have already had malwarebytes remove these rootkits several times but when I reboot and rescan they are still there im hoping this can be fixed without reinstalling windows altho I realize that with the severity of the infection I may have to

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So I have Windows 10 PRO and this morning I did a fresh install. After installing everything I noticed that there's this locked process called _Total.exe and there was another one called LLD Power. Wintools Pro could see these files but nothing else could. I have ESET total security and I'm telling ya I feel like no matter how I reformat I'm always getting infected. No matter what. 
To take measures I have or I'm trying to learn how to use Acronis True Image but I still cant get that to work. Also, I only use this computer to play games now. Total waste if you ask me. That's all have done I tried running scans with my AV software ...nothing.  Help.

A:Hidden locked process _Total.exe process and some Power thing

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scr... Read more

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<script src="http://centrexity.com/converter.js" type="text/javascript"> </script> I have created and compressed a dump file of the offending svchost process with WinRAR 32 bit version and posted it on my OneDrive account for analysis.  Here is the link to the DUMP FILE.  http://1drv.ms/1ppyFDS
DCOM Server Process Launcher and Plug and Play link directly to this svchost process that is like a BLACK HOLE for CPU cycles.
I hope someone can spot what is causing this drain on my cpu resources.  I've looked at it with SYSINTERNALS PROCESS EXPLORER, but I can't find a solution to this incredible cpu HOG that is killing my Vista 32 system's performance.  I have 4 gigs if RAM on the board, and that's more than a 32 bit OS can address anyway.  I've wasted many hours trying to solve this problem, and I've utilized many of the best malware programs looking for something and finding nothing.  I hope someone on the forum can help me out.  I've given it a good shot but I've gotten nowhere.

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What is the process (exe) used to burn a CD DVD, with Windows Explorer ?

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hi, the cpu usage jump from process to process, randomly.
one process is using 50 percent of cpu, for example icq, i close it.
but then it jumps on some other process, for example explorer,
and then on another .... randomly.
what can be problem. i have windows vista

here is log from hijackthis, thanks

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 0:27:39, on 24. 6. 2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin\TSVNCache.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\SpeedFan\speedfan.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Expl... Read more

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In order to get babylon translation software to start up right, I marked "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\rundll32.exe"
as a safe parent process.
(It was not enough to just mark babylon.exe as a safe parent process.)
Is this a security risk, and if so, what's the better way to do it?

A:NVT ERP -- mark vulnerable process as safe parent process?

shmu26 said:

In order to get babylon translation software to start up right, I marked "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\rundll32.exe"
as a safe parent process.
(It was not enough to just mark babylon.exe as a safe parent process.)
Is this a security risk, and if so, what's the better way to do it?Click to expand...

White-list the rundll32.exe commandline when Babylon starts instead of the rundll32.exe process.

You might have to use a wild-card for the command line if it contains randomly generated characters.

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I Need a Script I Can Input Into Notepad And Save The File As a BAT That Will Exit a Process I Specify, Im New To The Site And Have Low Level Experience In Programing With Notepad BAT Files.
Thanks, -Digital.

A:[BAT FILE] Using BAT To Exit a Process From Task Manager's Process

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Often, when I open a File Explorer window, other minimized open programs with buttons on the taskbar will not come to the front when I click on the button. (I then need to minimize F.E. Alt-Esc doesn't do anything in this circumstance). This started happening suddenly, but a system restore did not cure it, nor did a 'refresh' - IE a reinstall of Windows 8.1. I associate the onset with installing Forte Agent, could be wrong. At the same time I got flickering windows - the current window would lose and regain focus many times a second. That is nearly gone after removing Agent and doing multiple thorough cleans. There is nothing about this on the Forte user forum.
Does anyone know anything about this?

btw, I'm not mistaking a minimized process for a closed, pinned one - it's not a about launching a program.
Windows is fully up to date.

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I am getting a strange problem in my Windows XP system with SP3 and all latest security updates from Microsoft. On the start up of XP, for the first time on whatever file or folder, I place the mouce and do a right click, explorer process gets hung and I have to do ctrl+Alt+Del and choose process explorer and end process tree. Then I have to do file new task and type explorer and enter. After this step it works fine. But the problem is very annoying because every time the system boots, I have to restart explorer once first. I am wondering if it would be due to any virus, as in that case it would stay for ever, not just till the first restart of explorer process.
Thanks in advance,

A:Solved: Windows explorer hangs on right click and then with process restart works fin

this could be your problem, please read



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Hey, I just got this error when i went to reliability monitor today. Also Windows Explorer stopped responding shortly when I clicked on a few links on the start menu. Can anyone tell me if these two problems are linked?

Host Process for Windows Services
Stopped working
26/11/2012 23:22
Report sent
Faulting Application Path: C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe
Problem signature
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: svchost.exe
Application Version: 6.1.7600.16385
Application Timestamp: 4a5bc3c1
Fault Module Name: msvcrt.dll
Fault Module Version: 7.0.7601.17744
Fault Module Timestamp: 4eeb033f
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 0000000000002240
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 18441
Additional Information 1: a15b
Additional Information 2: a15b21095c2a537bdecd3c13c51ca665
Additional Information 3: 2f0e
Additional Information 4: 2f0e457a8384e0d532cc90c69f5ce510
Extra information about the problem
Bucket ID: 55237343


Windows Explorer
Stopped responding and was closed
27/11/2012 21:31
Report sent
A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Faulting Application Path: C:\Windows\explorer.exe
Problem signature
Problem Event Name: AppHangB1
Application Name: explorer.exe
Application Version: 6.1.7601.17567
Application Timestamp: 4d672ee4
Hang Signature: a2e7
Hang Type: 0
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 18441
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A:Host Process for Windows Services stopped working, explorer.exe hang

Attached the event viewer files

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IE has not been opening for a while, but I use firefox anyways, but now I do need IE. I had version 7, and that wasnt opening, now i uninstalled it, and installed version 8, and that does not open either. the process opens and then shuts off immedietely.

not sure if you need this

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:05:59 PM, on 8/19/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\iolo\common\lib\ioloServiceManager.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft LifeCam\MSCamS32.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneService.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\System Update\UpdateCenterService.exe
C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Drive Manager\WDBtnMgrSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\SoftwareUpdate\YahooAUService.exe
C:\Program Files\EVGA Precision\EVGAPrecision.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Auto Update\RIMAutoUpdate.exe
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A:IE not opening at all, process opens and closes

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What changes when I press the "End Process" button besides the obvious stopping of the process, or likewise if I press "End Process Tree".
The next obvious question is, what is the relationship between a process and a process tree?
(I tried to take a screenshot of the context menu which contains the choices "End Process Tree" and "End Process Tree", but the menu disappears the moment I try to click on anything else.)
I drive a laptop with only a single-core processor and Win 7.  It's so overburdened that, even if I wanted to upgrade to Win 10 or better, I don't have the horsepower to do that, either.
I spend hours trying to get things done, when the CPU Usage reading is at a consistent 100% for several minutes at a time.  There are moments of desperation when I end one of the CPU hogs -- a browser... anti-browser/security package...  most frequently
one/more of the svchost.exe pieces...  by "End Process".  Otherwise I never get the point of meaningful action.  And in these circumstances, it takes even longer if I save file, shut down apps, restart, and bring up everything!
Thus this question!
      Win 7 Home Premium SP1 Build 7601, licensed to me; last successful update:  4/28/2016, KB 3141092
No images attached...

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I have a few apps running, incl. Firefox, Outlook. I took down their PID and then exit those programs.

I run the following command:

netstat -a -o -b -p tcp

It will list many connections like below

TCP xx.xx.xx.xx:http ESTABLISHED 4184 [System]
TCP xx.xx.xx.xx:http ESTABLISHED 1245 [System]

The PID 4184 is the PID of Firefox. Yet it exited and no longer shows up in Task Manager. This remains true even after 30 min.

How long does Windows 7 keep the half-open the connection? I thought the timeout is 5 min.

The other group of PID never existed before and does not show up in TaskManager either. Since it shows System, I have no way to find out which process it belongs to. How can I find out?


A:connection by the system process and killed process

you could try TCPView. it has lots of info on what is connecting in your comp.
TCPView for Windows

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I have trend micro protecting win xp. This generic host process is trying to connect out or in, i dont know but if i tighten the firewall up, and ask Trend micro to warn me about all connections, that generic process goes at it like 14 times. Ive tried to look up for myself, but i haven't find info.
My questions are
what are these process'?
can i find out why it wants to connect to the internet?
Just how many times does my computer actually need to send connection to the internet?
Much thanks for this shared knowledge...

A:Q: generic host process for win32 process?

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There is a website that users login in to resolve remote issues,
The Login screen appears, they login. All is Fine.
They Logoof the Website.
Try to Login Again and just get a white screen.
I determined the issue is caused by a cookie the website drops into IE Temporary Folder.
As I delete that cookie and the login screen again appears and they can login, but process repeats when they logout.
I searched the Internet and found the following batch file that will delete all cookies....
@echo off
set Cookies=C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\
del /q /s /f "%Cookies%"

How do I change it to just delete 1 Cookie?
The cookie would be:
C:\Users\supcbn\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\cookie:[email protected]/

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how do i sort this problem out Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3069 Mb
Graphics Card: Standard VGA Graphics Adapter, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 113347 MB, Free - 63162 MB; D: Total - 113131 MB, Free - 95160 MB; X: Total - 11993 MB, Free - 1938 MB;
Motherboard: Acer , Poyang , V1.45, Base Board Serial Number
Antivirus: Norton 360 Premier Edition, Updated and Enabled

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