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Windows Explorer takes 5-8 seconds to open a File Properties window!

Q: Windows Explorer takes 5-8 seconds to open a File Properties window!

Hi everyone!
I tried to ignore this problem, but it has become increasingly frustrating when I have to work with files in Windows Explorer.
The problem is, when I right-click on a file and choose Properties, it takes 5-8 seconds to open the File Properties Window. Strangely, when I do the same with folders (Folder Properties) the window opens almost instantaneously as it should. I have tried to fiddle around with ShellExView but to no avail - after all, I assume that program is just for controlling context menu entries. I searched and googled but I couldn't find any similar problems, the closest I got was that software.
Do you know what's the problem? Thanks in advance! 

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A: Windows Explorer takes 5-8 seconds to open a File Properties window!

You can keep disabling more non-microsoft extensions in shellexview and see if any of them are causing it (do a system backup first)

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Machine SPecs:
Dell Dimension E520
Vista Home Premium SP1
Intel Pentium D(2)2800 MHz
4 gig RAM
100 gig HD free disk space

wordperfect x3 is very slow opening and closing documents. sometime up to 20 seconds to open or close. No other programs are having issues, including MS Word. i have contacted corel but have no response.

Thanks for any suggestions

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Hello everyone.

I have been unable to view the properties of certain files. Whenever I select the file, right-click, and select Properties, Windows Explorer crashes and restarts. The same thing happens when I try to select Properties through the Organize menu dropdown.

I found a couple of relevant threads in this forum, but they don't seem to have been resolved:

Right Click Properties Crash

My issue is more similar to the first thread. It is only files, not folders or drives. And it is only certain types of files; the affected file types seem to be video files in general, while all other file types seem OK, although mp3 files seem to be a mixture of both (some works and some fails).

Anyway, I have tried all 4 methods provided by Sir George in the first thread. My graphic drivers are up to date, the sfc/scan came up clean (screenshot 1), the Microsoft Safety Scanner came up clean (screenshot 2), and the problem persisted after booting in safe mode, as well as after a clean boot.

I have even scanned and fixed the registry using AVG PC TuneUp, turned off the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) feature, and scanned the hard drives for errors. There were no errors found from scanning the hard drives, and the problem remained.

Can anyone please provide me with further advice or instructions? Any insight would be very much appreciated.


A:Windows Explorer crashes when trying to open certain file properties

Have you tried uninstalling AVG?
What is the file association of video files (avi mpg mp4 etc.)

Mine is set for
.avi - Windows Media Player.
all .mp* - Windows Media Player

Look in Control Panel, Default Programs.

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This is the weirdest thing i've ever encountered in windows.

brand new computer, i installed my normal program (office 2013, vs.net 2013, sql developer 2014, stardock start 8 and some other basic stuff etc)

i have this computer and google chrome pinned to the task bar.

if i left click either of them, they take 10+ seconds to open. I can run either from a short cut on the desktop or anywhere else and they both open instantly.

i can fix this behavior by right clicking the task bar and clicking lock the task bar. now both chrome and this computer open instantly for about 1 min. eventually they both go back to 10 seconds.
i can then right click and do unlock the task bar and it fixes it for a min etc.

i think it might have something to do with office. i'm going to try to uninstall that and reinstall and see if it helps.
the little pop up messages in the upper right corner for "you have an email" are also very slow when i click on it to open the email in outlook.

i'd appreciate any ideas as i'm stumped.


A:8.1 windows taskbar takes 10+ seconds to open program

uninstalling office didn't help, nor did reinstalling it

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I am noticing that when I click to open a folder in the File Explorer, the folder automatically opens in a new window.

Then if I click on another folder or file, that automatically opens in a new window as well and so on. It is annoying to have to keep closing windows.

I cannot locate how to change that behavior back to where I had it where it only opened in another window if I clicked for it to do so and not by default.

I am not seeing that as an option in the menus.

Any suggestions or advice here?

A:File Explorer Windows Automatically Open in New Window?

Quote: Originally Posted by Sunrise12

I am noticing that when I click to open a folder in the File Explorer, the folder automatically opens in a new window.

Then if I click on another folder or file, that automatically opens in a new window as well and so on. It is annoying to have to keep closing windows.

I cannot locate how to change that behavior back to where I had it where it only opened in another window if I clicked for it to do so and not by default.

I am not seeing that as an option in the menus.

Any suggestions or advice here?

Hi sunrise12,
you can certainly turn that off, go to any folder or file and press "alt", then press T (Tools) and then press O (Folder Options), this is your folder options, the first thing you come to is this :

select "open each folder in the same window", apply and click ok and that should fix this for you.


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I've noticed that when my computer first boots up, Windows Defender opens almost immediately when I double-click the system tray icon, but after opening it the first time, subsequent attempts take ~10 seconds after double-clicking the icon.
Any ideas? I've already checked and it's not in the middle of a scan or anything. Also, I've opened Defender from the settings menu (there's a button that says "Open Windows Defender") and it opens instantaneously via this button even when it's opening slowly from the system tray.

Is this normal behavior or is something strange going on here? This is basically a completely fresh install of Win 10 and I'm pretty sure I don't have any viruses or malware going on...

A:Windows Defender takes ~10 seconds to open from system tray icon

Mine (Ver 1607 AU) does the same? When I open from system tray, it takes a long time to open.

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Hello,I'm using Windows XP SP 3. For the past several months Windows Explorer had been slow to open, maybe about 5-10 seconds, but since it wasn't THAT long I just lived with it. Unfortuantely, recently it has begun taking much longer, 20-40 seconds, as well as randomly locking up and crashing.Symptoms:- It's happening in any Windows Explorer window. If I press Ctrl-E it happens, as well as using a folder shortcut to open My Documents, although if I open My Documents the wait is only about 5-10 seconds. - When pressing Ctrl-E, there is a delay of about 3-4 seconds before Windows Explorer opens at all. It then opens with an hour glass, shows me my drives/folders, but without icons next to them. The hour glass stays for about 20-40 seconds until finally I can click on something. When navigating through Windows Explorer, opening a new drive or a folder that contains a lot of files oftentimes causes it to lock up for about 20 seconds as the hard drive spins loudly. - When returning to my desktop, typically about 2/3 of the desktop items have the default "Can't find the icon" icon that windows uses. Slowly, over the course of about 10 seconds the correct icons load, and I hear the hard drive spinning loudly. - Lately I've also been occasionally getting blue screens/reboots. What I've done:- Updated and done full system scan with AVG free. Found nothing.- Updated and done full system scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Found nothing.- Perform... Read more

A:Windows Explorer takes about 20-40 seconds to load, locks up randomly

FWIW: A damaged system file...may not show any observable impact to the user from damage...but it may be reflected in system operation. The fact that any driver for a device...appears to be working properly...can be superficial and erroneous.It's also good to remember that in a system...something wrong with one file may manifest itself in a malfunction of something else. Examples are all the various types of memory errors...which are really caused by something other than memory but manifest themselves in the functioning of system memory.If you have a .dmp error file which fingers a given driver as having problems...IMO, it's having problems.At the least, I would uninstall it and then reinstall it.It might be a good idea (certainly won't hurt) to run the sfc /scannow command. This is designed to detect and replace any damaged or missing system files.How To Use Sfc.exe To Repair System Files - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43051/how-to-use-sfcexe-to-repair-system-files/ Louis

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Hi, I'm new here I've been asked for help about this problem in like 5 other forums, and noone know what to do. This is my last call, so now it's up to you guys!

So, the problem:
It all started on a LAN.
After the LAN my computer takes about 8 seconds to open a:
Image file
Audio/Music file
And Video.

Other programs such as Flash, Photoshop, etc etc runs normally and there is no delay at all.
So I've been googling this alot, and found out that it have to be something to do with a "Broken local network link" or something like that.

What I already have tried to solve my problem:
Defragment C-disk
Virus-scan (used 4 programs as kaspersky, ad-aware etc)
System Restore
Copy the pictures and open them on another disk
Install another picture-viewer program
Quit sharing files on Local area network

Interesting things:
When I load windows in "Safe mode without internet connection" everything works perfectly! But when I start "Safe mode with internet connection" it is the same problem again.
Also, when I unplugg the internet cable everything is good again, and no delay, but as soon as I plugg it back in it starts to lagg...

Please could anyone help me?

(Sorry for my bad english)

A:Open images - Takes about 8 seconds?!

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dead delay 45 sec to open web pages

A:IE9 takes 45 seconds to open web pages

try resetting ie9 to default, disable any toolbars and addons to see if it helps. If it does, start turning them back on one at a time till you find the problem one.

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System was infected with malicious software, hacking tools and unwanted tools,SpyFalcon, Vcodec and others. These were "cleaned" using a number of different tools, Disc Clean-up, CWShredder, TrendMicro, Ad-Aware, Spybot,AVG and others. Home page is still slow to open, 45/50 seconds. Please help!Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 9:42:04 AM, on 4/25/2006Platform: 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:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\InterMute\SpySubtract\SpySub.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\DllHost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\wbem\wmiapsrv.exeC:\Documents and Settings\Charles Rose\My Documents\My Music\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\... Read more

A:Home Page Takes 45/50 Seconds To Open

Hello,Go to start > controlpanel > software and uninstall next programs if still present:p2pnetworksNotification UtilityReboot afterwards.After reboot,Check and fix next entry in hijackthis:O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MediaPipe P2P Loader] "C:\Program Files\p2pnetworks\mpp2pl.exe" /HThen delete next folders if still present:C:\Program Files\p2pnetworksC:\Program Files\Notify* Clean your Cache and Cookies in IE:Close all instances of Outlook Express and Internet Explorer Go to Control Panel > Internet Options > General tabClick the "Delete Cookies" buttonNext to it, Click the "Delete Files" buttonWhen prompted, place a check in: "Delete all offline content", click OK* Clean your Cache and Cookies in Firefox (In case you also have Firefox installed):Go to Tools > Options.Click Privacy in the menu on the left side of the Options window.Click the Clear button located to the right of each option (History, Cookies, Cache).Click OK to close the Options window
Alternatively, you can clear all information stored while browsing by clicking Clear All.
A confirmation dialog box will be shown before clearing the information.* Clean other Temporary files + Recycle bin Go to start > run and type: cleanmgr and click ok. Let it scan your system for files to remove. Make sure Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files, and Recycle Bin are the only things checked.Press OK to remove them.I see in your f... Read more

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I don't remember how long ago I submitted this problem, but it does not appear to have been addressed (or if it has I cant find the reply) I still have field within the properties box which do not have corresponding columns within the Explorer window. 
I seems to me to be a real case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing as whoever designed these two items didn't exchange details. This was my original query "
Using Windows 10 / .wma & .wmv "properties" fields / Folder and file display columns. There are two fields in the properties
box "Content provider" and "Group description" which do not have corresponding columns within the folders. As I use both boxes, what do I do>" Nothing has changed!

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When I open a .doc file in word 2003 for the first time, the document opens, then is sometimes briefly editable (maybe for 1 or 2 seconds), then word freezes for exactly sixty seconds (regardless of the document size).

Having opened the file in word and re-save it as a .doc file (without making any changes), subsequent reopening the same file happens almost immediately, although the file is now 4kb larger.

I'm pretty sure this started happening shortly after I installed the Microsoft Compatibility pack for Office 2007 to get support for .docx / pptx / .xlsx files.

Any ideas why, is anybody else having this problem? Certainly a couple of my colleagues are having the same issues. Powerpoint and Excel seem to be unaffected.

A:Word 2003 takes sixty seconds to open

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Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
4 Gig RAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8 GHz
NVIDIA board

I've been running this system just fine until recently when this problem with the right-click menu started. Actually, it is a problem specific to the "New" portion of the right-click menu in Windows Explorer. I can right-click a blank portion of an Explorer window and I get the usual instant pop-out menu; but, if I click "New", it takes a full ten seconds to respond. For ten seconds, it is as though I didn't click at all, then the "New" nested menu appears and everything works as normal. If I impatiently click several times in a row during that ten seconds (on "New"), everything grays for the rest of the ten seconds, then the Windows Desktop redraws completely and I have to start over again trying to use the "New" menu.

This has been going on for about two weeks.


A:Right-click menu in Win Explorer takes 10 Seconds

How To Fix Slow Right Click Problems In Windows

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Truly had a hard time trying to describe a proper title.
Here's what I mean. Since I got this computer 3 years ago and along it Windows 7 I had this problem and questioned if it was a normal Win7 thing or not.
I turn on the PC and, for ex., I go online. This means I am presently working on my C: drive since that is where my OS sits and along it my Browser. But at one point, say 15 minutes later I want to open a file/folder which happens to be on a different drive, D:, E: whatever. Well at this point I hear coming from my computer, sitting below me, the drive begin to spin-and I need to wait from 5 to 10 seconds before I see anything on the screen--Windows Explorer. Is this normal or what? If not, what is going on exactly.
At this point, afterwards the folder siting on the drive takes no time to open, or a new folder or whatever but if I wait a while, say 30 minutes and then decide to open another folder sitting on another drive the same thing happens

A:Folder on unused drive takes 5 to 10 seconds to open, is this normal?

Hello pintree,

Yes, this is normal when you have Windows set to Turn off hard disk after X amount of idle minutes instead of "Never". If you like, the tutorial below can helps how you how to set this to "Never" to no longer have your hard drives turn off.

Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never

Hope this helps,

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This is definitely the best forum for tech help I've come across in a long time, so maybe someone here is familiar with this problem.

Okay, I use XP Pro, I've got all the updates available, and it works just great accept for one very annoying issue: it takes exactly 2 minutes (i've clocked it) to open up any explorer windows. Like 'my computer', 'my documents' or any specific folder, control panel, and most frustratingly it affects the Internet Explorer (6.0). It takes 2 mins to go from one webpage to another, no matter what, and that totally defeats the purpose of having DSL! Luckily Netscape is not affected, so I'm using that now. Also, I can't open up 'run', 'find', or 'windows explorer', when I click on them nothing happens ever. No other programs are affected, I can click on say, Windows Media Player and it'll open right up. Only if it's in an explorer window will it stall while opening.

Here's what I have: Compaq Presario 5600, XP Pro, 500 and something RAM (can't remember exact number); I have Adaware, Spybot, and Norton Antivirus software

I've posted this query on a few help forums but I haven't had any luck with solutions so far; mostly I've gotten folks convinced that I have spyware or a virus slowing things down, even after I've scanned and scanned with the latest software and found nothing. Is there anyone here who's heard of this problem, or... Read more

A:Strange: It Takes Exactly 2 mins for Explorer Windows to Open!

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Ok, so some of you may have noticed this is my second thread, beacuse, well, it's the second computer. This one's my dad's.


I did follow the rest of the instructions, but since DSS will not run, I will post a HIJACKTHIS LOG below.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 2:36:05 PM, on 9/1/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Iomega\DriveIcons\ImgIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Keyboard\type32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\Metacafe\MetacafeAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Sy... Read more

A:Extremely Infected Computer -- Takes over 30 Seconds to Open A Word Document

It's been 48 hours so... --->BUMP

I've done some stuff since I originally posted, so here's a new log...

Deckard's System Scanner v20070826.66
Run by Zack on 2007-09-01 2201
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- HijackThis (run as Zack.exe) ------------------------------------------------

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:02:55 PM, on 9/1/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeIn.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\UltraMon\UltraMon.exe
C:\Program Files\UltraMon\UltraMonTaskbar.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Web Accelerator\GoogleWebAccWarden.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Web Accelerator\googlewebaccclient.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\Ad-Watch2007.exe
C:\WINDOWS\syste... Read more

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A certain set of programs take over a minute to run. If I double click the executable it takes over a minute before the program launches.

Equally attempting to access the file properties takes a similar amount of time.

(the file happens to be audioconverter.exe (part of a set of programs to re-encode mkv's - e.g. strip out of the dts track and reencode with ac3, etc.)

Only files in this set of sub-directories seem to be affected, the rest of the machine performs perfectly.

Any ideas?


A:File Properties or running the program takes long time

What's the name of the program exactly? if the rest of the installed ones are not giving you any kinds of trouble, that could be a hint..

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I cannot see or edit most Publisher 2010 file properties in Windows explorer and the file properties do not work in Windows searches. I can access the metadata information from within Publisher, but not from Windows 7 explorer. When I right-click on a Publisher file (or PDF file) from Windows explorer I do not get these metadata fields at all.

I used to be able to see and edit these in Windows XP and Vista. I can see Name, Date Created, Date Modified. But I cannot see/edit -Tags, Title, Categories. No preview of the file is displayed either.

All these are visible and able to be edited with other types of files (e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) It seems to be just with Publisher, although it is possible PDF files might have the same problem. I can see previews of PDF files but not title, tags, category (its possible the PDF's I have just don't have this metadata).

A:Publisher File Properties not visible in Windows Explorer

It is most likey a problem with an IFilter. Update your filter pack here.

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I am not new to Windows at all, but I am trying hard to get this view back in my Windows 8 File Explorer from Windows 7.
(I need to link to a pic, as I do not know the correct terms for it.)

I think it is possible, just do not know how to get the disk size and space used properties to show.

A:Windows 8 File Explorer properties view question

Have you tried this?

Attachment 24387

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I posted this on cnet with no responses yet so I'll post it here and maybe you guys can help me.

So yesterday I was on my laptop and everything was fine. I went to open a minimized firefox browser and everything got really slow. After I finally got the all of the tabs and the browser closed things were still not right. I restarted. After that I opened firefox and closed it. I reopened and it said it was already running. I waited a few seconds and got the same message. I opened up task manager and it was still running. The computer was still slow so I decided to do a system restore to 11/1. When it restarted after doing the restore I got a black screen with the mouse pointer. The activity light wasn't flashing so I opened up task manager and shut it down. I restarted and it was really slow to start up. Now, everything worked except windows explorer was slow to respond and would take much longer to open than normal. (Libraries button on quick launch). I did a sfc /scannow and found nothing. Next, I backed up and ran avast, superantispyware, and malwarebytes and found nothing all on full scan. When I ran malwarebytes I was in safe mode and windows explorer still didn't come up like it should in safe mode. So I did another system restore to 10/26 and it hung at the black screen again but I let it sit for about 10 minutes and it finally came up (this time with a box saying it was successfully restored). Still have slow start up although that was when system res... Read more

A:Slow startup, Windows Explorer takes long time to open

Let's see what VEW by Vino Rosso has to say http://images.malwareremoval.com/vino/VEW.exe
Download and save it to your desktop

Double click it to start it Note: If running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you will need to right click the file and select Run as administrator and click Continue or Allow at the User Account Control Prompt.

Click the check boxes next to Application and System located under Select log to query on the upper left

Under Select type to list on the right click the boxes next to Error and Warning Note: If running Windows Vista or Windows 7 also click the box next to Critical (not XP).

Under Number or date of events select Number of events and type 20 in the box next to 1 to 20 and click Run

Once it finishes it will display a log file in notepad
Please copy and paste its entire contents into your next reply

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Recently on Windows 8 file explorer some details started to be displayed on the right hand side.  They can be best described as a large icon with some file information like how many files are stored or what type of file they are. 

Does anyone know how to remove this icon and information.  I find it quite annoying and cannot remove via any of the settings.

A:Windows 8 File Explorer - properties displayed on right hand side ?

Sounds like you might have enabled the Preview or Details pane.
In Windows Explorer, click the "View" tab in the Ribbon.  In the "Pane" segment on the left side of the Ribbon, unclick either Preview Pane or Details Pane (whichever is highlighted) and it should go back to "normal".David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

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Mod edit; Moved to Malware Logs forum ~~ boopme All my desk top files open in a rt click window only properties and its very new I ran anti malware nothing found ran combo fix here are the results ComboFix 14-01-29.01 - becky 01/29/2014  12:00:23.2.2 - x64Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.5887.4433 [GMT -8:00]Running from: E:\ComboFix.exeAV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {641105E6-77ED-3F35-A304-765193BCB75F}SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {DF70E402-51D7-30BB-99B4-4D23E83BFDE2}SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}..(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((   Other Deletions   )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))..c:\users\becky\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kikjpgpbpnapbimplfcbcbakjacpgcebc:\users\becky\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kikjpgpbpnapbimplfcbcbakjacpgceb\1.25.32_0\background.htmlc:\users\becky\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kikjpgpbpnapbimplfcbcbakjacpgceb\1.25.32_0\crossriderManifest.jsonc:\users\becky\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kikjpgpbpnapbimplfcbcbakjacpgceb\1.25.32_0\extensionData\manifest.xmlc:\users\becky\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kikjpgpbpnapbimplfcbcbakjacpgceb\1.25.32_0\extensionData\plugins.jsonc:\users\becky\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\E... Read more

A:files open in properties window

should hav done it befor I used  adaware and it found the culprit  now I am up and running again Gosh I love this site.

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I've been fighting properties window since I installed window 10...
I use this function a lot. The problem is the properties window opens in the background.
So I have to minimize all the windows I have open to see the properties window.
The weird thing is the properties window is the only one that does that, When I open a new
window of anything it opens in the forground.
Is there a way to force the properties window open in the forground...Thanks...

A:How to force the properties window open in the foreground!

I fixed it.. If anyone is having this same issue... This is what I used to fix my problem... It's for Windows 7 but it applies to windows 10...

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I hope someone can help.
After i startup, which seems pretty quick, i click on the Internet Icon which should (used to!) immediately open the dial up window and start dialing for a connection.
Now when i click the Icon, the hourglass shows for approx i min, then the dial up window comes up ???
Any ideas....PLEASE

A:I.E Takes about 1 min to open 'dial up window'

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Hi all. I have four pc's at home, two desktops and two notebooks. Suddenly, one of my notebooks takes forever to open IE. I'm running Verizon DSL and the notebook is a Lenovo ThinkPad Z60M, WinXP Pro. When I open a browser, it says at the bottom "detecting proxy settings." It sits like that for at least 10 seconds before opening my home page. Any ideas why this machine has to detect proxy settings and how I can make it do that faster? I know, I know, 10 seconds, gee, what a pity. I'm just used to instant browsing and the 10 seconds is very irritating.

None of my other systems takes more than 1 second to open my home page.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

A:IE Browser window takes forever to open!!! HELP

See if there is a more recent update for IE-6 (IE-7 for XP is not experiencing same problem). Found a blog that talks about a lot of people having problems with the August.06 update from MS and some suggested remedies. You can read it at:
http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/08/08/692437.aspx​The discussion starts to get involved with this on the Thursday, August 10, 2006 1:12 AM by Phil.

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Quite a bizarre one - every time I try to view the properties of any file or folder, I'm met with:

"Explorer.exe - Application Error

The instruction at "0x02e1415b" referenced at "0x000000000". The momory could not be "written".

Click on OK to terminate the program
Click on CANCEL to debug the program"

Has anyone even encountered this before? Searching the forums produced nothing.

Thank you very much for your time and effort - it's well appreciated.

A:Explorer Crashes on loading Properties Window


Originally Posted by JohnnyUK

Quite a bizarre one - every time I try to view the properties of any file or folder, I'm met with:

"Explorer.exe - Application Error

The instruction at "0x02e1415b" referenced at "0x000000000". The momory could not be "written".

Click on OK to terminate the program
Click on CANCEL to debug the program"

Has anyone even encountered this before? Searching the forums produced nothing.

Thank you very much for your time and effort - it's well appreciated.

Hi JohnnyUK have you seen this http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...d_stp_hwpg.asp give it a shot. Also take a look at this http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...d_stp_hwpg.asp.

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I was told to also post this iunder this category.

I'm about to tear out my hair. First Windows Explorer keeps stopping, searches for solution then restarts. About the time this problem, I noticed that Windows Explorer will change the original creation date on some of my files. It might be all files in folder or just certain types. I've yet to make a connection with when this is happening or what is causing it. Not necessarily when Windows Explorer stops. It's difficult when you can't tell which is the oldest/newest file in a folder.

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit, which I keep updated, McAfee, AntiMalware Bytes and SuperAntiSpyware, also all updated.

I'm begging! Can someone help me please?


A:Window Explorer keeps stopping/Windows Explorer Changed File Dates


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Hi guys...
I have a weird problem. Every time i want to open some folder explorer opens new window for it. For example if i want to open Program Files I'll open my computer (first window), then Local disk C: (second window), then Program Files (third window). Ok, that wouldn't be hard to fix. Just go to the folder options and select open each folder in the same window. Problem is... It is already set that way. So, select open each folder in the same window is selected and it's still doing it same, mulitple windows.
I've tried to slecet another option and return to the first one but it wouldn't work.
I've scanned my computer with ad-aware, spybot, eset, avg etc. and there are no spyware, malware, viruses just that annoying thing.
Can anyone tell me how to fix or the only way to do it is reinstall?
P.S. I hope i've put the thread in correct forum...

A:Explorer windows constantly open in new window

was this on a clean install or an upgrade?

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My wife's computer has a problem I can't work out - though I suspect it's a simple setting I can't find.

Whenever she opens a second IE window the earlier one closes immediately. She can't have two windows on screen. This is true even if a right mouse click selects open link in new window. The link opens but the previous page shuts.

I have run Spybot, Adaware, Cleanup and virus checker.

I have now set up Mozilla for her which works fine. but I'm still puzzled why IE doesn't work.

Any ideas?



A:Int. Explorer allows only one window open. Shuts earlier windows.

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Hello, In Windows Vista, it was possible to run an elevated Windows Explorer window. To do so, enable the "Launch folder windows in a separate process" check box, log off, and then log back on. After that, you can right-click the Windows Explorer shortcut and choose "Run as administrator." This no longer works in Windows 7. It is a legitimate need to occasionally run Windows Explorer elevated; for example, to register or unregister WSC (Windows script component files) or to run Windows scripts elevated. Can anyone comment on this limitation and whether it is a flaw or by design? Thanks! Bill Stewart

A:Unable to open an elevated Windows Explorer window

I am currently using Explorer++ to work around this limitation. But I would still like to hear an official answer regarding this problem. Bill

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I have Windows Vista Ultimate SP1. Under Organize->Folder and Search Options->Browse folders I have the radio button, "Open each folder in the same window" checked. However, Vista refuses to do so and opens each folder in its own window. This does not work well for me because I end up with tons of open windows and its a pain to close them. This behaviour just started. Yesterday it did not do this. This is a fresh install with only Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2005, Expression Studio 2, Adobe CS3 and InstallAware installed. Also worth noting is that if I right click on a folder, the default action of Open is in bold. If I click it then it will open the folder in the same window. However, every time I double click it opens a new window.Please help as I really don't want to have to switch to a third party file management tool over this.Thanks!

A:Windows Explorer Refuses to Open Folders In Same Window

 you may try enabling the navigation pane (organize -> layouts - and enable navigation pane). with that enabled, I see things behaving as they should

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I have been having problems recently with my computer preforming very slowly. When ever I open up a new browser window it usually take a couple on minutes before I can do anything with it. I would greatly appreciate it if you could see if there are any problems with my computer and what I can do. I have run all the advised programs listed in this forum. Thanks for your help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:07:28 AM, on 1/11/2007
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\?ssembly\?canregw.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Deb\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Directory 1 for hijackthis.zip\HijackThis.exe

R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {0C35ED6E-72AC-790D-8A7B-7D... Read more

A:Computer acting slowly takes a couple of minutes to open a new ie window


I see you are not running any Service Packs. These will be needed later.Please save and run the download.It will copy the results to your clipboard. Will you copy and paste them back here please.


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I have an Samsung SSD EVO 850 (250GB), 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a I3-2120 (Sandy Bridge) CPU
Running windows 7 with service pack 1 ( 6.1.7601 according to ver command)
Boot takes 60 seconds to load.
Been trying Sfc /scannow

Here is some useful stuff from my computer:
System information log
System (Event viewer)

I have also found this guide guide
At first i have choosen the first one - Only discovering problems but without repairing them.
Rebooted my pc then went to the event viewer. There i have seen that ArcSec Driver has failed to start.
I have switched to the second option that includes repair, rebooted my pc and nothing. nothing has changed.
I have launched Autoruns Sysinternals and found some problems - deleted some, disabled some but it changed nothing. Still boot takes 60 seconds (from the moment "starting windows" is on the screen till you can type a password)

Photo number one
Photo number 2

Thank you

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Many thanks to Stantly, who solved my previous problem with windows explorer (clicking folders opening in new windows despite the "open in same window" being set".

Explorer now opens folders if I click on them in the left hand "Folders" pane, but if I click on any folders in the right hand (files pane) in opens a new window to "my documents".

All the problems started when I added added a new function to the folder file folder file type properties to print out the contents of a folder by calling a batch file that piped the content to a file.

In the file association for file folders in the advanced section I now have three functions
- the afore mentioned 'create file list'
- explore (the default), and
- find

For the folder file type I just have:
- explore and
- open

Any suggestions on how to make clicking folders in the right hand pane opwn them up propoerly in the same window as per clicking them on the left hand pane?

A:Windows explorer folder click goes open new window to my documents

I have exactly the same problem. Did you ever find an answer?

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Hello. I know this has been covered elsewhere before and before coming here to ask this question, I scoured Google and multiple forums and threads and I can't seem to get a straight answer. I have two PCs, one is running Windows 7 Professional x64 and the other one is running Windows 7 Professional 32bit. On the 64 bit machine, when I am in Windows Explorer, if I hold down the Ctrl key and click on a folder in the left navigation pane, it opens that folder in a new window. This is behaviour similar to right clicking on the folder and selecting
"Open in New Window" but I like the keyboard shortcut and that's my habit. As far as I can remember, this is the way it has always worked on this particular computer and although I do have Classic Shell installed that is only to get back the Up button that I liked from Windows XP. I don't think I modified the registry and I don't have AutoHotKey installed. My mystery is that no matter what I do (Folder Options, registry etc) I cannot seem to replicate this behaviour on the other computer which is running the same operating system in 32 bit mode. It's odd because sometimes on computers running Windows 7 at work I will try to do the same thing and it won't work and I would just think, that's odd, perhaps there is a setting somewhere. And now it doesn't work on one of my own computers and I can't see what the difference is in the settings between the two computers.

I saw that someone had asked this question in the past and the ... Read more

A:Ctrl+Click to open folder in new window in Windows Explorer

Well, I guess I had answered my own question above! Sorry for wasting anyone's time that did bother to read but apparently that Ctrl+Click is a feature of Classic Shell, just not one that is obvious among the settings. I installed Classic Shell on the other PC and bingo, it worked like I wanted. Mystery solved. I guess for others looking for the same functionality, Classic Shell is the way to go.

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Hi , my problem is that this new pc , that i got for 2 days , y50-70 , boots so slowly. It is literally 65 seconds. And i have no idea why..... Cant i enable somewhere some fast boot setting ? please help , this performance is terrible...

A:Windows 8.1 takes 65 seconds to boot on Lenovo y50-70

Might be worth your while to check what programmes are in Startup.
Open "Task Manager".....click on "Startup".....then disable any that you don't need for starting the computer.

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Hello all,

Can someone help me figure out a problem my Windows 7 has while loading user credentials thumbnail? Lately it has been taking good 20 to 30 seconds right after the Please Wait screen to load all user credentials thumbnails! And even if after clicking a thumbnail, it takes about 5+ seconds to display password box. I have tried googling this issue but so far no luck.

Any suggestion or advice will be greatly appreciated.


A:Windows 7 takes 20 to 30 seconds after Please Wait screen

this problem may be cos you have a lot of startup programs turned on, also unnesecary services etc...

press start and type msconig and press enter.
select startup tab and click disable all button or manulay uncheck items.
now select services tab and check hide all microsoft services checkbox then click disable all button.
select boot tab and type number 3 into Timeout box and press OK

press start and type disk cleanup and enter.
when disk cleanup tool analyzes your drive check all the checkboxes and
clean up you C: partion (where windows is installed) using this tool.

goto C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\Temp (change Admin with your username)
empty whole temp folder by selecting all files and folder and delete them.

finaly empty your recycle bin and restart computer.
see what changes you've achived and post the results.

also you may full scan your comp with Antivirs and defrag HD using defragmenter(start>defrag>enter)

after all these steps your may update windows and restart again.


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I am running Windows XP pro and when my laptop bots up it displays the background image but the icons do not come up until 30 seconds later. Removing the background image keeps this from happening but the machine has plenty of memory so I am wondering: Is it simply the background image or is this a sign that something else could be wrong? Thanks!

A:Windows takes 30 seconds to display icons...

Run the scan...post hjt log. Let us see...

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I was trying to figure out how to open and edit a dosbox.conf file, ive worked it out now, use notepad.

But in the process of figuring it out, i changed the properties of all my .conf files to open with dosbox.

I want to set it so nothing is selected as the default opening device.
But i dont get that option in properties, it will only allows me to swap opening the device, not delete it.


A:cant change the properties of a file to 'open with' nothing

I am not sure if there is a simple UI for that, but you can easily do this directly in the registry.

Open regedit, open the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT key (click on it in the left pane) and scroll down to find the conf entry in the left pane, right-click on it, and delete. After you restart the machine, the file association will be gone.

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So whenever I click File Explorer on the taskbar or in the start menu, Windows Explorer crashes and I need to go into task manager and restart it. But if I click a folder on my desktop it doesn't crash?

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I've been experiencing a problem with my computer for some weeks now.

1. When I open an IE window, it opens up quite fast, but it takes 10-20 sec's, sometimes more, before the page starts loading. This is the case regardless of the page and it happens every time a new window opens. Once open, there is nothing wrong with the internet speed...

2. Even computer folders like My Computer, My Documents, My pictures take a long time to open. Here it's a bit different though. I click and then up to 20 seconds pass before folder opens. However, once it opens it opens very fast.

3. It seems that something is using an extraordinary amount of memory on my computer. Even with the computer "idle" I sometimes register up to 1gb of allocated memory. I find nothing unusual using different antivirus, spyware removal prog's, etc

Can anything be done to resolve these problems?

A:internet explorer - takes time to open

Hello and welcome to TSF

What re your computer specs?

and what are all your security programs?

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Every explorer (verion 6.0) takes about 10 mins to open. In addition toolbar has changed
pop-up blocker option is missing in tools menu
don't have following keys in Registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Restrictions
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Restrictions

Norton Antivirus Scan did not find any virus

A:Every explorer (verion 6.0) takes about 10 mins to open

Try doing a scan with AdAware and/or Spybot. You probably have some sort of malware.

Use Firefox if you want avoid malware because there are security holes in IE6 that'll let malicious software install without you even knowing it.

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Stuck with this fresh issue from few days now, reading many topics, trying many things without success.

Getting new Dell Latitude E5470 - Intel Core i5 6300U - 8 GB RAM - HDD : Samsung SSD PM 871 M.2 2280 256GB
Latests drivers+BIOS+FW from dell/intel websites

Deploying universal corporate wim image Win7 Enterprise.

On such laptop the "Starting Windows" step stands exactly for 60 seconds. So getting the logon screen after 70-80 seconds.
Deploying the same image on workstation : Optiplex 3040 the same operation takes 30-40 seconds (8GB RAM - SSD).

Here are most of the information/tries :

BIOS : Legacy Boot ModeBIOS SATA : AHCI ModeWindows Performance Analyzer show me that the smss.exe process takes 65seconds
> here is the BootCKCL.etl.zip file : https://goo.gl/PvdXeg
> here is my detailed Windows Perf Analyzer : 300MB zip/3GB unzipped : https://goo.gl/XHD4FN
Event-Log Diagnostics-Performance - Event 100 gives me
BootSmssInitTime : 65552 (ms)boot in safe mode is very quick (30 sec)boot in normal mode, disabling the non-Microsoft services, disabling Startup application still spend 60sec on "Starting Windows" step.SSD trim is enabledfsutil : C: not set as dirtyresizing pagefile.sys from auto (8GB) to static 2GBdisabling hybernation mode (powercfg -h off)disabling system protection / shadow copy stuffremoving hidden non used devicesremoving+clearing McAfee VSE (soft+agent)performing CCleaner (registry+file... Read more

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I have serious problem and I'm not sure if this is due to a faulty/dying hard disk but it never happened before. The problem is that every file I attempt to open let it be .mp3, .wmv, .avi, .txt, it will take approximately 1 minute to open! What a pain!!! And also my anti-virus seems to keep blocking a program: aaga.config is consistently blocked by my firewall so I'm not sure if this is causing the problem. It is impossible for me to do any work on this computer. I will appreciate any help. Many thanks!!!

My hijack this log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 19:44:37, on 26/03/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\StarWind\StarWindService.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_04\bin\jusc... Read more

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I have a pen4 computer with 1 GB of memory and lots of free space on the hard drive. when I click or try to open explorer or Firefox, it just sets there for sometimes 4 or 5 minutes and then it opens. I have a cable modem with other computer on it and none of them have problems.

When I click on the Icon, the hour glass comes up for a few seconds and then goes away, there does not seem to be any activity on the HD and then it all opens and works fine until it is closed again...

Any Ideas what is wrong?


A:Solved: firefox or explorer takes forever to open

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Im a intermediate when i comes down to computers.

When I turn on my PC, i click to open a new IE page...however this takes up to 2 minutes to open. However, once the page is open, the internet works normally; up until i click on a link which requires the opening of a new IE web page. The pc seems fine, and I cant seem to get my head around it.

I have spy sweeper which detects no adware or spyware and I have ran various spyware checks, everything is clean.

Is this a virus? any tips or experiences??



A:Internet Explorer takes ages to open. Helpp

do disk cleanup and defrag.

online av checks aren't as good as having av installed on the computer.

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