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Solved: Open(double clicking) My Computer Opens Searching "Flashlight" Icon

Q: Solved: Open(double clicking) My Computer Opens Searching "Flashlight" Icon

Hello all,

I have a problem with my Windows XP, and the problem is like the title says, Why when I Open(double clicking) My Computer icon on desktop, it displays searching "Flashlight" icon rather than browsing or showing my folders and drives?

Do you guys know how to fix it?


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A: Solved: Open(double clicking) My Computer Opens Searching "Flashlight" Icon

Just googling and found the solution. It's because a Windows service called Windows Image Acquisition (WIA), the solution is by stop and then disable this service from control panel --> administrative tools --> services.

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I'm an XP user and I need help desperately. I have a Dell notebook and of late, every time I open "My Computer" and double-click on the C drive or the D drive, the "Open With...." dialogue window opens up. So now if I want to get into my hard drives, I have to right click and choose "Open" or "Explore". This is getting very frustrating and I'm not that qualified to go around tweaking registry items. So can anyone help me out with this? I understand that some people have had a similar problem - the "Search" window opens up when double-clicking the drive icons. By the way, out of desperation, I used the "Fix Folder open.vbs" file and it still didn't work. Any advice will be highly appreciated. Many thanks.

A:Help! Double clicking C/D drive opens "Open With.." dialogue

Hello and Welcome to TSF

See if this helps

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I double-click and get "search" instead of "open"--only when I click a disk, like Hard Drive C: or Floppy A: or CD F: and so on.

It didn't used to do this, so I must've inadvertently changed some setting somewhere, but darned if I can find it now.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: On the "my computer" list, I double-click on disks and get "search" instead of "open"

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For some time now, double clicking on a folder no longer opens it as usual. Instead, double clicking on a folder causes a separate Explorer Search window to open, with that folder's name under the "search in" tab. In fact, when i right click on a folder, the first and bold-faced option is "search", as opposed to "open". So to open any folder I have to right click it and hit open, which is slow and annoying. I cleaned out my registry, spyware, viruses, everything, and still this problem persists. I also checked the Mouse control panel, nothing there.

Anyone know what's going on with my computer?

A:Help! Double-clicking on folders prompts "search", not "open"


Open "My Documents", go into Tools>Folder Options and under General>Browse Folders choose Open each folder in the same window. Save that and then goto View>Explorer Bar> and click Folders.

See if its better now.

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This isn't for me, I have to confess. It's got me stumped, though.

I quote:

"I somehow added some new options to the right-click menu when clicking on hard drives so now when I double click to open a directory, it opens "find" window. Any help on how to solve this?

I tried on a window tools -> directory options -> file types -> Drive -> advanced but I can not remove or edit those action on the list. I can only add or make default but those two don't help."

I don't even have a "Drive" option, so I'm totally nonplussed.

XP Pro, SP2 with all updates.
Any ideas, please?

A:double-clicking on a directory opens "Find"??

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My OS is Windows Vista 32 bit Home Premium.

Recently, via Windows updates, I accidentally DLed IE 9. After realizing the error, I went to Programs and Uninstalled IE 9. and now a back to IE 8.

Now, whenever I click on a Desktop shortcut icon to open any of the programs I ordinarily use, instead of the program opening, I get a screen that says: Open With, and then there follows a brief list of programs I have recently used.

This is driving me crazy!!! How do I get rid of the problem, and go back to opening programs in the usual manner [simply double clicking on the icon]?????

Thanks so much if you can help with this. This is so frustrating, and I will go completely mad if I can't get this fixed!


A:[SOLVED] "Open With" screen opens when I click on a desktop shortcut icon????

I had this aswell, my file association list was messed up and so i ended up having the hardest time of my life, the simple answer to this is a file association changing reg.edit file which i ll start work on for you unless some1 else can get it done faster
so dont worry also it may be possible that most of your program's standard openers have been forgotten so next time it says open with then you should choose browse, or set the real program as default

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Hello All,

I have spent a good amount of time searchin the net, and these forums for an answer to my issue. When I click on "my computer" or go to save/open a file from a program, the computer hangs and I get the flashlight icon for quite a while. I would estimate this to be around two minutes before I can see anything. Microsoft has a support answer for this (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;819017) but it did not fix my issue.

My computer is starting to show its age, since I built it nearly three years ago, but it is still a good machine, and there is no reason for this to be happening that I can see. Here are the machine specs that maybe useful, as well as the HJT log file:

Pentium 4 2.4G (533FSB)
1G DDR 400
120G HD (in two 60G partitions)

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:42:10 PM, on 11/18/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Motherboard Monitor 5\MBM5.EXE
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point... Read more

A:"My Computer" hanging (flashlight icon)

oh, qwik notes...

1.) I have a M$ intellipoint mouse, and need to have some custom button mapped, so whatever process that uses I need to keep. (I have seen a few posts saying to get rid of this if you dont use it).

2.) my CPU usage does not spike up when this flashlight issue is happening. It seems to stay around 3% or so while it is searching. I dont hear the hard drive going crazy or anything else either.

3.) When I go to device manager, its blank. It simply never shows any devices at all. I even tryed having it show hidden devices to no avail.

4.) When a do a Run-->CMD I get a 16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem error: "C:/windows/system32/cmd.com The NTVDM has encounters an illegal instractuon. CS:0555 IP:ffe4 OP:fe ff 1d 09 e9 Chose 'Close' to terminate the application". The CMD window is all jibberish behind this message.

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Hey all,

I initially posted this, which explains my problem:

Originally Posted by dissembly

I am running Windows XP on a laptop computer (X86-based PC), version 5.1.2600 ("Service Pack 2 Build 2600").

I have two hard discs, both around 100GB size.

Whenever i click on a link to one of my hard discs, Windows brings up the "Open With" dialogue box!

It says:

Choose the program you want to use to open this file:
File: D:\

(or C:\)

...and then it has the usual list of programs. (Incidentally, "Windows Explorer" is not one of them... )

*If i click on a link that leads to a file/folder within one of the hard disks, it goes there, all apparently fine.
*If i click on "Folders view" in windows explorer, i can access both hard drives that way. (But only via the Folders tree on the left-hand side of the window - if i try to access them by clicking the regular icon in the window on the right-hand side, it says "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" and i have a heart-attack.)

I have:
*Deleted the shortcut links to C and D drives on my desktop, and then right-clicked on the drives in Folders View of Windows Explorer and recreated the shortcuts. It has no effect - left clicking the newly made shortcuts still brings up the "Open With" box.
*Shut-down and restarted my computer. No effect.

I then discovered that other pe... Read more

A:Clicking on Hard Drives only opens "Open With..." dialogue - do i have a virus?

Just updating:

*I have noted that the address, 5000 apparently relates to "LinkNet", according to a google search. I think thats an IRC server, so i've deleted mIRC from my computer.

*Another address,, 5000 attempted to access my computer last night (13/10) as i was logging into the forums, it was blocked. I've restricted both "" and "" from accessing my computer. I don't know if that made sense to do or not.

*I have run another virus scan, and "Trojan.Packed.NsAnti" hasn't been detected again as of this morning.

So, thats where i am at the moment.

If anybody can help, i'd really appreciate it.

Also, if anyone can help with my original problem, i'd really appreciate that, as well. So far this is the only negative manifestation of the virus/trojan (assuming it was a virus/trojan). I'd really like to fix it.

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Hi All,

Every time I double click on any Hard disk drive in "My Computer"
The error message is attached.

If I right click on C: and select Explore, it works fine. Also if I directly run "C:" or any other drive from Start -> Run, or give the path in the address bar in "My Computer", that works fine.

I am using Windows XP Home Edition, SP3

Another error associated with IE started the same time this problem occurred. I am not sure if thats related to this, but I have posted the details of the same in the Internet Explorer Forum.


Thank you.

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For some unknown reason, when I double click on an icon on the desktop, to open Opera browser for example, the little hourglass shows for about 10 seconds, disappears and nothing happens. If you right click on the icon, click "open", same thing. It's the same problem if I try to access something inside the control panel. It will eventually open the link, but it takes a long, long time to do so (approximately 2 min.) Any suggestions on how to correct this?

A:Solved: "Double Clicking" no longer works

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Hello, Im not sure what I have done but this problem seemed to happen literally overnight

As usual I went to double click on my "MY Computer" icon and then went to double click "Local Disk C:" and for some reason "Paint Shop Pro" popped up. I deleted "Paint shop pro" as I dont use it anyway so following that I went back to double click "C:" and this time "Search" popped up (The search that you access from the "Start" menu on your computer to look up files and folders). hmmmm ...

Ive noticed that if I right click on the "C:" icon it brings up the menu (reading from the top)
"Search, Open, Explore" instead of "Open" being at the top of the menu like my other computers. So if I want to access "C:" I have to right click on the icon and choose "open" to get in there, instead of just double clicking it like usual.

Sorry if this sounds confusing. It's never happened before and Im not sure how to rectify it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

A:Solved: Cannot access "C:" when double clicking

Try this: go to Start > run, and enter:

regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

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I don't know if this is a virus or what....
i can't open the c:folder in my computer by double clicking, only i can open it if i right click
this is a copy of the hijack logfile

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 1:42:01 PM, on 30/04/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Bell\Security Manager\Fws.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TouchPad\TPTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\E-KEY\CeEKey.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Zooming Utility\SmoothView.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Tvs\TvsTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Controls\TFncKy.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apntex.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\bin\ZCfgSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
C:\Pr... Read more

A:Hi There!i Can't Open C:"folder By Double Clicking...

File, Drive, and Folder Open Fix

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in a computer at work i have this problem, when i double click on the C: drive or D: in My Computer it doesn't open but the Open With Tab opens, so thats usually shows that there is some kind of virus or spyware on the PC, so i ran all kinds of Antivirus and Antispyware on the PC and lot of the ones listed here and they cleaned a lot of virus ... but the problem persists when i right click on one of the drives it and press on OPEN or EXPLORE or SEARCH or anything it gives the same result (the Open With tabs Opens).
is hould note here that i can access the drives normally from the Start > run > C: and the information on them is intact.

i read somewhere on the net that i should a value in the registry but that also didn't work.

Any help??

i don't want to format HD.

A:Double Clicking On C: Or D: Opens The Open With Tab.

From what you describe, it appears to be a flash drive infection. Symptoms include the inability to open drives/partitions.Flash drive infections usually involve malware that loads an autorun.inf file into the root folder of all drives (internal, external, removable). When the removable media is inserted, autorun looks for autorun.inf and automatically executes a malicious autorun.bat file which calls wscript.exe to run autorun.vbs on your computer. When a flash drive becomes infected, the Trojan will infect a system when the removable media is inserted if autorun has not been disabled.Please insert your flash drive before we begin!Download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.Reboot your computer when done.Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that is plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection.Then perform at least one of these online Virus scans:(The following require Internet Explorer to work. Watch the Address bar in IE. You may receive alerts that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click her... Read more

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Dear Analyst, when I tried to open my E (Local Hard Disk) drive, it will list down all programs and required me to choose which program to open it.

Thanks for helping!

Deckard's System Scanner v20070905.67
Run by westley on 2007-09-22 22:26:02
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
63: 2007-09-22 14:26:11 UTC - RP214 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
62: 2007-09-22 1331 UTC - RP213 - Restore Operation
61: 2007-09-22 13:01:21 UTC - RP212 - Restore Operation
60: 2007-09-22 12:58:48 UTC - RP211 - Restore Operation
59: 2007-09-22 12:43:12 UTC - RP210 - Printer Driver Microsoft Office Document Image Writer Installed

-- First Restore Point --
1: 2007-06-25 11:29:40 UTC - RP152 - System Checkpoint

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

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

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:27:52 PM, on 9/22/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\sy... Read more

A:Double left click E: Select "Open with", not "Open"


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For years, right up until about one week ago, whenever I double-clicked on a PGP8 encrypted ".sda.exe" file, be it tiny or immense, I always had the passphrase type-in plate appear on the screen instantly.

Starting that one week ago, on all drives, when I double-clicked one of these ".sda.exe" encrypted archive files, I was presented with ridiculous delays between 1 and 3 minutes before the type-in plate for my passphrase appeared on the screen. During this delay, my machine slows, severely, almost to a halt and the drive can be heard during all of that waiting time.

* I've reformatted C:\ and reinstalled XP Professional in an effort to start fresh and maybe remove the problem - it has made NO difference. That's the part that scared me the most.

* I've tried earlier versions of PGP, after fully uninstalling PGP8. No difference.

* I've used every piece of spyware, virus and adware removal I can download and that has made no difference to this problem.

* I've used "MSConfig" to eliminate everything but the PGP software, itself, and there was no difference then, either.

This delay is really worrying me.

BUT.....I noticed, earlier, that, if I start up in SAFE MODE, and double-click ANY of the PGP8 encrypted archive (".sda.exe") files, huge or tiny, the type-in plate for my passphrase appears ABSOLUTELY INSTANEOUSLY, just like they used to! It was so nice to see the type-in plate appear quickly, ag... Read more

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In Windows 7, whenever I try to select "Open file location" from the right click menu of a shortcut, instead of opening the folder in explorer, it opens a command prompt window with the directory set to file location instead. The same thing happens when I select "Show in Windows Explorer" in iTunes.

How do I fix this?

A:[Solved]"Open file location" opens command prompt instead

Hi, sorry for the delay, we down unders are having problems accessing the site. Both Vista and seven have the option to "open command prompt here" it looks like this has been associated with the context menu "open file location" very unusual. I wonder if Bonjour has anything to do with this (comes with I Tunes) you might prevent it from startup (not needed) under Msconfig uncheck it... is known as Responder has some letters before it like Mdns Responder.exe (or similar thats the one).

I would like to see the contents of this registry key (perfectly safe for you to do) open a Command prompt as administrator (start ,all programs, accessories right click command prompt select "run as administrator" at the prompt type:-

regedit /e C:\Note.txt "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell" & start notepad C:\note.txt
Press enter.

Copy the notepad contents here.

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I'm not positive exactly what I did, but I can no longer open locations through "Open file location" or "Find location" dialogs. To clarify, there are no errors or notifications of any kind, just a momentary busy curson and then nothing.

If I use the searchbar in explorer to do a search, right click on a file and choose "Open file location", explorer jumps to that location without any trouble, but I cannot open download locations in Firefox, or any other related application. I believe the problem may be related to my changing the target of explorer from "libraries" to "My Computer" using the following instructions from http://www.thewindowsplanet.com/1162/stop-explorer-showing-libraries-launched-taskbar.htm:

To change it to open to “My Computer”, change the shortcut to:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

I reverted the shortcut back to %Systemroot%\explorer.exe after noticing problems (and it now opens the libraries again), but now I cannot open directories.

I have also tried all the instructions from:
Please help.

A:Solved: "open file location" no longer opens explorer HELP

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AVG recently detected and fixed a malware problem, but now whenever I try to open something, I get an "Open with" box that says "Choose the program you want to use to open this file". This happens with everything I try to open. Firefox, AVG, explorer.exe, etc.
I have no idea how to go about fixing this, so any help is greatly appriciated.

Not sure if it's needed for this problem, but here's the system info.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4400 @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4095 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 310M, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 119234 MB, Free - 12224 MB; D: Total - 342703 MB, Free - 280155 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. , K50IE , 1.0 , BSN12345678901234567
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" box opens with every p

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Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Amit on 2008-01-05 20:50:45
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.

-- Last 3 Restore Point(s) --
3: 2008-01-06 01:50:55 UTC - RP68 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
2: 2008-01-05 06:21:55 UTC - RP67 - Removed Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom
1: 2007-12-18 21:22:18 UTC - RP66 - Unsigned driver install

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

Total Physical Memory: 503 MiB (512 MiB recommended).

-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------

Emulating logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2008-01-05 20:53:10
Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKEEPER.exe
C:\Program Files\WID... Read more

A:Double clicking on C drive gives prompt "C:\ cannot be run in win 32 mode"

Hi, sorry for the delay.

If you still need assistance, please post a fresh main.txt log

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Hi, from today it seems my mouse is occasionally double-clicking if I click something. It is really annoying like if I want to close a browser tab and a few other tabs are being closed as well.

Yesterday I used AutoHotKey for the first time and I have a suspicion that it changed some setting somewhere. The program is not running any more (no tray icon visible) and I have rebooted since I used it.

Can anybody suggest where I could look to solve this problem?
PS: Hope its the right group, I was very unsure which was the best to post in.

A:Mouse occasionally "double-clicking"

There is usually a setting in the mouse properties to control the double click speed.

You can check:
Start > Control Panel > (upper right) View By: Small Icons > Select Mouse
Use the double click slider to adjust the speed.

Or you may have to open the Autohotkey program and make the double click speed adjustment from settings in there.

Or you may need to uninstall the program and do a system restore to a time before you installed it.

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I was directed here from google, with my fault. I clicked the link to find the correct solution but the exe file fix is for vista, further down the page the XP fix is listed but it takes you to a 404 gateway error page.


I have just removed 48 viruses from a friends mini inspiron 10 netbook. Now everytime you open a file or programme it asks which file to open it with.

Does anyone have the XP fix listed on the thread above.

Many thanks

A:Solved: The "Open With" box opens for every Program

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I recently removed some very damaging malware that was that new rouge virus called "Vista anti virus pro" and now im getting this nagging problem were everything i double click on which includes Utorrent, Firefox, AVG all go to the "Open with" box, i tired to run and they are all exe and there is no problem with the hardrive cause pictures and documents open up fine.

I also noticed that itunes wont open up but on itunes it says "This file oes not have a program assoiciated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the set associations control panel.

Sometimes it also says that my Rundll32.exe is missing ?

I would have no problems rebooting the whole computer and lose everything for the cost of everything restarting but i have no system restore CD and nothing else works.

Its good to note that i can open the programs still but i haft to right click on them and click start or run as administrator.

Thanks in advance

A:Solved: The "Open With" box opens for every Program

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When I try to open the "My Computer" icon, it takes about 3 minutes for the searchlight to return the list of drives and the shared documents and username documents folders. Have tried just about every anti-virus program and spyware program and defragged hd with Diskkeeper and nothing shows up but the three minute wait.

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My Dell Latitude D600 Laptop with XP generally works well, except, when I try to access my drives by clicking on the "My Computer" icon. When I do this, it takes takes 2 to 3 minutes before I see the drives! A flashlight shows up during the wait. Does anyone have any idea what is going on? "My Documents" will open fast, but if I click on the address line at the top where it says "My Documents" and try to drop down the list of folders and drives...I get the same long wait. Any help would be appreciated. I tried one of the Registry mechanic type of programs, but I'm afraid I got sucked in to spending $29 for nothing.

Thanks! John

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I cannot remove external USB drives using the "Safely remove" icon,

this error message appears:

Saying the device cannot be removed because of an "unknown error". This message declares an (cannot be stopped because of an) "unknown error", it does not state that there are processes accessing the drive.

I never can find processes accessing that drive.

All of my HDDs cannot be safely removed, WD MyBook, WD Elements, CnMemory, etc.

I have tried this without success: ://knowledge.seagate.com/articl...S&key=ka030000000tiGyAAI&kb=n&wwwlocale=en-us:

Step 2 does not seem to work, I have set the bin to "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin", respectively "remove files instantly", but it does not help:

Properties of the recycle bin:
Step 5: In Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000, please follow these directions:

Right-click on (My) Computer.
Select Manage.
Select Device Manager.
Open Disk Drives.
Double-click on the hard drive's model number.
Go to the Policies tab.
Check whether the drive is set to Optimize for Quick Removal.

If so, the hard drive does not need to be Safely Removed manually from the system.
Click to expand...I have left the default settings for all of my drives, "Optimize for Quick Removal" (properties of Seagete Expansion):

Does this also apply to Win 10? And is it really correct? I have learned a drive / hdd must not be removed under any circumstances with... Read more

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I'm using Windows Vista updated within the past 4-5 days.

A couple of days ago AVGFree stopped a virus (it indicated the name was not known) from downloading to my computer. It moved it to the vault and strongly recommended I reboot to remove all traces of the virus. I did so but experienced a problem on the reboot. When the desktop appeared everything was placed where it was supposed to be with some exceptions.

1. The sidebar and all gadgets did not appear.
2. Not all of the icons in the task bar appeared.
3. When clicking on any icons a window opens and asks 'Open with'

I was able to run a virus scan with only two trojans appearing in the sun\java folder (fakeAV). Both files were removed by AVGFree. I rebooted and the same happens.

I tried running System Restore a couple of times and received a message that there were no restore points. On the 4th or 5th attempt there was a restore point, I used it with no difference.

I also tried using the Startup Repair utility with no problems showing.
Could it be possible that when AVGFree removed the virus it also removed some important files that Windows needs to finish the startup process? Or is there something more insidious going on?

Any help would be appreciated.

A:'Open With' option opens when clicking any program icon

Hello. that may be the case. First run SFC for issues 1 and 2Please run SFC (System File Checker) Please run System File Checker sfc /scannow... For more information on this tool see How To Use Sfc.exe To Repair System FilesNOTE for Vista/WIN 7 users..The command needs to be run from an Elevated Command Prompt.Click Start, type cmd into the Start/Search box,right-click cmd.exe in the list above and select 'Run as Administrator'You will need your operating system CD handy.Open Windows Task Manager....by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESCThen click File.. then New Task(Run)In the box that opens type sfc /scannow ......There is a space between c and /Click OKLet it run and insert the CD when asked.For Item 3Go to File association fixes for Windows VistaClick the exe boxInstructions:To fix the association for a particular file type, download the corresponding fix from the above links table (Use Right-click - Save as option in your browser to download the fixes). Unzip the fix and extract the .REG file to the Desktop. Right-click the REG file and choose Merge. Note that you need to be an administrator to apply these fixes.Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such p... Read more

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Whenever i click on a drive icon whether it be a hard disk or DVd drive rather than opening up the contents of that drive windows opens the search window. Whats going wrong?

A:Double clicking on Hard Disk icon open search window...

Click start > run > type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll and click ok.

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Windows 7 Pro and IE 11 using certain websites  (Ford's FMCDealer site)
Able to login to the main site:  FMC dealer . com  then when there on right side are hyperlink "buttons" and one is HVBOM (bill of materials) and the URL field dies not load the URL but APPENDS the existing URL so the previous page URL
is there AND the HVBOM URL is added to the URL field.
Why is IE 11 conjoining both URLS ?
If I use Chrome it works (the hyperlink URL loads only )

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I thought I was computer savvy until this problem came up. When I double click my computer, recycle bin, control panel, etc, the hourglass comes up for a few seconds, goes off, and nothing else. No error messages or anything, just nothing. I have viewed a few of the threads covering this and a common link was the hijack this result. I have posted that here, and really hope that someone can help me with this. I have run SpyBotSD and adaware, I have run mutiple virus scans, I did an SFC, and the final thing was to repair windows using the original disk, none of which has help. I am running Window XP w/SP2. Any other suggestions would be certainly appreciated. Hope to here from someone soon. MTCS, out.

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Toolbox2.0\Apache Tomcat 4.0\webapps\Toolbox\StatusClient\StatusCl... Read more

A:I cannot open "my computer" "control panel" "recycle bin", etc...

You may want to reinstall the operating system.

Backupthe files that are importantto you before you reinstall.

The "New" installation will overwrite the current one

If you do not format your hard drive before the reinstall the installation should not harm your files (That's why I suggest backingup your files) and will speed up the installation process.

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Ok, so basically, whenever I turn the computer on, 3 error messages appear:

- A virtual driver failed to inicialize DLL. Chose close to end the program. H:/Windows/system32/code/pRee.exe

- A virtual driver failed to inicialize DLL. Chose close to end the program. H:/Windows/system32/code/pRee1.exe

- Error loading H:/Archiv~/GBPLUG~/gbiehcef.dll. Couldn't find specific module.

(sorry if some terms are incorrect, my computer is in Spanish, to I tried to translate as best as possible)

Please help me solve this terrible problem, it is really getting me on my nerves! (oh, and if this helps, I've recently donwloaded this so called "Limewire acceleration", and whenever I ran the setup, it didn't work. I don't really remember the name of the website I downloaded it from, sorry...)

A:Can't Open "My Documents", "Trash" or other files in "My Computer"!?

Hi and Welcome to the forum

I am almost certain that you have malware problems. Most like caused by you doing file sharing/ P2P - Limewire.

Suggest that you go here and follow the directions:


Please be advised that the malware people are very busy and it could take a couple days to assist you.


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Hey, since few days i have a problem regarding internet browsing . if i click a link or open a page there are like 80% chances that a unknown and unauthorised search engine to redirect me to a specific kind of pages with games online or search sites etc. i scanned with my avast home edition antivirus and get a result regarding some trojans. i choose the option to delete them. then i scanned with superantispyware who found something like SYAURISC.DLL Trojan.Agent/Gen-JeJe .

After online scanners with bitdefender and eset. and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware . and 0 viruses on all reports, i STILL have the same problem..

Today I also experienced 2 bluescreen events .

I use windows 7 ultimate [evaluation copy] , here is the result from DDS.txt file, and i attached ark.txt and Attach.txt so you may take a look.

DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by filip at 18:25:50.15 on 24/01/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7100.0
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7100.0.1252.44.1033.18.2038.1104 [GMT 0:00]

SP: SUPERAntiSpyware *enabled* (Updated) {222A897C-5018-402e-943F-7E7AC8560DA7}

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

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
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Hi Guys,

I have Firefox pinned to my taskbar, but when I run the program, it opens up another icon in the taskbar to indicate that it's running. The other browser I use does not do that. In fact, I do not remember Firefox doing that previously. It will just "underscores" the pinned icon on the taskbar to indicate that the program is running.

How do I stop Firefox from opening another icon when it runs? Please see image below:


A:Program shortcut opens another "running" icon in taskbar

Right Click on the Taskbar and select Properties. In the option for taskbar buttons make sure the setting is to always combine.

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My Email client, MSN Premium (not Hotmail) will not open to write an email when clicking on any website's button labeled "send us an email". Instead this action causes several instances (up to 5) of IE6 to invoke and then the Op Sys (WinME) hangs until I use Ctrl-Alt-Del to end the erroneously opened IE tasks. I thought maybe it was that MSN mail was not my default email client so I used the proceedure to make MSN mail my default instead of OE6 but each time I returned to the options to see if it had changed it still says my default client is OE. Interestingly, if I envoke the MSN explorer and go to my MSN email inbox I can send and receive my email perfectly. This machine has been up and running since last October. I do not know if the problem has always existed or started more recently since I don't often click on "send us email" buttons.
I have three other machines similarly set up and none of them exhibit this problem.
WinMe, MSN Premium, and MSN messenger 6 all are up to date and current.
McAfee AV is on and up to date.
CounterSpy and Spybot are up to date and actively running.
Firefox 1.0.2 is my default browser

A:Solved: Clicking "send us an email" hangs system and will not open my email client.

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Over the course of the last week, I have realized that when I am on youtube and I go to watch a video, sometimes a "Offer" tab will open in another tab on chrome. I have looked around at how to get rid of this but to no avail. Secondly, just today, I have realized that when I go on google chrome and search for something, a "Enhanced Results" section will be displayed just below the search bar and to be blunt, both of these are plain annoying and I would like to have these viruses removed.

A:"Enhanced Results" window when searching & tabs open randomly on google chrome

In addition to these, there is green highlighted text that whenever I mouse over, I get "Ads by Bettersurf". There never was any highlighted text on my computer before. Also if I click on the text, it takes me into a new tab.

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I'm working on a laptop for someone and I can't say I've ever seen this before. The default action for double clicking any folder on the computer is to open Search. If I right click on a folder, the bold (and thus default) option is search and the "open" option is a secondary one, but does open the folder when selected. I can't imagine how it got like this and resetting the defaults on every option in the Folder Options area didn't fix it. Anyone know how to fix this very odd problem?

A:[SOLVED] double clicking a folder opens search

okay, quick update. This was most likely caused by the virus that was on it first of all. Secondly, I pinned it down. If I open folder options and go to File Types and find "folder" the default action is Open and Explore is another option. If I click advanced on "file folder" the only action in the list is "find" and that's it. If I hit new to add another action, it wants an application to open it with so I'm not sure how to regenerate the original "open" option.

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Ok, so im new here so hey everybody..

to the point: my laptop is "stuttering"/lagging/skipping.
whatever you wanna call it its doing it.
my video/music/and cursor skip every second for a splt second it starts on start-up and dont stop til i turn my laptop off. it happens in a pattern its not random, ive done checked my drivers, spyware, and m RAM is good.. so can someone please help me? ***could it be because my battery wont hold a charger? so it has to be hooked up to the charger at ALL times or it dies Example: is the charger not got the "juice" to run the laptop by itself so it studders/skips..*** i dont know if this has anything to do with my problem but i ran "event viewer" and found this : The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:


OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39723 MB, Free - 23484 MB; D: Total - 12684 MB, Free - 3633 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FF049, , .HWPLLB1.CN1296167S5169.
Antivirus: McAfee VirusScan, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disable

A:Solved: Whole computer "studders"/"skips"/"lags" .. have event viewer report (PLEASE

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Whenever I open up "My Computer", I get stuck on a screen that has just the flashlight looking for files.

Whenever I use a drop down menu in programs such as My Documents and even things like MS Word, the comp freezes up. It's as if the directory isn't being listed cos something is stopping it from doing so.

Just an update.
My Compute eventually shows up, after about two or three minutes. It's a pain.

THe computer is brand new. Ocasionally, the left bar, with "Similiar Places" "Details and other things similiar appears, then disappears, and the comp searches again.

Attached is an example of the drives not showing up...
I was lucky the thing didn't freeze after opening the drop down..

Attached an image of the prob.

A:"My Computer" stuck on "Searching"


Originally Posted by CrimsonWesker

Whenever I open up "My Computer", I get stuck on a screen that has just the flashlight looking for files.

Whenever I use a drop down menu in programs such as My Documents and even things like MS Word, the comp freezes up. It's as if the directory isn't being listed cos something is stopping it from doing so.

Just an update.
My Compute eventually shows up, after about two or three minutes. It's a pain.

THe computer is brand new. Ocasionally, the left bar, with "Similiar Places" "Details and other things similiar appears, then disappears, and the comp searches again.

Attached is an example of the drives not showing up...
I was lucky the thing didn't freeze after opening the drop down..

Attached an image of the prob.

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Recently my explorer changed the way i click on folders from double click to open to single to open (same as internet links), i tried to change it back, but unsucessfuly by using the folder option:
1. Change option
2. Change option, back to single click and back to double click
3. Reset defaults
4. Reset defaults in all tabs in Folder Options.

This is driving me nuts, I've been double clicking forever.
Any suggestions?


A:Folder option "Double click to open" not resetting

Is this what you did?

Or try Option Two here: Single-Click or Double-Click to Open an Item

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I was fiddling around with the folder options > file types a little bit to assign mp3s to winamp and WMP and so on...

I also checked out the file type "drive" and made no changes and clicked OK. Since then, whenever I double click the C drive or D drive, it opens a command window instead of opening the drive. I can right click on it and click Open in the menu though. But why should I have to do that? What has been changed? No, no virus. It only started doing this after I did the above. I anyway scanned the machine using SAV corporate version, nothing found.

I went back in and saw there are only two actions in the advanced section - 'find' and 'open command window here'. None is set as default, but apparently it's executing the 'open command window here' action on double click.

I thought of adding an "Open" action like for other file types, but it wants some program and the path to it to execute this action. What program does it use, I don't know.....please help.

A:[SOLVED] Double clicking C drive opens command window

i figured out the solution here it is.


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When i double click on local disk C it opens up search. I think this may be something to do with file types in folder options but im not sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Here is a screenshot of the folder option

A:Solved: Double clicking on local disk C opens search

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I have ASUS Windows 7 x32bit and I have tried everything on the internet, every time that I try to open a .exe file it will open the "open with" dialog box instead. I have already established that I have not got a virus because what happened was I stupidly selected adobe accidentally when it didn't know what to open the file with and I didn't even say to do it always with this type of file but it did it for them all anyway, so I followed advice of uninstalling adobe and that has gotten me to just a blank icon for every single .exe file because it doesn't know what to open the file with and displays the "open with" dialog box.
Please help I need this computer and this Profile.
Thanks in advance,
PS: Keep in mind that I am not very computer savvy either.

A:Every time I open a .exe file it opens the "open with" dialog box

Try running this SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Then posts screen results

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I have searched to see if this was asked before without any success. Maybe someone has run into this problem before.
When I open "my computer" or "control panel" after I close it...it automatically goes into Internet Explorer as a blank page. Most of the time, when I close the IE blank page...it stops responding and I have the control-alt-delete to "end the program"
Thanks in advance for any help.

A:closing "my computer" or "Control Panel" open internet explorer window

Possibly malware - anything openning ie on its own raises an alarm in my books. Post a HJT log to the malware removal section of the forum and let the experts take a look at it

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Every time I try to open a folder, it opens into a search box, with no files in it. How do I change it so that it just opens the folder?

A:My folders open with "Search Box" when I double click

Click start > run > type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll and click ok.

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Hi ... When I double click the hard drive in "My Computer" it shows the search feature instead of the contents of hard drive with the folders. I can right click the drive and select open which at that point it will show all the content in the drive but when I double click the drive the serach feature open , Can someone help in getting this back to normal ? Thanks

A:Double click C drive open the "search"

Have a look at this thread. http://forums.techguy.org/t407035.html

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Wish I had a better title, but I wasn't sure how to word this.

Basically what's happening is I have 2 instances of Firefox (different versions and different folder locations) and one of the instances is not opening where it's icon location is.

Example Screenshot:
As you can see. The far left instance does not want to open where it's icon location is.
The far right version always does it.
Even if I unpin the currently working instance (blue/orange icon) to only house 1 firefox instance (grey/black), the grey/black instance will still not open like the blue/orange instance current does (in it's own icon).
Hopefully this isn't confusing for anyone. I searched for a few terms to see if anyone had this problem and nothing came up, maybe I wasn't wording my searches correctly.

Hopefully someone can give some insights.

A:Firefox "Pin to Taskbar" icon wont open in it's own icon.

right click the taskbar
pick properties
open the Taskbar tab

What is set for Taskbar buttons?
You could try Always combine, hide labels

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OE 6 never used to do this, but now when I click "Create Mail", it opens two mail-writing windows. One opens up on the screen, the other settles down into the tray. This started yesterday. The only even slightly irregular things I've done in the last day are:
1.) Change font style, size, and color back and forth a couple of times, then put it back the way it was;
2.) Copied an unfinished email, pasted it into Word 97 and saved it, then later went back into Word, copied it and pasted it back into a new mail message. (I did it that way because I'm not convinced OE 6 will save it as a draft, I'm afraid it will somehow send it anyway, unfinished and not the way I want it.)

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