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CMDS malware, blocked Windows Update and "Host process stopped working"

Q: CMDS malware, blocked Windows Update and "Host process stopped working"


My Sony VAIO laptop computer is not feeling well.

I have Windows Vista 32 bit, which i have (presumably) upgraded to at least SP1.
As for Service Pack 2, i can not install it due to the problems i am about to describe.

When i first log into Windows, i log in as my only user account (named "Lizard"), which is also my administrator account.

Among the very first messages i get is an error from RunDLL stating that "Error loading C:\Users\Lizard\AppData\Local\Temp\ddcAsqpO.dll".

After closing that alert - everything works just fine for between 2 to 20 minutes.

Then, i get another message that says "Host process for Windows services stopped working and was closed.".
After this error message, my beloved laptop goes through a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde tranformation.
Everything related to Windows Explorer goes in slow motion, if i - for instance, want to save an image i have created - i have to wait for several minutes before the computer unfreezes. That is, if i'm lucky enough to get it back in the first place.
I have tried to get relevant updates for Windows; apart from Service Pack 2 i have also tried to use Windows Update, but i get an error message during the download procedure and then nothing is installed.

The same applies to Spyware Doctor, a program that used to run regular scans of my computer earlier, but now has been paralyzed by something.
Beeing a happy amateur, my investigations have produced very little.

I have, however - come up with the following conclusions:
The error message at start up - "ddcAsqpO.dll" - is related to some sort of evil malware called "CMDS".
To get rid of CMDS require expertise far beyond my humble comprehension.
That's it. Now i'm clueless.
Is there a chance that my problems are related to the CMDS-program?
Maybe i have more baddies in my computer that are ganging up on me?

I have posted a HiJackThis log below, for analysis by someone more initiated than myself.

Thank You very much in advance,
/Stefan B

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:29:15, on 2009-06-14
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony\ISB Utility\ISBMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony\Network Utility\LANUtil.exe
C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Lite\daemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BTTray.exe
C:\Program Files\LivePerson\Expert\LPExpertMessenger.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BtStackServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Power Management\SPMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ieuser.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.club-vaio.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.club-vaio.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = localhost:8118
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
O2 - BHO: ContributeBHO Class - {074C1DC5-9320-4A9A-947D-C042949C6216} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\/Adobe Contribute CS4/contributeieplugin.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: McAntiPhishingBHO - {377C180E-6F0E-4D4C-980F-F45BD3D40CF4} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\msk\mcapbho.dll
O2 - BHO: Windows Live OneCare Family Safety Browser Helper - {4f3ed5cd-0726-42a9-87f5-d13f3d2976ac} - C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Family Safety\fssbho.dll
O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: scriptproxy - {7DB2D5A0-7241-4E79-B68D-6309F01C5231} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\VIRUSS~1\scriptsn.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Conversion Toolbar Helper - {AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\5.1.1309.3572\swg.dll
O2 - BHO: McAfee SiteAdvisor BHO - {B164E929-A1B6-4A06-B104-2CD0E90A88FF} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcieplg.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: SmartSelect - {F4971EE7-DAA0-4053-9964-665D8EE6A077} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O3 - Toolbar: McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar - {0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcieplg.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Adobe PDF - {47833539-D0C5-4125-9FA8-0819E2EAAC93} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Contribute Toolbar - {517BDDE4-E3A7-4570-B21E-2B52B6139FC7} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\/Adobe Contribute CS4/contributeieplugin.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RtHDVCpl] RtHDVCpl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISBMgr.exe] "C:\Program Files\Sony\ISB Utility\ISBMgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IAAnotif] C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\iaanotif.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mcagent_exe] C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe /runkey
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [McENUI] C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MHN\McENUI.exe /hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AML] C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Launcher\AML.exe InitApp
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Corel Photo Downloader] C:\Program Files\Corel\Corel Snapfire\Corel Photo Downloader.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISTray] "C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsTray.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [googletalk] C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe /autostart
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [NSUFloatingUI] "C:\Program Files\Sony\Network Utility\LANUtil.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [DAEMON Tools Lite] "C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Lite\daemon.exe" -autorun
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ehTray.exe] C:\Windows\ehome\ehTray.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [cmds] rundll32.exe C:\Users\Lizard\AppData\Local\Temp\ddcAsqpO.dll,c
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User '?')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User '?')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User '?')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-21-1535932617-2136683730-3455823019-1000\..\Run: [NSUFloatingUI] "C:\Program Files\Sony\Network Utility\LANUtil.exe" (User '?')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-21-1535932617-2136683730-3455823019-1000\..\Run: [cmds] rundll32.exe C:\Users\Lizard\AppData\Local\Temp\ddcAsqpO.dll,c (User '?')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-21-1535932617-2136683730-3455823019-1001\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User '?')
O4 - S-1-5-21-1535932617-2136683730-3455823019-1000 Startup: LivePerson Expert Messenger.lnk = C:\Program Files\LivePerson\Expert\LPExpertMessenger.exe (User '?')
O4 - Startup: LivePerson Expert Messenger.lnk = C:\Program Files\LivePerson\Expert\LPExpertMessenger.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Bluetooth.lnk = ?
O8 - Extra context menu item: Append Link Target to Existing PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppendSelLinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Append to Existing PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert Link Target to Adobe PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECaptureSelLinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert to Adobe PDF - res://C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Send image to &Bluetooth Device... - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie_ctx.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: Send page to &Bluetooth Device... - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie.htm
O9 - Extra button: Blogga detta - {219C3416-8CB2-491a-A3C7-D9FCDDC9D600} - C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer\WriterBrowserExtension.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Blogga detta i Windows Live Writer - {219C3416-8CB2-491a-A3C7-D9FCDDC9D600} - C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer\WriterBrowserExtension.dll
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: PokerStars - {3AD14F0C-ED16-4e43-B6D8-661B03F6A1EF} - C:\Program Files\PokerStars\PokerStarsUpdate.exe
O9 - Extra button: Doyles Room Poker - {725E77D3-B919-4eef-8EEE-D09DE618B6C1} - C:\Microgaming\Poker\DoylesRoomMPP\MPPoker.exe
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: @btrez.dll,-4015 - {CCA281CA-C863-46ef-9331-5C8D4460577F} - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @btrez.dll,-12650 - {CCA281CA-C863-46ef-9331-5C8D4460577F} - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie.htm
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O13 - Gopher Prefix:
O16 - DPF: {E505599B-F37A-4849-A7B0-E0AAB5CB054C} (ScriptPlayerRuntime Class) - https://gfs.nb.se/privat/bank/scripts/eid/NordeaSmartCard.cab
O18 - Protocol: sacore - {5513F07E-936B-4E52-9B00-067394E91CC5} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcieplg.dll
O23 - Service: Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service (aawservice) - Lavasoft - C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe Version Cue CS4 - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Version Cue CS4\Server\bin\VersionCueCS4.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe Active File Monitor V6 (AdobeActiveFileMonitor6.0) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 6.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 - Service: Bonjour-tjänst (Bonjour Service) - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
O23 - Service: Bluetooth Service (btwdins) - Broadcom Corporation. - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
O23 - Service: Intel® PROSet/Wireless Event Log (EvtEng) - Intel(R) Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\EvtEng.exe
O23 - Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service - Acresso Software Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe
O23 - Service: Google Desktop Manager 5.7.802.22438 (GoogleDesktopManager-022208-143751) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1c98c5af9bc7f1f) (gupdate1c98c5af9bc7f1f) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Software Updater (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: Intel(R) Matrix Storage Event Monitor (IAANTMON) - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAANTMon.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: IviRegMgr - InterVideo - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InterVideo\RegMgr\iviRegMgr.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee SiteAdvisor Service - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\McSACore.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Services (mcmscsvc) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Network Agent (McNASvc) - McAfee, Inc. - c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\mna\mcnasvc.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Scanner (McODS) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcods.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Proxy Service (McProxy) - McAfee, Inc. - c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\mcproxy\mcproxy.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Real-time Scanner (McShield) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan\McShield.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: McAfee SystemGuards (McSysmon) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcsysmon.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Personal Firewall Service (MpfService) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPF\MPFSrv.exe
O23 - Service: MSCSPTISRV - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\AVLib\MSCSPTISRV.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Anti-Spam Service (MSK80Service) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\MskSrver.exe
O23 - Service: NSUService - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Sony\Network Utility\NSUService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (nvsvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
O23 - Service: PACSPTISVR - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\AVLib\PACSPTISVR.exe
O23 - Service: PostgreSQL Database Server 8.3 (pgsql-8.3) - PostgreSQL Global Development Group - C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\8.3\bin\pg_ctl.exe
O23 - Service: Intel® PROSet/Wireless Registry Service (RegSrvc) - Intel(R) Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon\RegSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: Realtek Audio Service (RtkAudioService) - Realtek Semiconductor - C:\Windows\RtkAudioService.exe
O23 - Service: PC Tools Auxiliary Service (sdAuxService) - PC Tools - C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsAuxs.exe
O23 - Service: PC Tools Security Service (sdCoreService) - PC Tools - C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsSvc.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Media plus Content Importer (SOHCImp) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Media plus\SOHCImp.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Media plus Digital Media Server (SOHDms) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Media plus\SOHDms.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Media plus Device Searcher (SOHDs) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Media plus\SOHDs.exe
O23 - Service: Sony SPTI Service (SPTISRV) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\AVLib\SPTISRV.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Entertainment TV Device Arbitration Service - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\VAIO Entertainment Platform\VzHardwareResourceManager\VzHardwareResourceManager\VzHardwareResourceManager.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Event Service - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Event Service\VESMgr.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Power Management - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Power Management\SPMService.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Content Folder Watcher (VCFw) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\VAIO Content Folder Watcher\VCFw.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Content Metadata Intelligent Analyzing Manager (VcmIAlzMgr) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Sony\VCM Intelligent Analyzing Manager\VcmIAlzMgr.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Content Metadata XML Interface (VcmXmlIfHelper) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\VcmXml\VcmXmlIfHelper.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Entertainment UPnP Client Adapter (Vcsw) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\VAIO Entertainment Platform\VCSW\VCSW.exe
O23 - Service: VAIO Entertainment Database Service (VzCdbSvc) - Sony Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\VAIO Entertainment Platform\VzCdb\VzCdbSvc.exe
O23 - Service: XAudioService - Conexant Systems, Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\xaudio.exe

End of file - 16195 bytes

Preferred Solution: CMDS malware, blocked Windows Update and "Host process stopped working"

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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I keep getting a dialog box that pops up and says:

"Microsoft Windows
Host Process for Windows Service stopped working and was closed.

A problem caused the application of stop working correctly. Windows will notify you if a solutiion is available."

There doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason for it... it just arbitrarily shows up from time to time. It's not related to booting Vista, I don't think, b/c it'll pop up occasionally during the same session.

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I boot.
It chugs a bit more than usual.
I get an error message about 5 minutes after I boot.
"Host process for windows services stopped working and was closed"
It said more than that, but it was all trivial information about what might have caused it and whatnot- then it popped up a windows help browser suggesting i run windows updates, because apparently every problem can be fixed with an update (it wasn't).

This shows up every time I boot. It doesn't really seem to be affecting anything (yet), but it still perturbs me and all the things I find on google seem to be particularly vague in the direction of something in the event log without telling me exactly why i'm there or what I'm looking for, let alone how to go about it.

So, what do I do to alleviate myself of this little dialog at login?


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Hey everyone,

When i try to run movieclips i get the message "Windows Host process "RunDLL32" has stopped working.

Should i just ignore this message considering the fact that the movieclip still play, or is there a way to fix it.

i can post a hijackthis logfile if need be, also please let me know if you require me to post "silent scanner" logfile

Yours faithfully

Darren u.k
Windows Vista - Home Premium
Service pack 2
manufacturer: Emachines
Model: E4212
Inter Pentium D CPU 2.80GHz 2.79GHz
Ram 1.00GB
32 Bit Op System

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Well, I feel pretty stupid right now.

Recently I was moving a bunch of files onto a new hard drive, when my system would try to load the thumbnails of some, I would get the error in the subject, and so assumed the file was corrupt, and deleted it, later downloading a fresh copy.

The fresh copies however give me the same error, which of course restarts explorer. The files themselves have worked before, and are from reasonably reputable sites, I doubt they're the issue.

It occurred to me that when this error would occur, the little Matroska symbol would be flashing like mad, and after posting on another forum, decided my best bet would be to uninstall the codec pack with Matroska.

Unfortunately, I believe I did the exact opposite of what I wanted to. I may have uninstalled every codec except ffdshow, matroska, haali splitter, etc, as the error was still present after the restart, but the folder was empty.

The only difference seems to be that explorer just restarts without the error message.

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Exactly what are the system specs and do you have a Vista disk.

You may need to run the system file checker and it could require the system disk.

In regards to your immediate issue I would recommend doing a system restore to a day prior to this event so that it can be undone and then we can look into it further and possibly determine what the issue is.

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I recently got a new laptop and I've been having a lot of trouble with the sound. It is the laptop seen here:


Sometime the audio works, but then if I pause a song and attempt to resume it a few minutes later, errors occur and the audio seems to be disabled.

"Windows Audio has stopped working" flashes quickly, followed by:

"Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed
A problem caused the application to stop working correctly. Windows will notify you if a solution is available."

Then, if I right click on the small volume icon in the bottom right by the time, go to "Playback Devices" I get the following message:

"This computer cannot play audio because the Windows Audio Service is not enabled.

Would you like to enable the Windows Audio Service?"

I click yes and the audio works again, but even after this it still acts funny.

Things of note:Sometimes the Volume Up/Down/Off buttons on my keyboard work, and sometimes they do not.
After this problem occurs and I restart it by going to Playback Devices, the audio cannot be turned up/down in Windows Media Player. I must manually adjust my (external) speakers.
I'm using Windows Media Player because Songbird and iTunes seem to freeze up every time I try to play music through them
When I first got my laptop, I installed a few programs and ran into some problems (I forgot exactly what they w... Read more

A:Sound doesn't work sometimes: "Host Process for Windows Services stopped working..."

Hi -

Run a DirectX kernel diag report -
START | dxdiag | if x64, bottom-center "64-bit" | save as text - bottom-center

Zip the text file up and attach to your next post.

Regards. . .



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Hi everyone, I have just started encountering this problem very often with my laptop, im running vista home basic, and it keeps on seeming to happen shortly after i boot up my computer.
Recently I installed 2GB Crucial RAM (2x1gb) (I had 2x512mb before) and soon after this problem, along with a few others have started happening, for example, i can hear the hard drive clicking and whirring a lot louder than usual - which makes me think that i may have knocked it or something when i put it upside down (?), anyway, on the Problems Report and Solutions page, it says to look in event viewer, and i found the culprit file being C:\Windows\Prefetch\WINRAR.EXE-BA8CDB31.pf
I did try putting the old ram back in to see if it would have any effect - but it definately wasnt the ram.
So what can I do?? can I delete this file to stop it trying to access it? (I no that will probably be a very stupid thing to do) or is there some way i can fix it? - or do you think my hard drive may be damaged?!

Anyway any help would be much apprecciated.
here is my comps spec -

Dell Vostro 1000
AMD Turion X2 64 TL-56 1.8Ghz
2x1gb RAM
32 bit Vista home basic
Iis about 8 months old.

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My computer freezes minutes after turning it on and I cannot connect to the internet, or do anything with it, etc.
A window keeps popping up saying "Host Process for Windows Stopped Working and was Closed" and directly under this message it says "A problem caused the application to stop working correctly".
I can't even log off after this.

A:"Host Process for Windows Stopped Working" ???

Hi and welcome to TSGF this may give you some ideas http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/host-process-for-windows-services-stopped-working/

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As of a couple of days ago, when I click a Google search result link, I'm usually redirected to a random website. I also sometimes get random popups on sites on which I never got any before.

Every once in a while, I get a message saying, "Host process for Windows services stopped working and was closed", and my computer and Internet connection slow down. Sometimes after this happens, program windows, the taskbar, and other Windows visuals revert to a simple, Windows 95-esque level.

This is a huge annoyance, and any help would be greatly appreciated.

DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Mom at 21:07:51.51 on Thu 06/24/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18928 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_17
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Basic 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.2039.1277 [GMT -5:00]

SP: AVG Anti-Spyware *disabled* (Outdated) {48F2E28D-ED66-4646-9C11-B3055B0AF604}
SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}

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

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
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A:Google redirects, "Host process stopped working"


Please do the following:

Download Combofix from either of the links below, and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2

**Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**

IMPORTANT - Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link here

Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.When finished, it will produce a report for you.
Please post the C:\ComboFix.txt for further review.

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Like many others, it seems, I am experiencing difficulties with all searches on Firefox and IE being redirected to advertisement sites. Also, every so often a new tab will randomly open to an advertisement site.

Additionally, I have experienced the error message "Host process for windows services stopped working and was closed" about a dozen times. After this happens, Windows Media Player will stop showing the time countdown for songs and videos, and Firefox windows will look more like a Windows 95 window (hard to explain, but the smooth looking display common to Vista seems to be replaced by a more rigid display in the window).

All of this started happening yesterday. First, I experienced non-stop warnings from Sysinternal Antivirus. I followed some directions from a Google search and managed to get those to stop. But now I'm stuck with this other problem of persistent pop-ups and other problems.

The computer is 2 years old, so I have no idea where the Windows CD is.
Finally, I wasn't able to compress the two requested files with anything other than WinRAR (it was the default option when I followed the instructions, and I couldn't find the Windows Zip utility), so I just attached both txt files. I hope this isn't an issue.

Thanks in advance for any help that can be provided!

DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Matt at 20:05:20.87 on Sun 06/06/2010
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6002.18005 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_15
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A:Google Redirects, Random Popups, "Host Process stopped working"

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Ok I should also say the "search protocol host stopped working" pop up happens right after boot up ! IE9 starts up but when I go to a sight it acts like its there but the screen is blank !
tried this but its not working http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...er-stopped-working-and-was-closed-138952.html
posting this with google chrome because IE9 is not working !

I just noticed the windows spider sol and windows freecell sol are coming up blank screen also

any help would be apprciated thanks bill

A:"Search protocol host stopped working" Windows Vista

A friend at work experienced the same problem on his PC. Turns out he had a corrupt indexing file. You could try posting the details from Event Viewer, if that is possible. I wouldn't be able to help you interpreting them, but maybe some of the more experienced members could.

Have you tried disabling Windows Search? I did this on my friend's PC as a temporary measure . Got IE working, although searches were rather slow. It isn't a solution, but it could afford you a temporary -- albeit inconvenient -- workaround.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Stick around, though, and wait for inputs from the more knowledgeable members.

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Hi my computer after updates on either avg or zonealarm started acting up. Firsts i get this annoying pop up that says host process for windows services stopped working and was closed. I close that and another one comes out saying problem reports and solutions.There is a link on that window the link is http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=93504 but it leads nowhere. I can not access any microsoft updates or websites. Also i got 6 icons on my desktop 3 of them for porn. If the pop up comes out many times eventually i can't even click on windows and i have to do a manual shut down. Also when opening a browser sometimes tabs will open for health.com and other websites. Here is my hijackthis log. Please Help!! I have uninstalled zonealarm thinking it was the culprit.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:55:52 AM, on 6/29/2010
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18928)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\WDM\sttray.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\RocketDock\RocketDock.exe
C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
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A:Host process for windows stopped working and malware

bump! Ive installed avast and reinstalled zonealarm. Here is my new HJT log the only issue now is sometimes lags and also the host process has stopped working pop out keeps showing up.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:32:07 PM, on 7/1/2010
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18928)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\RocketDock\RocketDock.exe
C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files\CheckPoint\ZAForceField\ForceField.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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

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After updating yesterday, explorer.exe no longer starts correctly, either on startup or manually. A windows restore to before my latest updates fixes the problem, but installing the updates causes the problem again. I do want to keep the system up to date, so I figure I shouldn't just turn automatic updates off. Some notes:
I sit on the "Welcome" screen after logging in for longer than usual before getting to the desktop.
"Personalized Settings" seems to be what's causing the issue - this is the window that freezes.
I don't have a start bar.
Everything else works fine - I can launch programs through the command line or task manager, including windows explorer.
My wallpaper no longer loads - or, to be more precise, it's just a black color.
I have DisplayFusion installed, but I uninstalled it and this had no effect.
Here's a screenshot of the symptom along with my recent update history.

I'm not totally averse to reinstalling windows, but I do want to make sure the same thing doesn't just happen again. Anyone have ideas?

A:"Windows Explorer has stopped working" on startup after update

Please Run sfc /scan now using option 2 in this tutorial: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Please post back the results.

Or option 1 at boot might be easier for you.

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My external HD will not eject. In Vista it ejects fine. I west to customize the tray icons and saw this. The eject button listed as "Windows Host Process" What is up with this and is this why it will not eject? I have never seen this before and wonder if it's correct or a bug. I went back a few minutes later and it was showing the icon as normal but still will not eject properly.

Attachment 7971

A:Eject hardware showing "Windows host process"

I had the same problem when trying to remove a flash drive for the last few days but it works fine on my other flash drives.I also have that icon.

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When I view my notification area icons, I see an entry for "host process for windows tasks". I believe it is related to either rundll32 or task host, both of which are all in their legitimate folders.

is there any reason why this would be here? It is set to show only notifications. What notifications would taskhost make?

A:malicious? "Host process for windows tasks" in notification area icons


Here is an image of what im looking at.

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My Windows login and logout sounds have stopped working. I went to the control panal and checked in the "sounds" and the login sound worked when I tested it there plus I checked the sound mixer and all sliders are active and pulled up. What could be the problem? All other sounds are working?


A:Windows "Login" and "Logout" sound stopped working


line 211 left hand side

211. Restore Startup and Shutdown Sounds

hope it helps


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I'm running a HP Envy 17-3290nr, the "Rundll32" was in my task manager at first but I figured out how to get that off with the start up on MSCONFIG. So I guess it's bluetooth? I already have a Bluetooth on my task bar, I don't need two do I? plus it don't even have a bluetooth icon, it just says "Windows host process (Rundll32) THEN RIGHT UNDERNEATH IT, it says.... "Bluetooth" IT won't let me show the icon and notifications.

A:"Windows host process (Rundll32)" Problem


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My name is Ken and I appreciate any and all advice in advance. I dispense a lot of advice on hi-fi boards, but I know just enough about computers to defer to the experts. Feel free to slap me around and teach me a lesson if I appear stupid or violate any board etiquette. I can take it.

Here's the deal:

My computer suddenly lost all of its cookies for sites I frequent.

Then, right after that happened, Norton told me that it stopped some malicious code.

I started getting a "Generic Host Process for Win 32 Services..." error and my computer started stalling when I went into Microsoft Word or IE.

I updated Windows, updated my HP software (based on a quick Google search), and scanned my entire system with Norton.

Norton says it killed the "Downloader" virus.

My computer is still bringing up the "Generic..." message and when I try to unmute my volume button, it says there are "no active mixer devices available." I'm just waiting for my computer to freeze up again.

What follows is the DDS file and I've attached the "ark" and "attach" files as zipped files:

DDS (Ver_09-02-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by kjohnson at 13:26:58.94 on Mon 02/23/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_11
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2550.1972 [GMT -5:00]

AV: Norton AntiVirus 2006 *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)
FW: Norton Internet Worm Prot... Read more

A:"Generic Host Process..." and "Downloader"

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


* Ensure you have disabled all antivirus and antimalware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

Get help here

Please post the C:\ComboFix.txt in your next reply for further review.


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

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running ie 9 & win 7 & avg

did cmd - sfc /scannow - no errors
no virus

problem started after ie9 install , so it seems

"windows explorer has stopped working"/"windows is restarting"

after error and little time all tabs pop up good and ready to go

just annoying - like my dog barking at 4:30am thinking she's a rooster


A:[SOLVED] "windows explorer has stopped working"/"windows is restarting"

Hello Marcus,

Do you get this error when opening up IE? If yes does it happen instantly? or after browsing for a little while?

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"A problem caused [name of program] to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available." But no solution shows. I have been using the same HP Pavilion tx1000 for a year and a half with no software or compatibility issues. I run Vista Home Premium, Service Pack 1 - 32 bit. Slowly this message began to appear with every microsoft program I opened and then started to spread to non microsoft programs. I tried reinstalling the programs, doing a system restore to the oldest restore point I could, I also tried uninstalling any window updates that were installed right before my problems. I have read some strings that indicate it may be a compatibility issue between the service pack 1 and vista but the service pack came with the computer and it has been working fine until recently. I am at loss what to try next. Has anyone using Vista Home Home Premium experience anything like this!!!

A:Windows Error Message "{Name of Program} has stopped working" "A Problem caused ...

hi and welcome the first thing to do is run your anti virus and malware progs this will check for issues there and hopefully rule it out the next thing to try is sfc/scnw http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66978-system-files-sfc-command.html its a how to and also try this http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid192_gci1276029,00.html this will check for other problems in both your files and your hard drive

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This issue has only been occurring for a day. I have done spyware/virus scans for the past 10 hours and have removed several trojans, but the problem still seems to persist. Windows auto suggest that I receive the latest updates (which I don't think is the problem, my updates are very recent). However, when trying to use Windows Update I get error 80072efd, a connection issue from what I've read, and I suspect a culprit....seeing as my firewall has never caused any problems, and I even disabled it to test this.Also I have several copies of svchost.exe in my task manager, which I find suspicious. Full Screen PictureWould very much appreciate if someone helped me get rid of this annoyance edit: I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium SP2

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I have seen a  number of posts diagnosing this issue, however, they seem specific for each user so I thought I should ask for help specifically for me. I get this message periodically (once every day or two), but there does not seems to be any problems associated with it.  I do have a couple issues that may or may not be part of it.  One is that I periodically lose network connection from my Ethernet connection. The computer icons in the task bar seem to be still showing communication but the Networking and Sharing page shows limited connection to the router and no connection to the internet.   My router is still working however since I can use WiFi on another device.  I end up having to restart the computer to get the connection back.  Another issue I have is this message in the Event Viewer:  "The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer MYNETN600 that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NetBT_Tcpip_{A07981E3-3A87-43F5-970A-BE5DBA13. The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced."  The latter issue is a real pain, the previous one - not so much.
I am running Vista Home Premium  32 bit with Service Pack 2 installed.
Thanks for your help

Edited by Queen-Evie, 01 June 2015 - 05:27 PM.

I took a look at her event logs and read the following info;

Faulting application: svchost.exe
Version: 6.0.6001.18000
Time stamp: 0x00000000
Exception code: 0.00000005
Fault offset: 0x0001624b
Process ID: 0x1308
Application start time: 0x01cb7e88c18acb98

Can anyone help please?


A:Host Process for Windows has stopped working...

Hello MrJay,

On the Computer with the Problem could you please Run the Attached File at the End of this thread as Administrator

Please see Network Posting Tips For More Information

This Should Restore the Hosts File

Also Could you please upload a Picture of the IP Config for the Computer which is having this Problem

Hope This Helps,

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How do I stop a window popping up every time that says Host Process stopped working?

A:Windows Host Process stopped working

There's no easy fix for that generic error message, I'm afraid.

Have you read the following links?



When did this start happening? Any other symptoms? Does anything stop working?

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So I keep getting this problem where Windows Host Process stops working, followed very quickly by windows audio service.

Exact Message: Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed. A problem caused the application to stop working correctly. Windows will notify you if a solution is available.

I have a Dell Studio 1440 running Windows Vista 64 bit.

For the past couple months I've been having this problem with popping sounds from my audio, usually when I'm playing games or watching things, though sometimes just randomly. This was occasionally followed by the host process stopping working, now it happens more often. It also happens whenever I access some games such as Warcraft III Frozen Throne.

A:Windows Host Process has stopped working

What is the make and model of your computer?

Are you using the most recent drivers for your audio card?

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I was wondering if anyone could help me?  I have been having a lot of issues with my computer and using the internet. I keep getting messages such as ‘windows explorer has stopped working ‘and ‘Host process for windows services stopped working’. I haven’t been able to stream videos (with the exception of youtube),  download certain programs and browsing sites is slow.  I remember my computer being fine until a window update but I don’t know if that’s a coincidence or not.  I have tired uninstalling windows explorer and system restore to no avail.
I would really appreciate any help or advice.
Here is a report for one of the error messages I received.
  A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:                           AppHangXProcB1
  Application Name:                                iexplore.exe
  Application Version:                             10.0.9200.16686
  Application Timestamp:&... Read more

A:Windows explorer has stopped working / Host process for windows services stopped

Do things get better if you boot into Safe Mode with Networking?

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I'm not sure how or where to address this issue.
As of 4 days ago, I am randomly having a box pop up that says "Update Manager Has Stopped Working"
I've been able to use the Realtime Data through my Avast to find that it's C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\dw20.exe that is attempting to run, but apparently failing.
How can I fix this?
I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the latest version of the .NET framework, I've also attempted to use the .NET clean up tool, both to no avail.

A:.NET framework "Update Manager Has Stopped Working"

System restore shouldn't affect data. You can image before system restore so in case something goes wrong you can restore back. Anyway,

I have the same dw20.exe, I don't have office.

You can scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free if too concerned about an infection.

Found this:

DW20.exe is an error-reporting application packed with Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office. Once installed, it collects information automatically when a Microsoft application unexpectedly quits, freeze or crashes; it then allows users to send the information to Microsoft for analysis. This report assists Microsoft in solving problems to improve future versions of the software. DW20.exe is not required for Microsoft programs to work and can be disabled and removed from startup to prevent it from running.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_5166791_remove-dwexe.html

So I believe, you haven't found the failing application yet. You have to find which updater is failing.

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The problem is get a "Host Process for Windows Tasks has stopped working" window that pops up every time I start windows.


Can someone help?


A:Host Process for Windows Tasks has stopped working

Hi, and a warm welcome to the forums, does this message occur in safe mode? Press the win + r key together, in the run box type:-

regsvr32 dimsjob.dll (press OK) you should see a success message, restart computer and go into normal mode, let us know how you get on.

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Hi, got a malware/trojan problem. Been trying to get rid of it but the problem still sticks around.I'm running Windows Vista 32 bit. Downloaded something and ran it and the icon just disappeared. I kind of know that was a malware or trojan of some sort. I have Symantec AntiVirus on my computer. The auto protection popped up and detected a W32.Virut.CF and a bunch Packed.Generic.233. They were cleaned by deletion by Symantec.From that point on, Symantec would pop up every once in a while saying Auto-Protect has found Packed.Generic.233 and performed action - cleaned by deletion. Filename would be C:\Windows\SericeProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\Temp\VRTXXXX.tmp where XXXX are alpha numerics that varies. In addition, when I open some directory or click on Mouse Pointers, Theme, Display Settings, etc. in Control Panel/Personalization, the following error would pop up - "Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working"I googled around for that problem and some said they had that problem and it was caused by nero or their dvd rom, or some cd burning software, or some video editting software. And usually the solution is to rename some .ax files to something else. That wasn't my problem as I tried it on three of my Nero related .ax files. I'm kind of leaning towards the conclusion that it has something to do with the trojan or malware that my computer was infected with since the Rundll32 problem started to ac... Read more

A:Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working

Hello and to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.-----------------------------------------------------------We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, ... Read more

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Hey everyone, its me again and this time i have another problem. I was playing an online game but this keeps popping up during it. Please help me with this! Thanks!

A:Host Process For Windows Services Stopped Working..?

Possibly driver related. What are your 'specs'...Vista version, upgrade/clean install, new hardware/programs added, etc?

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Hello guys i'm new to the forum! I have been having this message pop up every 20 minutes or so randomly... i have tried changing thumbnails, cmd scan now and deleting any downloads i have recently done but nothing seems to be working? if you could help me that would be great thanks!

A:Windows host process rundll32 has stopped working?

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  When  FileHippo opens, click on Download latest version in the upper right pane.
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.

The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.

In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
• List last 10 Event Viewer log
• List Installed Programs
• List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
• List Minidump Files
Click on Go to start the scan.  Once it is finished highlight the text, copy it and paste it in your next post.

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All of a sudden I am getting the general Vista error message: Host Process for Windows Services Stopped Working. When that closes, a "helpful" box pops up and tells me I might have a hard disk problem. Ran CHKDSK on the drive, no errors.

Going to the event log, I see that when the error message occurs, it points to this file: AgApplaunch.db. I don't know if this file is corrupt. I checked and it is in the Windows/Prefetch directory.

I have had the system for two years, no new changes. I first noticed the message a few days ago after I had tried to install two important Vista updates. As they were installing, the system shut itself off, and I started getting the message upon startup.

If anyone knows a resolution for this problem, it would be most appreciated.

If not, two questions:

1) Can AgApplaunch be re-installed? Either from the web or the Vista disk.

2) Is there a better disk check utility in Vista? CHKDSK ran for about 20 seconds.


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host process for windows services stopped working and has closed.....I saw about 4 pages of comments of people having this problem. I have been having it also, but it has gotten worse recently. I have a majic jack so that I can communicate with friends and family in the U.S., so my laptop has to be on all the time. I have a Acer Aspire 5520-5912 2g DDR, 160G HDD, AMD Turion 64x2 with windows vista home premium. When I first got this, I had very little problem other than a way to sensitive mouse pad. That alone can make me really crazy, but this problem with host process is really becoming a pain. I had quit using IE and was using Firefox, but that has crashed a lot lately, so today I downloaded Safari and what a difference. Much faster and so far no crashing, but I haven't used it after this problem. My laptop has the SP2 update which wasn't fun either. After I did the first update to sp2, I had to wipe out my laptop and re-install everything. If anyone finds a fix for this, I'd love to know; my husband just bought a new laptop and he's getting the same thing.

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I randomly keep getting this error message usually when I am trying to open a new program.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!! Here are the details.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: svchost.exe
Application Version: 6.0.6001.18000
Application Timestamp: 47919291
Fault Module Name: fntcache.dll
Fault Module Version: 7.0.6002.18409
Fault Module Timestamp: 4d63bfd5
Exception Code: 40000015
Exception Offset: 000000000004c609
OS Version: 6.0.6002.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 5e54
Additional Information 2: e564498c8e5cd2ea23b40b0a5b20dd94
Additional Information 3: c992
Additional Information 4: d4afeac32722c7a999744efa07a3c758

A:Host Process for Windows Services has stopped working

I found this description of the fntcache.dll function-

"Windows service that optimizes performance of applications by caching commonly used font data. Applications will start this service if it is not already running."

As such, it seems to me that it would most likely pop up when starting a new application. However, I would think this error should go away after opening the same application two or more times. That's just an uneducated opinion. I've never experienced it.

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I get the error message "Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working..." just after logging in. I am running Vista Home Premium 32-bit version. I also have uninstalled several programs via the control panel, but when I go to msconfig and look at the services and startup list, executables and services relating to these uninstalled programs are still on those lists. Also I just started getting the Rundll32 message after installing Vista Service Pack 1. Also, right after installing this service pack, winamp version 5.52 just stopped working and when i try to play a song, i get an error code 88780078. Any clues to a solution?


A:Windows Host Process (rundll32) Has Stopped Working

Hello, holly1. to BleepingComputer.com!I would like to get a look at your event logs to help diagnose your issue. Please follow these instructions to send me the logs:Go to Start -> RunEnter "compmgmt.msc" (without quotes)Press enter or click Ok at the bottom of the Run prompt.You will be presented with a two pane window with a tree on the left side.
Expand the "Event Viewer" portion of the tree, by clicking the little plus sign next to "Event Viewer"When you have done that, right click each of the logs in the tree and choose "Save Log File As..."Save the file to your desktop with the filename of the log. (In other words, if the log is "Application" save it as Application)Go to Bill's File Upload Website, and upload each of your event logs.You can then delete the logs from your desktop.Hope we can get this fixed,Billy3

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I recently downloaded a music editing software called Sony Acid Pro 7, the downloading process was simple. But when i try and open the program it pops up and freezes and the error message reads 'Windows host process Rundll32 has stopped working', it never opens. I have tried deleting and re downloading it three times. This program is very expensive, it would be a shame to have to return this, i was so excited about starting up my dream in music production. No clue what this could be. Any ideas? Help would be much appreciated, Thank You.

Please help. Someone. Any ideas or information could help me.


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Basically when I open any folders on my Laptop that contain video files (the ones I have are .MPG videos... I get the error message pop up: Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working.

Sometimes 1 box opens... sometimes it's 10, getting annoying now.

Oh and by the way, I don't have nero on my Laptop and never have. I have done searches on the net for a solution but all the solutions involve nero, which I don't have.

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Hello, I run Vista home premium 32 bit. Lately my computer has been running really slow so at first I thought it was a virus and ran various virus and malware removal programs, still didn't fix the problem. I also ran some registry cleaners which I think may have caused this problem. When I click on Mouse in the control panel I get this error "Unable to connect to the synaptics point device driver" and then I get another error saying "Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working", as in the title. Can anyone help me with this? By the way, I figured out that the problem was I had Mysqld.exe on my computer which I don't need, so I don't use that anymore.

A:Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working

Try a system restore from a time before the problem.
System Restore - How to[11]=Backup Restore

If you cannot use that method try this:


If that does not work

You may want to try a repair install.
Repair Install For Vista

Run it through a couple of times, it should work.

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Hi, I'm new. I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong category, I wasn't sure where to post it.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1440 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit.

This message on my computer keeps coming up in one window it says

Host process for windows services has stopped working
Windows is collecting more information about the problem this might take several minutes.

It's a gray bar, It never loads, another window is also open that says

Do you want to send more information about the problem?
I click on view details and this comes up, I copied and pasted this

Files that help describe the problem:
C:\Users\King David\AppData\Local\Temp\WERD3E4.tmp.WERInternalMetadata.xml
C:\Users\King David\AppData\Local\Temp\WERE948.tmp.appcompat.txt
C:\Users\King David\AppData\Local\Temp\WERE949.tmp.hdmp

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I click send information, and it goes away and comes back a little while later. When I click cancel, or the x it goes away and comes back a little while later also.

If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,

A:Help Host Process For Windows Services has stopped working

Hi -

Try these 3 places for additional information -

START | type view | "View all Problem Reports" | 2x-click on line item for additional crash info

2. Reliability Monitor -
START | type perfmon /rel

3. Event Viewer -
START | type eventvwr.msc | Custom Views | Administrative Events

#2 & #3 would likely be more helpful to ID the crash itself; #1 may have additional details.

Regards. . .



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Hi everyone! I hope someone can help me out there. I just installed Vista Ultimate and when I open a file that contains video files (.mpg, .wmv, etc) I get hundreds of error messages (Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working) when Vista loads the individual large video icons. Thanks in advance for anyone out there who might could shed some light on this problem. It is driving me crazy!

A:Windows Host Process (rundll32) Has Stopped Working

I'm sure its not the right answer but when mine did the same thing I found that minimizing the window (so not all of the vids were not opening at the same time) it wouldn't cause the rundll32 thinging to pop up, it seemed like to me it overloaded rundll32 when it tried to open the whole folder at once..?

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I was wondering if you guys could help me out. I've done a little research and couldn't find a solution on my own. Any help would be appreciated.
I have recently formatted my HDD, and reinstalled Windows 7 x64 Ultimate.
I now get an error a few times per day.

Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working.

Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: rundll32.exe
Application Version: 6.1.7600.16385
Application Timestamp: 4a5bc637
Fault Module Name: nvd3dum.dll
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 55dc6c29
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 007323eb
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

A:Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working.

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 

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I been having this problem for almost a week now and it makes me want to rip my hair out! Lol, everything usually works fine when I first boot the computer up and when I'm on the internet for a little while that message pops up then internet explorer closes and I can use firefox. Then after I hit cancel on the message when I try to open other programs or save in notepad it freezes then the Not responding message pops up. Also when I try to go to the control panel same thing, it freezes then the bottom task bar changes like a different theme. Idk what to do it's really bugging me out, I looked up the message on alot of sites and each thread is just filled with people saying they have the same message and each thing the person says to do doesn't work for me. In the event log I don't see anything, I can't go to the control panel because it freezes. I'm gonna try to uninstall my firewall but I can't even get to remove programs window. And system restore doesn't work. Sorry for the whole paragraph of every little problem I just don't know what to do. Thanks

A:Windows Host Process Stopped Working And Was Closed

Try in safe mode and then report back. Your answer will give a lot of clues, about what to do next.
If it works in safe mode, the next step would be a clean boot to determine the precise nature of the problem.
If it does not work, we may go with system restore.
Report back before each step.

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I keep getting this error message and I don't know why or how to fix it. Can you please help me. I have windows vista. Below is what the windows event log for applications says:

Faulting application svchost.exe, version 6.0.6001.18000, time stamp 0x48034a4c, faulting module unknown, version, time stamp 0x00000000, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x00000002, process id 0xa48, application start time 0x01c94df6fcf398da.

I don't know what any of that means >.< I have 3 windows of those error messages and I have to keep them open 'cause if I close them they just pop right back up and it's getting annoying

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Everytime I'm playing a game or I log back on my laptop (Acer Aspire 5610Z, SP1 Vista Home Premium).

I get this message:

Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working

I do not know why I get this.

And for the love of god I DO NOT HAVE "NERO" on my laptop because people say nero causes it.

A:Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working

check the properties of the Rundll32 file and see if it is the same size as mine (see attached)
if its smaller than mine it is bad & needs to be replaced..... post back with your findings....good luck

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I keep on getting this problem:Problem signature: Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: svchost.exe Application Version: 6.0.6000.16386 Application Timestamp: 4b18b14e Fault Module Name: svchost.exe Fault Module Version: 6.0.6000.16386 Fault Module Timestamp: 4b18b14e Exception Code: c0000005 Exception Offset: 000019fc OS Version: 6.0.6000. Locale ID: 1033 Additional Information 1: 8c7b Additional Information 2: a2b27670b4f4d59fb0605ee22364f434 Additional Information 3: d559 Additional Information 4: 7b628a1133c3556e3e024ce42cbb1cdaRead our privacy statement: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=501...mp;clcid=0x0409And after I close the window, another one comes up after 2-3 minutes. It's irritating, and I have the slight suspicion that it's connected to my odd internet, and this Blue Screen I'm getting.EDIT: Moved from Vista to more appropriate Am I Infected forum ~ Hamluis.

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