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Multiple games crash on startup

This started the other day, then seemed fine when I changed from AVG antivirus to avast, but now it's started again. I get an error saying the program has stopped working as soon as I load the game. The games I've tried:

Portal and Team Fortress 2
Battlefield 2 and 2142 (didn't expect them to work but I have gotten them to work in Win7 before)
Warhammer 40,000 Dawn Of War and Dawn Of War II
Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine
Skyrim
World of Tanks and World of Warplanes
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 Uprising
Minecraft
Antichamber
Planetside 2 (with no error message)
Arma: Gold Edition
Arma Tactics
Arma 2
A.I. War Fleet Command (with its own crash error)

Some games still work. I'v been able to play Loadout, Rise Of Nations Gold, Awesomenauts and several others (this is not an all-inclusive list as I haven't tried loading all of my games).

System specs:

Core i7-2600
8 GB RAM
Asus P8P67 mobo
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
GeForce GTX 570
Windows 7 Ultimate (all up to date)

The hard drive is brand new as my old one died, this is the only hardware change and never had an issue before. As I stated before, I switched to avast from AVG which seemed to fix the problem initially. I also use Super Antispyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (neither of which caused a problem previously). As far as I can tell all drivers are up to date.
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  1. You have to many anti-virus programs. You only need 1. Malwarebyte isn't useful until you have a virus you want to get rid of anyways (then it's your go-to-guy.)
    Post the exact error message it gives you so we can get some more insight into what might be the real issue.
    And when you say the hard drive is new because your old one died, did you restore a backup from your old drive to the new one? could be corrupted data. Have you tried reinstalling any of the games?
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    Too many anti virus, malware, spyware pgms can interfere with each other. You may want to run something like CCleaner to clean up registry errors, junk files, and resource wasting crap that has built up over time. Do the Clean and Registry portions both. You may have to run thru more than one time if your system is badly corrupted.

    Check to see if there's any TSRs that are running w/Windows in the background that you can do w/o. Check in your tray and see if disabling them will help.
    You may want to uninstall your gfx driver, run Driver Sweeper from Safe Mode ( http://www.techspot.com/downloads/4266-driver-sweeper.html ), and have it remove any AMD, Nvidia, and ATI gfx driver remnants it can find. Then reboot and install the latest driver for your card and OS.

    Btw, I disagree that malwarebytes isn't useful until you have a virus. First, it doesn't do viruses per se. It does malware. 2nd, it has caught tons of I/O port traffic for me that would have otherwise infected my system with unwanted malware. That's why I have the retail version running full time.
  3. Thanks for the quick replies. I'll uninstall spyware and malware and see if it helps. Only had this hard drive for a couple of weeks and everything was a fresh install so I can't imagine too much has built up (I can assure you there has never been an AMD gpu in this system, custom built) but I will gladly run CCleaner and see if it helps.

    The error I get is "(name of program) has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem." followed by "A problem has caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available."
  4. Mythicaldakka said:
    Thanks for the quick replies. I'll uninstall spyware and malware and see if it helps. Only had this hard drive for a couple of weeks and everything was a fresh install so I can't imagine too much has built up (I can assure you there has never been an AMD gpu in this system, custom built) but I will gladly run CCleaner and see if it helps.

    The error I get is "(name of program) has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem." followed by "A problem has caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available."


    Right when you get the error there should be a "show me the details" hyperlink type thing you can click, copy and paste the log it gives you from that.
  5. I just remembered that I had to give up on Avast several years ago. It was causing similar issues for me at that time. I settled on MS Securities Essentials and Malwarebytes... and haven't had an issue since. My daughter was having the same issues with her PC and Avast. She switched to MSE and, like me, is fine now.
  6. No, there was no hyperlink. Taking off spyware and malware (and possibly CCleaner) seems to have helped, though I might put Malwarebytes back on as the free version doesn't stay loaded in memory like Super Antispyware does (making it the more likely culprit). Thanks for the help :)
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