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Windows explorer constantly crashing

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October 21, 2010 11:01:31 PM

Hello,

So I keep getting this annoying pop-up about every 5 seconds that says "windows explorer has stopped working" then it restarts, the taskbar flashes and it repeats again and again and again. Every time it closes whatever windows I have open as well.

This happened before and it was due to a virus posing as windows explorer. I deleted it before but I forget how I did it, it was something along the lines of running a program on windows that allows you to explore what seemed like every aspect of the OS.
Please help, it's very very annoying. thanks!

also, i'm running 64-bit Windows 7 if that helps
a b $ Windows 7
October 21, 2010 11:55:20 PM

have you scanned for virus? you could also try running Malwarebytes.

install and run it in Save Mode
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a b $ Windows 7
October 21, 2010 11:57:42 PM

you could also use Firefox or Google Chrome which are both faster than IE8
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a b $ Windows 7
October 22, 2010 2:32:15 AM

Try running a windows repair.

If that doesn't solve it, try running through the malware guide in my signature.
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October 22, 2010 11:55:04 AM

it's not Internet explorer that's the problem, its the actually windows explorer that's giving me the problem
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