Recent auto updates from MS and / or Kaspersky Pure R2 have apparently blocked the XP-SP3 file search function. [?] Even the use of the file finder via the START button will not work when the wildcard ('*.) is set. Only when a specific and accurate file name is provided is the file name provided in the right pane. ~ Most times the search routine is used to locate a file when the ID of the fn is not accurately known. The desktop search function from XP closes with the Unexpected error message. This problem became apparent in the last several days.
Got a restore point to go to before the updates ? Got a Win CD to execute a repair function ?