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Weird problem, please help

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August 22, 2003 2:58:18 AM

After running Windows for sometime, drag-drop doesn't work (in Windows explorer), can't scroll pages with keyboard in Internet Explorer, in MS Excel sometimes locked drag happens if I right click, no context menu if I right click office assistant (in all MS Office apps). This problem goes away if I restart Windows, but again happens after sometime. I don't have any stability problem or other probs. This is happening since last couple of weeks.

What's wrong?

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August 22, 2003 4:47:33 AM

Check for virus, i know it could´nt make sense but i had a similar problem and i found out it was a virus!
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August 22, 2003 1:49:41 PM

What version of Windows is this?

Have you done a Windows Update so that you have the latest and greatest Windows bug fixes?

And try to see if it starts happening <i>only</i> after running a specific program. (It could just be someone wrote bad code that is corrupting memory.)

Hey, slightly on topic still but a different line of discussion: Does anyone know of a really kick-arse <i>free</i> (as in <i>not</i> shareware but actual freeware) anti-virus suite for Windows? In an ideal world the open-source community should have come up with something cool by now. :) 

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August 22, 2003 4:48:08 PM

I'm using Windows 2000 (SP4 installed). Since Win2000 SP4 is quite recent, there may not be much thing to update. Moreover I wouldn't like to manually update via Windows Update, since I'm using 33.6k dial-up.

I did a clean Windows installation recently, with Win2000 (SP4 integrated) and installed Visual Studio.NET 2003. I can't remember about this problem with Win2000 SP3. Actually I'm not sure which thing is causing problem, since I had 2 big changes in softwares recently. I've never used Win2000 SP4 or Visual Studio.NET 2003 before.

It doesn't happen after running a specific program. Sometimes after using, it just "happens"

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August 22, 2003 5:03:14 PM

Yeah, I've done Windows Update over modem on my PC at home (which varies in connection speed between 28K and 40K) and that's no fun. It's definately an overnight task. :\

Unfortunately running Windows Update is about all that I can think of. Maybe search Microsoft's site for the bug and see if they've addressed it in their knowledge base.

If it helps any I'm running Windows 2000 SP4 here at work and it hasn't had any problems like that. I don't even dare touch .NET though (happily using VC++ 6.0 when I do Windows-specific programming, which isn't often anymore thanks to Python and Qt) so I suppose it's possibly related to that.

But then again I've also done a full Windows Update recently so if it was SP4 that was causing the bug but another update fixed that, then I wouldn't have seen it anyway.

Sorry that I can't be of much help. It's a truly weird problem.

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August 23, 2003 12:59:43 AM

Disk defragmentation?
Sufficient swap space?

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