Recently Explorer.exe has been freezing, doing illegal operations, etc. over and over. Just opening up my computer causes an illegal operation most of the time. I could just be sitting on the desktop not doing anything and have it screw up on me. I am getting sick of having to end task explorer.exe and then run it again several times a day. that should probably be one of the more stable things in windows, right now it is the most unstable.
I haven't been toying with the registry or been runing anything that might screw up windows (such as hacks, tweaks, etc.). the only things I do are run norton windoctor on a regular basis and run spybot search and destroy every so often. I have been using both of those long before this problem took place, I doubt they would be the cause of it. Any ideas?
The only tweaking I have done on my computer is some slight overclocking, would that have an effect?
Windows XP Pro (SP1)
PIII 800 (running at 852mhz 142X6)
ATI Radeon 7500
(2) 120gb Maxtor 7200rpm ATA133
SB Live! Value
It kinda sounds like you have a virus in your system, but you said that you use norton win doctor right? Do you also use just the regular version of Norton? I dont know much about windoctor. If windoctor isnt a way to fully scan for virii, I suggest you get a regular copy of Norton, update the virus definitions and then scan to see if you might have inadvertantly gota virus. good luck.
You every try running Windows XP without the service pack? The problems that I was having with stability went away after reinstalling Windows XP and just installing the critical updates needed <i>without SP1</i>.
oh yeah BTW you don't actually need to use EXPLORER.EXE
you can use other companys products instead such as one called "Geoshell" and a few others.
these will replace EXPLORER.EXE and cahnge the user interface of windows. so will make you desktop look cooler as well as bypassing explorer.exe.