Windows Explorer pop-up error message

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Author: aj_law PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:49 am    Post subject: Windows Explorer pop-up error message
I received some great help from SifuMike (BTW, thank you again) in the Hijackthis Logs/Malware Removal forum last year with a virus/malware issue and I'm hoping that someone can help my with my current PC problem too.

If this isn't the proper forum, hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. I don't think it's virus or malware related, but wtf do I know. That's why I'm here -- to try to get help from some experts.

Anyway, If I try to go to My Computer, My Documents, My Pictures, etc. and access some folders, I get a Windows Explorer --- "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience" pop up message. It also happens if I try to access the Control Panel too. That seems to be the only issue that's occurring at the moment. All other programs appear to be functioning correctly and web browsing isn't limited in any way.

Does anyone know the nature of this problem and what's the best solution? Hopefully, there is one that doesn't involve reformatting or reinstalling the OS. Again, it doesn't appear to be virus related; more of a Windows issue.

A quick and crude Google search revealed some recommendations to run a System File Checker (sfc /scannow) program, but that didn't really do anything.

I thought I'd hit this forum up for some guidance because Mike in the other forum was very knowledgeable and was able to fix my problem so I'm hoping to have the same luck here.

Help! Please!

Thanks in advance.

Author: aj_law PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:58 am    Post subject:
RobertWacek wrote:
Try to restore your system to the date that you did not have that problem. It should work.

That was one of the first things I tried. Didn't work.

Author: georgec PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:10 pm    Post subject:
Try to repair your system using windows boot disk. Check this article

Author: aj_law PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:33 am    Post subject:
I don't have a system boot disk. We've moved a couple times in the last two years and I think it got lost in the shuffle.

Also, I probably should've mentioned in my first post that I'm running XP Pro.

Author: georgec PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:07 pm    Post subject:
You can google it, there are a number of free downloads out there!
Also, by pressing F8 during the boot-up process you can access a repair function but may ask you for the installation media!

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