COM Surrogate has stopped working

By Technochicken
Jan 31, 2009
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  1. Every time I open my "Videos" folder, I get this message saying "COM Surrogate has stopped working. Windows can check online for the solution to the problem." Then I have the option to check online for a solution and close the program, or just close the program. Neither option does anything other than close the error window. This only happens in the videos folder, and not the subfolders. Here are the error details it gives

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: DllHost.exe
    Application Version: 6.0.6000.16386
    Application Timestamp: 4549b14e
    Fault Module Name: StackHash_1703
    Fault Module Version: 0.0.0.0
    Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000
    Exception Code: c0000005
    Exception Offset: 019db5ed
    OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.768.3
    Locale ID: 1033
    Additional Information 1: 1703
    Additional Information 2: 2264db07e74365624c50317d7b856ae9
    Additional Information 3: 1344
    Additional Information 4: 875fa2ef9d2bdca96466e8af55d1ae6e

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    Any ideas of how to get rid of it are welcome.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,040   +223

    What OS; Vista?

    enable DEP
    1. Go to Start, right click on Computer, and select Properties.

    2. Click on Advanced System Settings, and then select Advanced.

    3. click Settings under Performance.

    4. Select the “Data Execution Protection†tab, and then check“Turn on DEP
    for all programs and services except those I selectâ€

    4. Click on the Add button, and then browse to
    C:\Windows\System32\dllhost.exe as shown

    5. Click Open, and then OK.
  3. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 900

    Thank you! When iI applied the change, it said I needed to restart for it to take effect, but it seems to have worked immediately.
  4. mscrx

    mscrx Newcomer, in training Posts: 829

    just out of curiosity: does it then display the preview of the videos as thumbnails which causes the problem (plus usually a missing or wrong versioned codec)?
  5. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 900

    In my videos folder, there are a few wmv movies, which have a thumbnail, a few QuickTime movies, which don't, and some folders. Some of the subfolders also had mixed formats, nclidong wmv files with previews, but the error only happenedbin the main folder.
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