Windows Explorer gives error and crashes

By clyde85
Apr 16, 2011
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  1. My Windows Explorer crashes often. I received "Data Execution Prevention - Microsoft Windows." and it closes down. I also noticed that my internet connection isn't as fast as before. I ran an antivirus (Eset Nod 32) but I found nothing. I also ran Malwarebytes and also found nothing.

    I already sought help from "Malware Section" in this website's forum, done everything they suggested to fix it but unfortunately didn't solve the problem.

    I hope somebody could figure out what's wrong with my computer. Please help.
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    First, please state what OS you are using and if you have the OS disc or can borrow one that matches you version.
  3. clyde85

    clyde85 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    I'm using Windows XP Service Pack 2 and I don't know anyone to borrow it from. Is there no other way?
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    First thing to do is switch on Automatic Updates to get your system up to SP3.

    SP2 is no longer supported by microsoft so your system is wide open to infection.

    You should be able to buy a genuine copy of Windows XP SP3 without having to spend too much. Get one that matches your version i.e. Home, Professional, etc.

    With your own disc you can run System File Checker or do a Repair install which should fix everything. Then if this does not work you can do a full clean install.

    The error you get is happening because the system has seen something as suspicious which may infact be quite harmless, had you installed any new software just before this error started to appear?

    What anti virus and/or third party firewall are you using?
  5. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 938   +43

    Well I've went ahead and taken the liberty in creating this list as so clyde85 can get a good idea as to where to buy a genuine copy of Windows XP. I don't what version of that copied O.S. he's running with "home" or "Pro" or "media center", so I've compiled a listing that contains all.

    Windows XP Home + SP3 : Base Price $79.99
    http://trinitysoftwaredistribution....de=TSD&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=N09-02215dell

    Windows XP Professional + SP3 : Base Price $107.99
    http://www.ztechsoftware.com/mm5/me...rk=gdfV22594_a_7c964_a_7c3810_a_7cE85_d_05683

    Windows XP Media Center Edition + SP2 : Base Price $89.97
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...CODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE

    If any non (SP3) O.S. is purchased than clyde85, you can click on the provided link and it will take to where you can download then install (SP3).

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/learn-how-to-install-windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3

    Also note clyde85, that these displayed examples are genuine O.S.'s, all come complete with never used keys and are guaranteed by the seller to be genuine products. ((No copied O.S. here all are legit))! :approve:
  6. clyde85

    clyde85 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    From time to time I'm installing new softwares but I don't know which one I've installed is infected.

    I'm using Eset Nod 32 AV. I am playing a game (Garena Client) that requires firewall to be turned off, so I don't have any firewall in my PC atm.
  7. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 938   +43

    Well down the road if you do indeed research what I've already posted in regards to a new Operating System, than what need is there to worry about which piece of software is infected? After a proper (long) styled format of the hard drive prior to a new Windows installation, what concern will there be to try and figure out which piece of software went a muck!

    Just do yourself a favor and research those links I gave to you, get a good feel for what is out there as far as a Windows XP Operating System. See if a new O.S. is within your budget right now and either make the call to a company and buy the O.S. over the phone or point and click your way into it. Either which way my friend, you have to get yourself a non copied version of Windows XP, as to pass all the (Microsoft Genuine Advantage) checks.

    Remember, as far as XP (SP3) is the key!


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