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#1 14 years ago

My os is WinXP pro and a few days ago my internet browsers FireFox and Explorer started crashing alot.

Next thing I knew when ever I opened anything a folder a game a app I would get a popup giving an error message for either browser saying it crashed. And then whatever app or folder I just opened crashs to. This is now starting to happen almost whenever I open anything. I checked with a few security apps: Norton, spybot, Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 1.2. And I doubt its virus/trojen related. Some new weird things that just started today: Shortcut icons are randomly loseing/gaining their picture when I reboot.

Any advise on what to do before I reformate and delete everything?




Vertical345

Revenge was here.

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#2 14 years ago

did you try to delete them and reinstall the explorers? i once has a problem where IE wouldnt even open, i reinstalled it and then it worked ok. try that, and if it doesnt work, reformat it.




Peeping Tom

I take what n0e says way too seriously

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#3 14 years ago

You can't re-install under XP. It's "Integrated".




Vertical345

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#4 14 years ago

that sucks, i was lucky my problem was on my win 98 computer!

sometimes i think microsoft doesnt have a clue in the world as to what there doing, why would you integrate another program, have in there but allow you to delete it for gods sake!




emonkies

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#5 14 years ago

Can you check and make sure all your systems fams are working and make sure your CPU fam is working and not clogged.

Also find a freeware memory tester and test your memory. My system was getting really screwy and come to find out I had a bad RAM stick.

Also if your system is overheating it will get screwy too.




Pestilence64

Battlefield 2 ROX!

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#6 14 years ago

Run norton systemworks WinDoctor and a Defrag and Scandisk and make sure all those apps are up to date.




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#7 14 years ago

Turns out I was missing a service pack. I thought I had it since their was no problems in Windows Update or Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer but it seems to be fixed. I spoke too soon 8 minutes after making this reply it happened again after opening My Documents folder. Fans and cooling are just fine now im going to check my ram...




Spyder F-16

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#8 14 years ago

Run a virus scan and check for adware. Sometimes those can play a role. If Anything, Backup the stuff you want to keep, then reformat the hard drive to NTFS and reinstall XP.




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#9 14 years ago

Now im pretty sure its something with the os registry or something weird with the os. At least I have time to back things up before I reformate.