I'm pretty knowledgeable about computers, but this one has me stumped. Often time Explorer will just suddenly crash, usually when I'm just working with the stuff on the desktop. It simply cannot be a virus. I go to extraordinary lengths to protect myself, and I have scanned with Ad-Aware, Spybot, and Kaspersky, and most importantly Hijackthis. They all come up negative. That means it must be something else, and unless someone has got a better idea, I'm going to run the SFC and see if it's a problem with corrupted core OS files.
lol "Extraordinary lengths to protect myself" No matter how much birth control you have inplace, people still get prengant...
The same is said for a virus.
HiJackThis is simply shit. Run SDFix, SmitFraudFix and ComboFix. In addition to a MalwareBytes Anti Malware scan.
Ad-Aware is crap, as is Kaspersky.
Anyways, I agree its not likely to be a virus, you would have noticed other issues aswell. Run windows updates, if that doesn't fix it just reinstall the OS. (Its easy, put in the XP disk, let it detect a prior OS, But install anyways without formatting)
Kaspersky has worked well for me, though NOD32 is probably better. It's better than my Avast!/Comodo combination anyway, and I got it for only 15 bucks. Also, I use Spywareblaster and Firefox with Noscript. And when I do potentially dangerous work, it's with VMware. I've made numerous tweaks to make Windows more secure. Basically, I'm immune to malicious damage that isn't the direct result of an attack by a skilled cracker. In the wild viruses can't touch me. What is of some concern is that perhaps some part of that tweaking broke something at one point.
Do you have video files or pictures on your desktop? The preview feature can cause explorer to crash with some video files and pictures.
I'll post screenshots the next time it happens. I made tweaks to the services as recommended by Blackviper I also changed a few things with xp-antispy And TweakUI for Windows XP, as provided by Microsoft. There may be other things as well, but that is all that comes to mind at the moment. I will answer further questions regarding this as you ask them. Also, would it help if I provided a Hijackthis log? There's also a program I have called "getservice", a simply batch file which produces a list of all services installed on this machine and whether they are set to automatic, manual, or disabled.
That's hard to answer, I've been doing a lot of installing and rearranging lately since I reformatted not long ago. I've observed that it really only happens while I'm moving, copying, deleting, etc. any file on the desktop.
The error seems to occur only while moving, changing, deleting, and so on with any of the older files on my desktop. With great difficulty I managed to acquire these screenshots:
This one occurred while attempted to delete the "Dead Space" shortcut from my desktop. It fails to delete the file, and as far as I can tell, it's not going anywhere.
This one occurred under similar circumstances:
It appears to be some kind of memory error. I suppose I should add that...Memtest popped up with a ton of errors about a year ago, and I've ignored it since everything seems to have been fine, despite the occasional BSOD that says something "PAGE FAULT IN NON_PAGED AREA" or "MEMORY_MANAGEMENT".
Do you suppose this problem could be related to that?