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Windows 7 - random Explorer.exe has stopped working

post #1 of 20
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So I ran my usual CCleaner like I do every week. I do not clean the registry. I only clear the temp/history/cookies/etc.

I restarted, loaded up all my stuff and got up to mix. I came to my PC for a second and went to type a song name in the start search bar, and as I was typing it said "Explorer.exe has crashed". It recovered afterwards almost immediately, but why the hell did it crash in the first place?

It has never done this. I left my computer on for like two weeks, during those two weeks I played games and everything you would normally do and it never happened. I've had my computer for almost a month and a half and it has NEVER done that. My overclock is 24/7 stable and has never crashed BSOD'd etc. My rig has never BSOD'd, etc.

Was it just one of those stupid things that sometimes happen in Windows for no apparent reason? Like I said, this is the first time it has happened.
Edited by pjBSOD - 4/15/11 at 7:03pm
post #2 of 20
I think its Virus / Malware.
Do scan using online antivirus=

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
post #3 of 20
Check your SMART on your HDD.
My HDD was acting funny the other day... When I checked the SMART data. It had bad sectors. I was wondering why explorer etc would crash.
post #4 of 20
an old trick I'd use 5 years ago when all I had was 1 dying 120gb drive was to ctrl+alt+delete kill explorer.exe and then go file>run "explorer.exe". It does nothing but restart the Windows GUI. its probably a lot less harmless than leaving your computer on for 6 weeks, no offense.
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Probably malware. Much more likely if you run as admin all the time. Do a System Restore if you can.

If it *is* malware, a local scan probably won't work. Try scanning with the Kaspersky boot disk.
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It's not malware. I also do weekly scans of MWB, never shows anything. I browse the web with Noscript, and I'd like to consider myself very smart with computers. I always check my processes to look for suspicious activity.

I'm paranoid, basically. It's not malware.
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbudden;13144906 
Check your SMART on your HDD.
My HDD was acting funny the other day... When I checked the SMART data. It had bad sectors. I was wondering why explorer etc would crash.

I've actually never checked the health of a HDD before, how would I go by doing that?
post #7 of 20
Run command prompt as admin, type sfc /scannow.

Afterwards type chkdsk and when it says if you'd like to run it after reboot, say yes.

See if those fix anything for ya smile.gif.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom1121;13145310 
Run command prompt as admin, type sfc /scannow.

Afterwards type chkdsk and when it says if you'd like to run it after reboot, say yes.

See if those fix anything for ya smile.gif.

I'll do that in a few minutes, thanks smile.gif

It's possible it was just a weird crash, I've never really seen that before though so I was a little concerned.
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Quote:
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I've actually never checked the health of a HDD before, how would I go by doing that?

CrystalDiskInfo

It's free and open source smile.gif
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Go into Event viewer -> Windows logs -> Application, and see what it says, i would filter by date so it's easier to find it, and the level should be Error.
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