corrupt explorer.exe xp

April 24, 2011 at 19:28:29
Specs: Windows XP, intel Q9650 / 3.25 GB
For a few days now I've been having problems with my icons disappearing, but this morning after a power outage shut down my computer, I couldn't get back my icons or task bar. I was able to get into safemode with networking and searched around the net for fixing a corrupt explorer.exe. They all entailed messing with the registry, which I've done before with success, but there always is that trepidation. I came upon a fix entailing Data Execution Prevention:
right click on my computer
click on advanced tab
click on perfomance settings
click on data execution prevention
check Dep for all programs and services except those I select.
Click add and insert explorer.exe
Click apply and restart computer.
I wish I could give him credit, but I can't find him again. It worked like a charm, but I'd like to ask you; should I still try to fix the corrupted file? He said the problem may be a thumbnail that has been attacked by a virus or became malformed. Any advice would be appreciated.

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April 27, 2011 at 04:20:50
Thanks for posting your info sallyayne, gives those googling another chance to find a fix.

It will be hard to find the original author, here are a few who post the same info.

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April 27, 2011 at 06:55:52
Thanks for the reply and finding the person who quoted the fix. The first link citing Vinod Patidar as the author, is the one that I used to apply the fix. But I did click on the other links, and what's got me worried is that I may be open to a virus; as one of the other authors said. As it is, my machine is so slow and I'm constantly told my virtual memory is running low. When I try to expand that folder and reboot, it only comes back the same numbers previous. I have a top notch computer with a terabyte hard drive, the limit for memory and up-to-date drivers, ran all kinds of scans including fix errors, and defrag, I'm still searching for what could be wrong. I'm dreading having to reformat and start all over again, as my restore point doesn't work either, and yes it's turned on. Thank you again.

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April 27, 2011 at 18:12:13
Hi sallyayne, here are some of the basic defense needs for your system. I use them every day, either on my computers or others that I am working on. Lets start with these, to check & try to find the reason for your slowness, formatting should not be necessary, just a matter of leaving no stone unturned. I will add more as we progress.

Reboot & test after running each program.

ATF Cleaner
This program is for Windows 98/ME/2K/XP and Vista!
Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browser
Click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browser
Click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.
This will remove all files from the items that are checked so if you have some cookies you'd like to save, please move them to a different directory first.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
If it won't run, rename the downloaded mbam-setup.exe file to mb.exe to help work around certain malware that will block it from being run.
If it still will not run.
1: Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and uninstall Malwarebytes.
Next redownload Malwarebytes but rename it before you download it to your desktop. As you are in the process of downloading when you get to the point that the "enter name of file to save to" box appears, in the "filename" slot, rename mbam-setup.exe to something.exe, then click Save.
If it installed but will not run navigate to this folder:
2: C:\Programs Files\Malwarebytes' AntiMalware
At the top of the page, Tools > Folder Options > View, click > Show hidden files and folders and untick > Hide extensions for known file types.
Rename all the .exe files in the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and try to run it again.
When it opens, update 1st.
If it won't update after installing, update manually.
Download & install.



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