hello2 end program on shut down

March 12, 2011 at 09:40:03
Specs: Windows XP
I have a constant problem when shuting down my XP windows computer. When shutting down, the computer just sits there doing nothing, if I hit the space bar it pops up a box that says at top "hello2" and is a "program not responding, if ending now you may lose unsaved data..." etc and if I hit "end now" the computer then works as it should and shuts down.
Now, another thing that might be related. When I power up the computer, I get many (5-7) pop-up windows that are blank and say "blank window" up top, these only last for a second and then disappear. This happens everytime I power up and the above mentioned "hello2" not responding thing happens everytime I power down?

any straight forward remedy to find and fix this? I don't know if this is a virus related problem
thanks


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#1
March 12, 2011 at 11:13:24
Search on the web for: hello2 hangs on shut down
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hello2 is built into Windows
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wscript

Excerpts:

Content of a file hello2.wsf

<job>
<script language="VBScript">
MsgBox "hello world (from vb)"
</script>
<script language="JScript">
WSH.echo("hello world (from js)");
</script>
</job>

Security concerns

Windows applications and processes may be automated using a script in Windows Script Host. Viruses and malware could be written to exploit this ability. Consequently, some suggest disabling it for security reasons.[4] Alternatively antivirus programs may offer features to control .vbs and other scripts which run in the WSH environment.

One way to address security concerns about Windows Script Host is to change the default handler for the .vbs, .vbe, .js, .jse, .wsf, .wsh file types to edit rather than run.[5]
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My notes....

Clicking on [4] in that
goes to a reference to a link that no longer works.
Here's a similar one....

How to disable Windows Scripting Host
http://www.sophos.com/support/knowl...

Clicking on [5] in that
goes to a reference to this link
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...
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" Now, another thing that might be related. When I power up the computer, I get many (5-7) pop-up windows that are blank and say "blank window" up top, these only last for a second and then disappear. This happens everytime I power up and the above mentioned "hello2" not responding thing happens everytime I power down?"

Try disabling the Windows Scripting Host to if those "many (5-7) pop-up windows that are blank and say "blank window" up top" go away.

If not, the "many (5-7) pop-up windows that are blank and say "blank window" up top" may be symptoms of a failed software installation.

A common reason for software failing to install properly is there were one or more resident modules of anti-malware software running at the time.

See response 3 regarding disabling resident modules of anti-malware software:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

See response 14 in that if you have Panda Global Protection



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#2
March 12, 2011 at 17:14:15
One way to address security concerns about Windows Script Host is to change the default handler for the .vbs, .vbe, .js, .jse, .wsf, .wsh file types to edit rather than run.[5]

this sounds like what I should do but I need you to run me thru, step by step how to manually do this. I could not find the proceedure in any of the links you posted.
thanks again.


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#3
March 12, 2011 at 18:00:07
"One way to address security concerns about Windows Script Host is to change the default handler for the .vbs, .vbe, .js, .jse, .wsf, .wsh file types to edit rather than run.[5]"

I've never done that.
There may be other more straight forward explanations about how to do that elsewhere


All of the 4 "hot" links in response 1 here work.

In the WIKI article, clicking on [4] or [5] goes to a reference to a link at the bottom of the article - the first one doesn't work, the second one does.

See the link in response 1 to for How to disable Windows Scripting Host.

If that gets rid of both problems, then you can leave it disabled for the time being.

I have had Windows Scripting Host disabled in XP for quite a while and it hasn't caused me any problems. It is recommended to disable it if you don't need it otherwise on some sites because malware often makes use of it.


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