Network place folder closes itself

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July 2, 2010 at 08:18:53
Specs: Windows XP
I have been having some issues with my desktop (Alienware 51 with XPSP3 Media Centre)

Stupid stuff, like being unable to Active Synch with my new Windows Mobile phone while my old one continues to work just fine (And the new one synchs fine with my laptop)

I am also having huge issues with my Windows Home Server and haven't been able to back up my PC....after trying a lot of things it appears to come down to an issue with this next step is going to be to install/uninstall the console....the problem is that everytime I start a back up fails saying "backup failed because the PC restarted....seems to me that this is starting to look like a network issue.

Then, while I was searching around trying to solve the latter issue I opened the network places folder.....and after a couple of seconds it closed on me.

I also tried to access workgroups and it closed on me as well.

I thought I saw an error message that said I wasn't authorized but I can't get it to come up again. I checked my used account and I am indeed the administrator.

This all seemed to get worse about a month ago when in trying to solve the mobile phone issue I was advised by the manufacturer's support team that the best they could figure it was a firewall issue.

ZoneLabs had me uninstall my ZLAV and dick around in services and in start up....when I got things back up and running I had lost the registration on a bunch of software and had to go back in and re enter all the keycodes (big pain) and there's still some stuff not running right.

So....what;s going on here....anyone got some ideas?????I am totally frustrated with this....

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July 3, 2010 at 01:04:56
Hammerman777, may not be your deal at all, but me and my paranoia... Sounds like a nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.) to me. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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July 3, 2010 at 07:40:09
Thanks...working through network magic and next ZoneLabs to check this..I have restored the entire default start up and boot which makes the boot up process very slow but still no job on the network folders issue.
Talking to Network Magic now to see if their software is in conflict.
ZLAV is up and running and includes spyware....etc

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November 27, 2010 at 15:35:28
I have uninstalled all my AV and firewall progams and still I have this issue which is also blocking me from accessing my home server...Does anyone have a clue about what's going on here because I have run deep malware scans and found nothing

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