right click freeze on desktop

  stuj 30 Sep 09
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my home pc was in storage for 2 years, when i took it out and conected it to the internet i was careful only to allow updates, windows, avast, zone alarm, ccleaner, i then added spyware blaster and eraser. now every time i right click on the desktop the computer freezes, cant even open taskmanager by right clicking on the tray. i then have to use ctrl, alt, delete to shut it down, the only programme that comes up to 'shut down now' is explorer.exe. i have scanned both boot time and full with avast, ran a full scan with windows defender, ran both spybot and adaware, nothing.
ran a search for explorer.exe, found 2, 1 was windows:c the other was windows:c/ service pack files.
the computer is running xp. any help would be much appreciated

  MAT ALAN 30 Sep 09

click here
possible solution...

  stuj 30 Sep 09

sorry but i struggle to understand some of the information contained in these links. also they are 2 years old, microsoft should have solved this problem by now?

  woodchip 30 Sep 09

sounds like the extra programs you loaded is doing it not viruses etc

  woodchip 30 Sep 09

Why not simply do a System Restore to before the Program instalation

  gigagiggles 01 Oct 09

hello.

after reconnecting with the internet, how often did you run the windows update? is it automatic update and always connected?

also, in the windows update panel, look at the update history. are there any failed installs?

i don't use automatic update. so i don't know what components might be ignored by the auto search - such as vc++ redistributable, direct x.

two years is a long time. in pc years, it may be decades of software and hardware driver technology changes outside of the xp operating system. the updated operating system may not be playing nice with the older software and drivers.

  stuj 01 Oct 09

all the restore points i try come back cannot restore no changes were made

  stuj 01 Oct 09

after reconnecting with the internet, how often did you run the windows update? is it automatic update and always connected?


the update is automatic but my internet is through a dongle so is not always connected


also, in the windows update panel, look at the update history. are there any failed installs?

sorry how do i get to this

i don't use automatic update. so i don't know what components might be ignored by the auto search - such as vc++ redistributable, direct x.

two years is a long time. in pc years, it may be decades of software and hardware driver technology changes outside of the xp operating system. the updated operating system may not be playing nice with the older software and drivers.

how do i update my drivers
i have checked and downloaded all available windows updates

  woodchip 01 Oct 09

Have you tried removing the Programs you added before the Problem

  gigagiggles 01 Oct 09

hello.

"how do i update my drivers?

i have checked and downloaded all available windows updates"

windows updates typically do not include video card drivers. if your pc's a laptop, you may have to go to the laptop manufacturer's website to get the drivers. otherwise, go to the video card maker's website for them. the same options would apply for other hardware in your pc.

as for the windows update panel, i haven't used xp in a "long" while. someone else will have to help with details. but if you know where the "control panel" is, then "windows update" will be in there.

  gazzaho 02 Oct 09

I've read that sometimes a program can add an entry to the right click menu in order to perform an action without having to open the program first. For instance a virus checker can add a "Scan File For Viruses" entry to the right menu button, these entries can be badly written and sometimes cause the right click to become unresponsive for long periods of time.

I found this post click here which may relate to your problem, The Spyware Blaster and Eraser programs may have added entries to the right click menu which are causing your computer to freeze up when right clicking.

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