I have a bit of a strange problem. Normally I have 1 instance of explorer.exe running in my task manager, however as of late as soon as I start browsing my files a second instance of explorer.exe starts up. Not only that but it completely takes over my CPU, running it at 99% and the ram usage for that instance of explorer.exe goes through the roof. Usually up to 320 MB.
My system is then completely unusable until it decided to give me control again, sometimes only after 5 to 10 mins. I've run a ton of AV scans, Ad-Aware, Spybot etc. and nothing comes up. Also my HjT log is clean. I keep my machine quite lean as it is not really high spec (P4 2.00 GHz with 512 MB Ram).
It looks as if Windows is stuck in a loop, wanting to do something but not able to find the right file or something. I'm looking at my TM now and it reads explorer.exe at 10 MB, completely normal. I start browsing and a second explorer.exe starts up and zooms off to 24 MB ( when I minimise the window it drops right down to 1 MB again.) I would like to get it back to having only 1 instance of explorer running regardless of the number of windows I open and most importantly keep the resource usage down.
I would appreciate it if anyone can point me in the right direction.
Edited by Hobgoblin, 07 January 2008 - 04:52 PM.