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#1 rtgjeg

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 01:32 PM

Whenever I right-click an item, a menu appears and a split second later it disappears. This also happens with the Start Menu, and the address bar in explorer, IE6 and Firefox. Also the Ctrl-Alt-Del buttons do the same thing. This problem just started, so it might be a virus. I ran my virus scan program (AVG8) and Spybot Search and Destroy. They both found problems which I fixed, but when I rebooted, the disappearing problem still remained. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am using Windows XP Hom SP2.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 05:14 PM

Download and run ShellExView. It will scan the registry for all the shell extensions. Sort the results using "Type", so that the context menu handlers are displayed together.

Now disable the non-Microsoft context menu handlers one-by-one and test to see if your problem is solved. If disabling one does not solve the problem, undo the disabled item and disable the next non-Microsoft handler. Repeat this process until you identify the culprit.
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:31 PM

unfortunately, this didn't work. I'll keep trying. Any other ideas would be great.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 12:03 AM

You could try running the System File Checker.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 06:57 AM

Problem solved.
As usual, the problem didn't stem from Microsoft, it stemmed from a user doing something stupid (me). I know that ignorance is no excuse, but I used a program to send keystrokes to the computer without user input. I kept getting these popup dialogs that were not closed by my popup blocker. The dialog was a simple box that said "Are you sure you want to leave the page you are browsing" and asked the user to press OK or Cancel. Since pressing <ESC> is the same as hitting Cancel, I used a program to send an <ESC> key whenever the dialog appeared. Unfortunately, the dialog had no title, so I left the title field blank. Little did I know that this program treats all of my menus (Start, Right-Click, etc.) as dialog boxes. So every time I opened one of the menus, the program dutifully did what I told it to do. Send an <ESC> key. That is why the menus immediately closed. I disabled the program and everything is fine (except my wounded pride - how could I be so dumb).

So I guess the moral of the story is - be careful what you do, the results may not be what you expect.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:25 PM

Most of us have learned about computers this way. That's why I'm here - paying back that tech who selflessly helped to teach me when I was breaking systems frequently.
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