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fix for explorer crashes after running combofix


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#1 rasker

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 12:09 AM

First off, thanks for creating this useful site. Many times I google and it brings me here. :thumbsup:

I have been using combofix on the odd occasion for a few months. Really a great piece of software as is dial-a-fix. Usually after a cleanup run (it hasn't failed me yet) I get explorer crashes. This problem has been on my mind as the last time it happened I ended up reinstalling windows (very time consuming, annoying and boring). This time around combofix found a rootkit, cleaned it and explorer started crashing.

The symptoms were if any folder/foldershortcut or recycle bin was opened from the desktop closing the window would crash explorer and it would restart. The same folder if opened/closed from the start menu would not crash.

After much investigation and time spent looking at filemon traces (I suspected that some explorer extension was either corrupted or deleted) I discovered that Free Download Manager was the culprit. Disabling/re-enabling monitoring in 'download options-> monitoring' seems to have fixed the problem (hooray!).

As an aside another app that causes explorer crashes (just by installing it) is winmount version 3.

Hope this helps someone.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 11:05 AM

I'm assuming you've read the disclaimer on Combofix. Just remember when it screws up, you're on your own
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