Each time I start the computer, I get an error message that says
“Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered an error and needs to close"
Even so, everything looks fine - except the sound from my speakers completely stop.
I can't hear anything from the PC's speakers.
For example, I can see a movie DVD from my installed DVD ROM, but can't hear anything.
I have googled for this problem and amazed by the number of people affected.
But looks like each problem is different.
Nevertheless, I have tried some solutions offered by those affected.
* Disable automatic updates from Microsoft,
* Use 'FirewallLeakTester' to close ports 135, 137 and 445.
* Download and run Microsofts' recommended Hot fixes, Patches etc .
I get some relief but at the next boot, the error message reappears.
Another way I immediately fix the problem, is to go to Start, Run and type services.msc
and from there look for Windows Audio.
If it doesn't stay 'Started' and 'Automatic', I right click on Windows' Audio and then select
Start and the sound system thereafter works without any problem.
That is, until the PC's next reboot.
My PC is running Windows XP Pro with Microsoft's Service Pack 3.
The system, I believe, is well protected with Nod32 AntiVirus, Malwarebytes AntiMalware,
SuperAntiSpyware, Spyguard and also with Windows Defender.
All are updated regularly.
I use utilities like 'Sandboxie' and'Returnil', if I am not sure of any websites authenticity.
How I landed up with this problem is therefore, baffling!
I am not sure if this problem is Malware, Spyware, a Virus or a Worm.
Whatever it is, it's driving me nuts!
Any help in resolving this issue is gratefully appreciated.
Edited by jnulu, 26 January 2009 - 01:23 PM.