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Search function causes explorer.exe to eat 100% CPU

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#1 Hajduk


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Posted 19 October 2010 - 02:32 PM

Windows XP Pro SP3, Avira, Comodo FW. Since the end of last week, if I try to use the Windows Search function in MyDocs it runs all right until it gets to a particular folder with a name beginning with "G," and just keeps chasing its own tail in that folder. Explorer.exe immediately goes ape and uses 100% of CPU. Even if I stop Search and everything else running, explorer.exe won't quit, and I have to reboot to be able to use the computer at all.

Search identifies directories it is looking in, but not files. So I transferred all of the files in the G folder one by one to a new folder, doing a new search each time I moved one, and got to the file that set off the weird behavior. I eliminated this file and tried again. This time it got as far as another file, this time beginning (appropriately) with "F," and the whole problem came up again. I shut down, restarted, and now it goes crazy in the original "G" folder.

Avira, Spybot S&D, Malwarebytes, and McAfee Stinger find no malware. While any of these programs was running, the computer was v slow.

Where do I go from here?

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