First off, thanks to anyone taking the time to read this. This is a problem I've been having for quite some time now and I kept ignoring it, but now I think it's time I get help with it.
I'm running Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 on a 3-4-year-old PC (3.25GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz CPU, 250GB+750GB HDD, nVidia GeForce 7900GS GPU) and I'm pretty satisfied with it, both the OS and the PC.
Recently I was having some issues I suspected as malware, but after running some scans and trying out different configurations I detected that there was just a collision between two anti-malware programs (NOD32 and MalwareBytes AntiMalware). Uninstalling MBAM and reinstalling NOD32 fixed it. During the process, I reinstalled XP with my XP setup CD.
I'm not sure this is all relevant to my problem, but I just know any info may help.
Anyways, the error I'm getting has been an issue since before I reinstalled XP and it continues showing up even today.
Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
AppName: explorer.exe AppVer: 6.0.2900.5512 ModName: unknown
ModVer: 0.0.0.0 Offset: 04b29290
After I click "Send Error Report/Don't Send" I sometimes get a Dr. Watson error as well. In some cases I find that the only solution to get Explorer running again and the taskbar responsive again, is ending all explorer.exe and drwtsn instances via Task Manager.
It is a pain, though.
The weird thing about it though, is I get these errors even when an Explorer window is open in the background and I'm not doing anything. They pop up at random times, which is why I couldn't find the source of the problem on my own.
Thanks for any help!