A Google search will show that there are numerous reports
of this error and most are not malware related. The error seems to be a common complaint with various causes (to include using registry cleaners
) and possible solutions. I would suspect that another application that is running or outdated/corrupted driver is causing explorer.exe to crash. When did it start happening? Did you install any new programs or update existing ones around the same time? Many applications have hooks into explorer.exe that could potentially cause this error due to bad drivers, corrupted executables, incompatibilities, and virulant modifications to applications.
Try re-installing the latest version of Microsoft Visual C++ run-time files
- (this is a self-extracting executable file that also installs the latest operating system components)
. After download, double-click on vc6redistsetup_enu.exe
to extract the setup file to a temp folder on C:\ - (if you don't have a temp folder, then create one before continuing)
. You will be presented with an End User License Agreement. Click Yes
to accept the license agreement. In the box that asks "Please type the location where you want to place the extracted files
", click Browse
, navigate to that folder, click on it, select Ok
, and then select Ok
again. A single file (vcredist.exe) will be extracted. Open the temp folder and double-click on vcredist.exe
to automatically install the runtime files. Delete the temporary setup files when done.