Windows Legacy OS forum


Explorer Always Stops on Sunday

by sdculp / June 21, 2011 11:29 PM PDT

Windows XP Home, Sp 3, all updates.For the past few months I have been trying to fix a problem which only happens on Sunday.Each Sunday morning, when I start the computer it works fine. Then, when I shut down and start up again or restart the computer locks up at the desktop. No messages. Folders will open, but nothing will execute. When Task Manager is opened, nothing in particular shows, but the taskbar disappears and the only way to start it again is to do a hard restart. The computer will stay locked up after reboots until restored with Acronis. Safe Mode works OK. The mystery to me is that if Explorer is corrupted in Windows, why not in Safe Mode? Apparently something in Windows starts on a Sunday and keeps running when Windows is started, thereafter. Recently I discovered that, when copied to the desktop got things going again, but I will have to wait a week to find out if it works again. But that's not a fix. If whatever is running and stopping Explorer, why doesn't it "recorrupt" after have been working with msconfig, Startup Delayer, ShellxView and Codestuff Starter to try to stop functions during startup but have had no luck so far. These programs give somewhat different results, so it is difficult to decide which to stay with because anything I try takes a week to find out if it works. I have also used Ccleaner and chkdsk with no results.Acronis will get me running for another week.I've looked through all the software that I can find which updates on Sunday. I found a couple and stopped them but it didn't help.I use Avast! and have run AdAware, Spybot, AVG and Malwarebytes but found nothing.My theory is that "something" happens on a Sunday which corrupts Explorer, and Explorer will remain corrupted until fixed.It has occurred to me to locate every file listed in msconfig, Startup Delayer, ShellxView and Codestuff Starter which has not been stopped and try running it to see if it will stop Explorer, but that's a big task and I don't know if this is a good idea or not.There's something else which may or not be related. Once in a while (every few days or so) I will get a message that says "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close". After checking that away nothing else happens and Explorer continues to work OK.I would appreciate any suggestions which will help me put a stop to this very annoying problem.Thank you.

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Explorer Always Stops on Sunday
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Explorer Always Stops on Sunday
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Clarification Request
No answers, just wild guesses
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 22, 2011 7:09 AM PDT

The first one is really wild.

Since this appears to happen every Sunday, what else happens on a Sunday where you are? I don't know what area to point you in, but, say, any excessive power usage anywhere?

Are any of your scanners set to scan on Sunday, either through their own settings or via the Task Scheduler?

I see you run Avast, AVG, Malwarebyte's Anti-malware, as well as Spybot and Lavasoft's AdAware. We are now finding that certain combinations of security utilities are "Toxic" and can cause unusual events. We don't recommend more than one anti-virus anyway, but sadly nowadays we also find that Spybot's Tea_timer and Lavasoft's AdWatch can cause conflict with other more comprehensive security utilities. I would recommend relying on only one anti-virus, and uninstalling both Spybot and Lavasoft, but disable their Tea-Timer and AdWatch first, respectively.

It seems that is a "File Association" fix for .exe files and I am unclear why the system would fail in the way you describe, but will work when you run this fix. Where did you find the suggestion to run this?

It's interesting that Safe Mode works, so this suggests there is nothing fatally wrong with the system. When it locks up on reboot, take a note of the time, and when you can again get the OS to boot properly, (or even in Safe Mode), have a look at the Event Viewer for 'Applications' and 'System' for the time you noted, and see if there is anything significant.

That's all I can suggest at this time.


All Answers

Collapse -
Sunday deja vu
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2011 7:15 AM PDT
Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

Smart Home Help

Light bulbs you shouldn't buy

There are plenty of dimmable LED light bulbs, but make sure you don't buy the ones that flicker when you dial them down.