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Application instances stay running after program is closed

by expat1966 / July 27, 2008 6:43 AM PDT

I hope someone can help with this issue. About six months ago I started noticing that applications were not shutting down correctly - instances would still be running in processes and I need to use task manager to shut them down. This happens with all MS office applications, Firefox, all Adobe CS3 applications and sometimes other misc applications. Usually the programs do not shut down properly but just occasionally they will. It makes no difference how the programs are closed down - they stay running as instances regardless of closing procedure. I'm used to routinely having task manager up constantly to combat the problem and from time to time I'll google this problem, but I've only found mention of the issue relating to specific MS applications - usually Outlook. Outlook does not shut down for me but nor does almost everything else - any solutions that I've found relating to Outlook not shutting down have not worked for me.
My specs briefly are:

Windows XP Pro SP2-Build 2600
Intel Core2 Duo E6700
Asus Striker Extreme Mainboard
BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 640Mb
4Gb Corsair XMS2 Dominator SDRAM

All my drivers, including BIOS are up to date.


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Outlook has a long history of that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 6:47 AM PDT
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I wish it was just Outlook that I had the issue with
by expat1966 / July 27, 2008 7:44 AM PDT

It wouldn't be so bad if it was just Outlook, but it happens with pretty much everything I open and if I don't find a solution soon I'll probably just do a clean re-install of everything.

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Are there any more clues to share?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 10:03 AM PDT

Such as P2P use, infections that were cleaned off, etc?

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This is my edit station primarily...
by expat1966 / July 27, 2008 11:24 AM PDT I'm pretty careful what I allow onto/into it - fairly high security level - No P2P use at all - no infections according to Norton 360 & Spyware Doctor...I also tried running McAfee about a month after it started happening with no results coming up. I read that Norton 360 does some weird stuff to some people - do you think that may be causing the issue?

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McAfee too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 10:01 PM PDT

Given the issues with those two you can always eject them and try some freebie combos like Avast or AVG and Zone Alarm for the firewall.

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same problem
by vincemarie / September 7, 2008 12:09 AM PDT

I have the same exact problem. my computer is clean of viruses, trojans, etc. at least i thing it is. i just update to service pack 3 hoping it will solve the problem, but nothing.
a solution would be much appreciated since i don't feel like reinstalling windows and all the different apps i have.

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The Outlook issue is..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2008 12:12 AM PDT
In reply to: same problem

Enduring and to some endearing as Microsoft has yet to issue a final cure. For now, for today the answer is to replace software that doesn't work for you.

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This usually happens because of ...
by Edward ODaniel / September 7, 2008 6:46 AM PDT
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someone using P2P software, registry "cleaners", an improper DLL, and for various other reasons and regretfully the usual cure it to "undo" registry "cleaner" changes and if that fails to uninstall then re-install all applications.

If the cause might be suspected to be an improper DLL it is usually related to instances when the problem was noted shortly after installing some application, utility, or even driver and sometimes uninstalling that app, utility, or drive will fix the problem.

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