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Explorer Error Message

by animetomboy13 / July 22, 2004 7:00 AM PDT

This started happening a day or two ago, and I don't understand it.

When I try to open my folders or my search I get a message that says:

Explorer has causes an error in SHDOCVW.DLL.
Explorer will now close.

If you continue to experience problems,
try restarting your computer.

Now, I've restared my computer many times, yet I still get the same message.

I recently rebooted this computer three times in a row and it was working fun up until now.

Can anyone explain how to fix this to me?

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Watch those typographic errors.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2004 8:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Explorer Error Message

"Explorer has causes an error in SHDOCVW.DLL." shows not a single person has written this according to Google.

However finds a very short list and GUESS WHAT? We see a big reference to our dear old companion MR. SPYWARE!

Let me ask two questions:

1. What tools do you use to keep SPYWARE and PARASITES off your machine?

Hint: It's not Norton.

2. What alternative BROWSER do you use to keep out of the line of fire from malware writers and Microsoft?

Hint: It's not Internet Explorer.


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Re: Watch those typographic errors.
by Aivas / July 23, 2004 4:09 AM PDT

Gee, Bob...didn't you see my hand frantically waving in the back of the virtual room?

(Of course, everybody ELSE already knows this...)

1. Adaware -OR- Spybot -OR- CWShredder

2. Mozilla -OR- Opera -OR- alternate browser of choice

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Those are great tools to get out of and stay out of
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2004 5:09 AM PDT

"Trouble." Thanks for spreading the word.


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Re: Explorer Error Message
by animetomboy13 / July 25, 2004 7:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Explorer Error Message

Thank you very much for your help. However, the computer had to be rebooted anyway. It's okay now, and at least I know who to come running too when I need help again. Happy

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Re: Explorer Error Message
by billstott / August 6, 2004 5:56 AM PDT

I have the exact problem, but the responses sounded more like a 20 guestions game. I could not follow it.

I still have the problem and cannot punch up anything on windows, as the error wipes it off when I close.

Any simple kindergarden help would be appreciated.

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You solved it before?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 6, 2004 6:47 AM PDT

Wasn't your fix the last time to use IERADICATOR and reinstall IE6?

Just wondering. Since IE is the cause of this and the open exploits that let other MALWARE writers mess up your machine, why not take my advice to use Mozilla and Firefox so you don't have to keep fixing IE?


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Re: You solved it before?
by billstott / August 6, 2004 8:21 AM PDT
In reply to: You solved it before?

I was never able to fix it before, just changed hard drives, and started over.

I now used IERADICATE, it changed all the desktop icons to small blocks. Since I cannot get on line, how can I reinstall IE6???

Nothing ever comes out like it seems and then it becomes two inches above my furated head. Thanks

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Re: You solved it before?
by billstott / August 6, 2004 8:36 AM PDT

Great, now I cannot even get to my desktop. I get Cndninst has caused an error in (unknown).

When I close it I lose it all and go back to a blank screen. Must reboot to start the cycle all over again.

Any suggestions, short of a major fire?????? Thanks.

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Here's the method...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 6, 2004 9:27 AM PDT

Before one uses IERADICATOR, you install some other browser so you still have easy internet access. Then you use IERADICATOR to dust off IE, then Firefox or other to fetch IE6 and reinstall. This (for me) is a rather extreme method of fixing many of the malwares I run into.

IEFIX is also able to repair some IE issues, but not all. This is why the IERADICATOR path is the alternative short of a full OS install.

Even if you don't have a web browser, I could still FTP the browser in. Here's the usual... Open a COMMAND WINDOW and CD to your selected directory and ....

Connected to
220-Welcome to!
220-This is the main distribution point of software and developer tools
220-related to the Mozilla project. For more information, see our home
220-page ( Go here to download Netscape Communicator:
220-A list of's mirror sites can be found at:
220-This site contains source code that is subject to the U.S. Export
220-Administration Regulations and other U.S. law, and may not be exported
220-or re-exported to certain countries (currently Afghanistan (Taliban
220-controlled areas), Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea,
220-Sudan and Syria) or to persons or entities prohibited from
220-receiving U.S. exports (including Denied Parties, entities on the Bureau
220-of Export Administration Entity List, and Specially Designated Nationals).
220-If you plan to mirror our site read our crypto FAQ. Send mail to to be added to our mirrors list.
220-We do not guarantee that any source code or executable code
220-available from the domain is Year 2000 compliant.
220-Contact with any problems. 24
220 FTP server (SunOS 5.8) ready.
User ( anonymous
331 Guest login ok, send your complete e-mail address as password.
230 Guest login ok, access restrictions apply.
ftp> cd pub/
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> bin
200 Type set to I.
ftp> dir
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
total 138208
drwxr-sr-x 4 1004 7753 4096 Aug 4 11:03 .
drwxrwsr-x 8 1041 7753 4096 Aug 4 10:10 ..
-rwxr-xr-x 1 1004 7753 6285586 Aug 4 10:08
-rwxr-xr-x 1 1004 7753 5082708 Aug 4 18:05 FirefoxSetup-0.9.3.exe
-rw-r--r-- 1 1004 7753 453 Aug 4 18:05 MD5SUMS
drwxrwsr-x 2 1004 7753 4096 Aug 4 10:08 contrib
drwxrwsr-x 2 1004 7753 4096 Aug 6 13:34 contrib-localized
-rwxr-xr-x 1 1004 7753 8344026 Aug 4 10:03 firefox-0.9.3-i686-linux-g
-rwxr-xr-x 1 1004 7753 8039237 Aug 4 10:04 firefox-0.9.3-i686-linux-g
-rwxr-xr-x 1 1004 7753 8931599 Aug 4 10:07 firefox-0.9.3-mac.dmg.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 1004 7753 33945173 Aug 4 11:01 firefox-0.9.3-source.tar.
226 ASCII Transfer complete.
ftp: 852 bytes received in 0.02Seconds 42.60Kbytes/sec.
ftp> get FirefoxSetup-0.9.3.exe
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for FirefoxSetup-0.9.3.exe (5082708 byte
226 BINARY Transfer complete.
ftp: 5082708 bytes received in 56.33Seconds 90.23Kbytes/sec.
ftp> quit
221 Goodbye.


And the Firefox setup starts.

Hope this helps.


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Re: Here's the method...
by billstott / August 6, 2004 9:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Here's the method...

You have got to be kidding, Thanks

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Not kidding.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 6, 2004 10:32 AM PDT
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Re: Not kidding.
by billstott / August 9, 2004 8:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Not kidding.

I read your 2,000 pages. Very well put across. I started in 84, wrote six languages and my first modem I could ring up the library, after struggleing with code for a couple days. So exciting. CCant remember my middle name any more.

I downloaded and backed up on CD, firefox, google, IE6, netscape, but they would all come out with the same error, but with a diffewrant name. Explorer has caused an error in (unknown), then wipes the screen when I close the note.

Put in new ethernet adaptors, no luck. I did everything you told me to do except the long program, that blew my mind.

Just miles of vaulable junk, but suspose I had better start backing up.

Can I reformat my priminary dist with out screwing up my secondary disk??? Also can I still use "del" directory to remove something from DOS????

Thanks again.

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It's something.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2004 8:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Not kidding.

But it hasn't revealed itself to me in your posts.

Let me be very blunt (in as friendly way as I can). I bet after your last run-in that you persisted in using Internet Explorer. After last week and a deluge of machines that "Tech" is now cleaning it, it is, in my view that Internet Explorer is a dangerous program that is trying to pretend its useful.

This time, pick Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape (current versions only) and only use IE when you have no other choice. Otherwise, you'll get to do the over and over. The boards here are filling with spyware, parasite and pest issues. It's your choice on this, but I feel you should read it here.


OK, why format the drive? For me, I could boot a DOS DISKETTE and DELTREE C:\WINDOWS and C:\PROGRA~1 too. Then I have nothing left of Windows or the programs installed there. A test with SCANDISK and I can begin the OS install.


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Re: It's something.
by billstott / August 9, 2004 4:24 PM PDT
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Thanks for staying with me, old buddy. I had decided to put this whole concil out behind the wife's car and while I was cleaning up two weeks of clutter and disks from trying to fix this *****, I came across a disk of over a year old. It was a registery back up, slipped it in and in two minutes we were back track.

Probably I can blame this on spybot, but will never know.

I am glad I worked my way through the article, It was exclent reading.Most people should read it but won't. Mostly things I knew, but the knowledge gets fragmated and that was well written. Never did know for sure why windows was a bunch of crap, but as long as they use the Quetery keyboard and buy greeting cards instead of making them, they will use windows mo matter how bad it gets, so have a lot of money with Microsoft.

Thanks, I will be back, I am sure.
Bill Stott

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