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WIndows Explorer Error.....

by peterparker1977 / September 15, 2004 12:25 AM PDT

The other day, before shutting down I cleared all my temprorary internet files and my computer locked up. So I restarted it so I can shut it down properly and now I'm receiveing a windows explorer error. This happens right before the icons appear on my desktop. At this point, all I can do from there is ctrl+alt+del to close down. The error I'm receiving is:

explorer caused an invalid page fault in module explorer.exe at 017f:0040lf3l....

I tried starting in safe mode, which did not help. The error, however, changed to:

explorer caused an invalid page fault in module explorer.exe at 0167:0040lf3l....

I also tried step by step confirmation, and received the above error beginning with 017f...

At this point, I'm not too sure what I should be looking for. I'm running windows 98 se on a pentium III, 450 mhz. I haven't updated any drivers or installed any new software recently. I have, however, recently had problems with spyware. I ran adaware, which claimed to remove coolwwwsearch (or something like that), though subsequent searches would always find it again.

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give.

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Re: WIndows Explorer Error.....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 12:49 AM PDT
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Re: WIndows Explorer Error.....
by Kees Bakker / September 15, 2004 1:37 AM PDT

I'm afraid that this spyware (coolwebsearch is infamous) put something in temporary internet files which you deleted. And now ...
Try to find what causes this problem. But if you don't succeed you might have to start all over with a fresh install of Windows. Big problems. And no real help.


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Re: WIndows Explorer Error.....
by Cursorcowboy / September 15, 2004 10:40 PM PDT

The following articles from the Microsoft Knowledge Base library explains these type error message that you may receive when booting Windows, provides troubleshooting tips, and explains the information when you click the Details button and what information is displayed:


This program has performed an illegal operation
and will be shut down.

If the problem persists, contact the program

EXPLORER caused an invalid page fault in module EXPLORER.EXE

a. "Illegal Operations or Access Violations When Starting Windows (Q175930)."

b. "Explorer Caused an Invalid Page Fault in Module... (Q191609)."

c. "Error Message: Explorer Caused an Invalid Page Fault in Module Browseui.dll (Q293174)."

d. "Error Message When You Start Windows: C:\Windows\System\Msvcrt.dll Is Corrupt (Q302756)."

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try restoring registry to previous good boot date?
by reefurbb / September 16, 2004 3:08 PM PDT

F8 at boot, choose "command prompt only", type scanreg/restore and look at previous entries to choose a restore point.

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