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Windows search problem

by kjsurvivor / September 6, 2008 10:43 AM PDT

I have a desktop intel quad-core using xp.
When I use the search function and then try to stop it or do somthing else my computer stops responding and I'm forced to power down inorder to restart.
Any ideas on what the problem could be??

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Tried Running Error Checking/Chkdsk?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 7, 2008 4:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows search problem

A few things I'd try..

1. Follow the instructions in the link below to run Error Checking on XP:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

2. Disable/Enable the "Indexing Service", use the opposite of whatever your current setting is.. (Click on Start-Run, type "services.msc", then click on OK.. When the "Services" window opens, scroll to and double click on the "Indexing Service", then click on the ""Stop" button and change the "Startup Type" to "Manual"..)

Hope this helps.


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by jimsad / January 14, 2009 9:16 PM PST

Thanks Grif,

It worked a treat

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Search facility 'locks out' Start menu & task bar
by jimsad / February 22, 2009 9:52 PM PST

Last month I contacted Cnet regarding the same problem.
A reply from Grif Thomas fixed the problem immediately, (thanks again Grif).

However the same problem has re-ocurred. When I try to access the 'search facility' from the 'start-menu', the start menu & task bar lock out.I need to reboot to continue.

Grif's idea doesn't help this time.

Any ideas ?


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Just A Thought...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 23, 2009 12:36 AM PST

If you haven't checked already, it could be a malware problem on your computer, Please follow the instructions below to download, install, update, then run a full system scan with the free SuperAntispyware removal tool.:

Please download the program and it's manual updater from the links below.. Run the installer, then the updater and run scans in both Safe Mode and "normal" Windows till nothing further is detected.


SuperAntispyware Manual Updater

If they won't install or run initially, (some types of malware block the common file names for removal tools.), try renaming the file names to get them going.

Hope this helps.


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