I bought a new computer in February this year. From day one, before I even installed any programs or made any modifications, I started having those "IP Helper has stopped working" errors.
This seems to happen on a lose schedule too: as long as I would turn on my computer around the same time everyday, it would happen betwen 1 PM and 2 PM -- not every day, but almost. Sometimes it would go several days without this error occuring, other times it would happen every day.
During the summer, I started turning my computer on only in the evening, and the errors started happening at other times. Now I'm back turning my computer on around noon, and it started happening again between 1 and 2 PM.
Just to say that the error seems related with some losely scheduled background task, I assume.
When the error occurs, I'm not doing anything special on my computer -- it seems to happen regardless of what programs I have open, or even when I don't have any programs open and when I'm not even at the computer.
The only side effect I can see is that for a few seconds all open windows' edges seem to have a "double-edge", or maybe they lose their background color, not sure.
After a few seconds, the Vista interface seems to "reset" itself: the weird edges on open windows flash and turn back to normal, and the Vista toolbar flashes a flat gray and then comes back to normal too (except today, it stayed a flat gray for the first time).
Then all seems to work normally... until the next day.
Note that I use the plain "Windows Vista Basic" interface, NOT Aero, if that matters.
I have no idea what "IP Helper" is used for, or if it's really necessary. I wish I knew what scheduled program (or whatever it is) initiates this error on such a regular basis, and whether it could be disabled.
What could I try to prevent this annoying problem from reoccurring all the time?
Thanks for your advice and information.
System Specs in my profile.
Here's my latest HijackThis Log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:47:48 PM, on 10/28/2008
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal
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