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  1. pasco

    pasco Thread Starter

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    seems everytime I try to access my control panel an error

    message come up and says explorer page fault error if it persists cantact you software vendor.. can you help
     
  2. Davey7549

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    It appears one of your .cpl Control Panel programs may be corrupt. They all are activated when you click on control panel. The way to find out which one is causing the error is to go to find\search and type in *.cpl then enter. All programs associated with control will appear. Double click them one at a time, which will open them, then close them if successful. Repeat the double click to open process going down the list until you find the problem program. At that point you can extract a new copy of it.
    Come back and list which one appears corrupt.

    Dave
     
  3. pasco

    pasco Thread Starter

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    its fastfind.cpl can I get one
     
  4. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    You don't need it.

    It's a totally useless part of MS Office, and you need to disable it anyway.

    Go to Start > Run > Msconfig, and uncheck FindFast on the Startup tab, click OK, and reboot.

    Now find findfast.cpl, and rename it to findfast.bak.

    Now try opening Control Panel.

    Cheers,
     
  5. pasco

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    thanks for thr help...You guys are great
     
  6. TonyKlein

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    You're welcome! :)
     
  7. Davey7549

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    Fastfind? Not sure what that is! Could be third party software.
    Are you sure it is not FindFast? If it is FindFast is an idea Microsoft thought was a great idea but indeed was a resourse hog and usually caused more problems then it was worth. Here is what FindFast is:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q166302&

    Under normal circumstanses here is the method of removing FindFast from your system but since the method requires you to open the FindFast.cpl file that is not an option.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q158705

    Heres what we can do:
    1) Read the remove article and do step 7. After you have removed FindFast from the startup folder then restart system.
    2) Locate the Findfast.cpl which should be in C:\Windows\System folder and rename it FindFast.old
    3) If you have a copy of Office 97 the findfast.cpl should be available on the CD. Browse the CD and see if you can locate it and copy it. Once copied open the C:\Windows\system folder and paste it in there. If you cannot locate it on the Office 97 CD it may be buried in a cab file. If so then you can.....
    4) Go to Start\run and type in SFC and click the extract button. Point SFC to the CD and have it place the Findfast.cpl in C:\Windows\System folder.
    5) Recreate shortcut after new FindFast.cpl is in place, also in article.

    Note: Another Option is Remove Findfast see article item 7 use install CD maintenance mode to remove and then use install CD to reinstall.

    Hope that helps.

    Note: If it is not FindFast and is indeed FastFind then is it one of these listed in this search?
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=fastfind
    Possibly Symantecs software.

    Dave

    PS: Seems Tony came to the same conclusion while I was crafting the answer.
     
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