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When I am in windows explorer and I click on anything my computer freezes. It can be any where from a few seconds to a few minutes. It doesn't happen at any particular time or doing anything specific. I do have this problem elsewhere but the biggest issue is when I am in windows explorer. I have windows 2000 professional service pack 4. I have run spyware progs but I can find nothing. Please advise. Thank you.
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Dang a lot of people looking but no one has any advice? Would sure appreciate some help. Thank you.
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This problem is usually too many (or too resource demanding) background processes. What happens is that you ask explorer to do something, it gets added to the list of requirements demanded of the system, and either memory or CPU is overtaxed. The system has too much to do, has no judgement to choose, tries to do everything at once and locks up. Use the tools below to get a handle on the processes and Services that start with windows and run in the background. Of course, malware can never be assumed to be absent. Make sure that you are not hosting anything. The security section offers lots of self help guides. Here's a bunch of goodies:

To check out processes (and dlls):
http://www.ppedia.com/
http://www.fileresearchcenter.com/
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm
http://www.kephyr.com/filedb/index.php
http://www.what-process.com/lists.aspx
http://exelib.com/
http://www.processlibrary.com/

Guides to msconfig:
http://www.perfectdrivers.com/howto/msconfig2.html
http://www.sb-cg.com/news.asp?strPageRequest=msconfig

My preferred method for controlling start-ups:
http://www.winpatrol.com/

Sysinternals free Process Explorer
(What Taskmanager wants to be when it grows up)
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...ssExplorer.mspx
Download link at bottom of page

Best current information on XP Services
(running under svchost)
http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm

Terrific free little screen capture tool
(full or part-prints also)
http://faststone.org/FSCaptureDetail.htm
 
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