Explorer has caused an error in <unknown> when opening My Computer, Control Panel, etc.
Posted on 2004-08-05
This is a problem I've been experiencing for a couple of weeks now...whenever I try to open My Computer, My Documents, Control Panel or click on the Search For Files & Folders, I get an error message that says "Explorer has caused an error in <unknown>"
I've searched for similar problems and solutions on here, and have tried various remedies...nothing seems to work.
In Safe mode, the problem doesn't occur.
I do have AdAware with the latest updates, ran it, fixed problems....still doesn't help.
I've run SpyBot S&D 1.3 with the latest updates...it lists one problem, a DSO exploit that for some reason it will not fix...found a manual fix for the problem, tried it, still shows up as an error.
Norton Anti-Virus found 1 file and quarantined it.
I've tried to get the latest updates for Windows ME from Microsoft, however, you have to be using Internet Explorer to use their scan for updates feature, and whenever it starts to scan for updates, I get redirected to another page....very frustrating.
I've restored a previous backup of the registry, and this works temporarily. However, if I do anything like run SpyBot or AdAware again, it's back to the same error.
Occasionally I will get a different error message....once in a while it says "Explorer has caused an error in KERNEL32.DLL", and twice I've gotten an error message that said "Explorer has caused an error in SHELL32.DLL"
Short of re-installing Windows ME, or reformatting my hard drive and starting over, I don't know what else to try....and I'd rather not do either of those....too much stuff to re-install.
Please don't criticize my choice in operating systems....it's what was on the computer...I haven't upgraded because I hate Windows XP (i use it at work).
Any thoughts, ideas, anecdotes would be greatly appreciated.