Helpctr.exe runs amok
Posted on 2006-07-13
Periodically, when I turn on my Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop, i get multiple beep tones, and when windows finally boots, 50+ instances of helpctr.exe are running in the task manager processes. Completely stalls my system, I get messages about virtual memory being too low... eventually it freezes altogether. Help Center screens sometimes appear, but mostly it just stalls out.
I went to services.msc and changed helpctr to manual, and the next boot, I got about a 100 beep tones before windows ever loaded (trying to start helpctr?), but it booted (finally) with no instances of helpctr running.
I'm pretty good about security and spyware, I have AVG, Counter Spy, Ad-aware, and run CCleaner bi weekly
Help! I've googled the heck out of it, and only found one instance of this problem, with no answer, on an HP site.