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Windows explorer address bar resets at irregular interfals -- can't type in an address fast enough.

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Wow, this is very frusterating and has happened on several systems on my network.

If I try to type a location into the File Explorer address bar, it resets, mid typing, to the current location and does this at very quick intervals (not perfectly regular).

Clue:  I have deleted the local profile on a machine and re-logged in to resolve the issue previously -- but I don't want to have to do this each time the issue showes up.
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Try the System File Checker.  go to Start-> Run and type CMD and hit the Enter key. Then, in the CMD window that opens up, type these commands:

sfc /purgecache
sfc /scannow

that will check for corrupted or missing system files. Have your XP installation CD handy to provide backups to restore from.


It could also be a problem with malware.  Some free online virus scanners:

http://housecall.antivirus.com 

http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp 

http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm 

Also try these free programs to rid your system of spyware, trojans, and other malware:

http://download.com.com/3000-2144-10194058.html?tag=lst-0-1
Spybot - Search & Destroy

http://download.com.com/3000-2094-10045910.html?legacy=cnet
LavaSoft Ad-aware  

I use BOTH of the above programs on my 3 Windows systems; what one program misses, the other catches.  Also make sure to download the most up-to-date data before you run the programs.
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by:WallaceR
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Well, the problem disappeared after I asked the question, but I am sure that it will show its ugle face again sometime and I will try those things you meantioned.  The one thing that I knew fixed it was to delete the users profile on the local machine and allow it to be recreated (very annoying to have to do though).

I am not sure what to do in this instance (to accept the above comment or not)?

I will go ahead and accept and you can change it or remove the question (as I am not sure that the solution will work).
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by:biocenturyit
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Look to see if you have one or more network connections that are not getting a valid DHCP address or may have intermittent connectivity. In a recent case I handled, the cause turned out to be a 1 sec periodic oscillation induced by a DHCP request which was NAK'd by the DHCP server in an endless loop.  Clearing the error on the DHCP server for the related MAC address and IP address stopped the oscillation, resulted in a valid lease, and stopped causing explorer.exe to clear its address field.

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by:richlando
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I had this very same issue and it was caused by Tortoise SVN. Uninstalling and reinstalling Tortoise SVN resolved the issue.

RL
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