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Computer keeps locking up/freezing when I use ANY desktop search software

Last Modified: 2013-12-08

I really need the capability of Desktop Search for all my mail and files etc. I was using Copernic quite regularly and just got a new Sony Vaio Z that I wiped clean and installed XP SP3 on. (Sony provided XP drivers). I reloaded Copernic and noticed my machine starting to freeze randomly. Ctrl-Alt-Delete will either do nothing, or go to a blank screen but never bring up the task manager. Often the window I am working in will continue to function but Explorer won't. When I go back to the original window it will then freeze as well. The only fix is a hard boot. I tried deinstalling Copernic and everything works fine. I then installed Microsoft Windows Desktop Search and the same problem began to occur. I deinstalled that, everything works fine, installed Google Desktop Search and BAM, freezes start to happen. I then ran through a bunch of troubleshooting and internet searches and re-enabled some XP services that I had disabled through the BlackViper website but cannot get a desktop search app to run without freezing my computer. I guess the questions come down to:
-what processes or DLLs are used by all 3 programs, or could it be a Hard Drive problem?
- I have tried running the task manager until it froze, not noticing anything spike.
-I have looked at event manager and didn't notice anything consistent
-I have used ProcMon to log until it freezes and again didn't see anything consistent.

Right now I have Copernic desktop search installed but disabled.

How do I troubleshoot this? Thanks.
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