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  1. Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
  2. Nope, how do I do that? Ran ShellExView, nothing listed there that shouldn't be there. Other than Microsoft stuff, the only other programs listed were WinRar, OpenOffice, and Nvidia items. Tried disabling each of them one by one but nothing happened. Since this crash seems to be completely random when it happens, I don't know how to bring it about to actually test these extensions. I'll try Process Monitor next. Thanks so far.
  3. Ever since I installed Windows 10 Pro about a year ago, I've had random crashes, most of the time while in a game. After this happens, I check Event Viewer which has an event stating that game I was in at the time crashed. When one of these crashes happened, I'd be kicked out to desktop and most of the programs in my Notification area would vanish from view or restart themselves. Tonight I had one of these crashes happen while in Windows. I wasn't even doing anything at the time. There were no browsers open, nothing going on. Here's what Event Viewer had to say: Faulting application name: Explorer.EXE, version: 10.0.16299.125, time stamp: 0xfeba44fb Faulting module name: Explorer.EXE, version: 10.0.16299.125, time stamp: 0xfeba44fb Exception code: 0xc0000409 Fault offset: 0x00000000000d5b96 Faulting process id: 0x1d24 Faulting application start time: 0x01d3b76ce930a4a2 Faulting application path: C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE Report Id: f9b72f78-863c-4a2e-bed1-3f967f7fbfc2 Faulting package full name: Faulting package-relative application ID: Same symptoms as before. Stuff in my Notification area/System tray started resetting or had their icons vanish entirely. Made a note of the time this event happened and saved the above event before rebooting. These crashes seem to happen at completely random times. Doesn't seem to matter what I'm doing but this happens every couple of days. Tonight was just the first time it happened while not in a program or game of any sort. I'll take any help I can get to sort this out.
  4. I'll try and describe this the best I can. I'll be sitting in Windows (mine being Windows 10 Pro) and the taskbar will completely vanish. Shortly after this happens the entire screen turns the color of what the taskbar was at the time. The keyboard still works when this happens but nothing pops up when the Windows key is pressed. The only thing that I can get to show up on the screen is Task Manager when I hit CTRL+ALT+DEL. After rebooting from this (since nothing else fixes it) I go into Event Viewer and look to see if there is any error at the time of this happening, and there never is. This happens completely without warning and occurs maybe once or twice a month. I haven't kept track of it exactly but it isn't an everyday thing. It seems to be pretty random when it happens, I'm not doing the same thing everytime it occurs so I have no idea what the cause is. I appreciate any feedback.
  5. I've noticed an irritating little bug that Windows 10 Pro has. If I click on the taskbar (the bar itself, not any of the icons) and then click anywhere on the desktop, the taskbar blinks/flashes. I can replicate this 100% of the time. Is there anyway to fix this?
  6. I'm currently using Windows 10 Pro. I've noticed that at seemingly random times that I will lose icons in my system tray area. Whenever this happens I immediately right click the tray, bring up the settings, and click on "Select Which Icons Appear on the Taskbar" under "Notification Area". The programs I've lost from the System Tray are listed and are set as being on, but the icon next to them is blank. The unaffected programs that are still in the System Tray are also still set to being on and they have their icons where they should on the list. Switching the button next to the affected icons from On to Off and On again does not fix the issue. Only manually starting up each program again and restarting their system tray icon options fixes them. I've run Event Viewer after the most recent occurrence and it did not show anything odd having happened at the time. I'm attaching a screenshot. Two of the programs in question are NVIDIA Settings and PowerChute System Tray Power Icon (my surge protector program). Hopefully someone knows what causes this to happen. It's never a set time of day when this happens. Seems to be completely random and it doesn't happen everyday either.
  7. So I recently picked up Windows 10 after having Windows 7 64bit for a long time. I installed the OS by itself onto a new SSD and wiped clean my old hard drive (not an SSD) to use for everything not OS related. Installed Steam on it just fine and installed a few games. This new setup is using a new motherboard, CPU, and GPU as well. It was during this time that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands was having it's first open beta. My brothers and I installed it. They were able to run it fine. Whenever I started it my monitor would lose its signal and one of the fans inside my PC would get really loud (this occurred within a few seconds of the opening cinematic starting, so I never made it to the actual game itself). I was in a Steam voice chat with my brothers at the time and could still talk to them as it was happening but ultimately I shut the PC down and tried again after a few minutes. Same result. The beta ended shortly thereafter and I started trying various other games in my Steam Library to see if it happened again. It did, with Rise of the Triad (the 2013 remake). This game ran just fine on my old Windows 7 PC. After making a post on the Rise of the Triad Steam forums, a user there suggested I turn off the games PhysX (it was already off by default) and run the executables in the games DirectX and Redist folders. Doing that second part fixed the game. I thought I had solved the issue but a third game (Far Cry 2) has had the same problem come up and trying the DirectX trick didn't work this time. My Windows 7 PC was using an Nvidia GTX 670, this one is running an Nvidia GTX 1060. Both OS's are 64 bit. Latest graphics drivers installed, latest DirectX installed, etc... What causes a program launch to make the monitor lose signal and fan speed inside to increase dramatically? I'm not sure which fan it was by the way. The new CPU is an Intel i5-6500, the new mobo is an Asus Prime B250M-A.
  8. This week my Logitech G110 keyboard has started to behave in an annoying manner. I've only had it a few months, so it's still relatively new. Basically what happens (and it's happened twice in the last two days) is that I'll be doing something on the computer and the keyboard randomly just dies. The keys, which are backlit, are still lit, but unresponsive. The first time it crashed, I was typing in a Google search. The second time I wasn't even using it, I was watching a Youtube clip. The first time this happened, it took me shutting my PC down and waiting a few minutes before the keyboard worked again (even switching the keyboard to a different USB port didn't help). After Windows (7, Home Premium Edition btw) was back up and the keyboard working, I checked Device Manager. There were 3 items listed under keyboards, "G110 Keys", "G110 Gaming Keyboard", and "HID Keyboard Device". The next day it crashed again, keys still lit, but unresponsive. I checked Device Manager and the keyboard that was titled "G110 Gaming Keyboard" had switched to "Unknown Device". The other two items from before were still listed under "Keyboards" as normal. This time even a shutdown and wait like last time didn't help. The keyboard is a plug and play device with optional software to download if you want to use the keyboards G macro keys. I had that software installed and it was the latest version from the Logitech site. With the most recent failure I've switched to a cheap old USB keyboard that's been sitting around a while. No problems with it yet. Haven't had any trouble with any of the other USB devices I've got either (mouse stand/receiver, digital camera, etc...). Was this Logitech keyboard a lemon? It's my first keyboard from them. Their mice have always lasted a long time for me.
  9. Recently I upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium. Ever since upgrading to it I've noticed that I get random audio skipping and stuttering when listening to .mp3s (Winamp, Foobar2k, etc...) or watching videos (Youtube and WMP). I did some testing and determined that the stutters only happen when I am listening with my Logitech USB Headset and not with my onboard audio through my regular speakers. The headset itself was recently purchased before my system crashed a couple months ago and I upgraded to Win7. Before that I had XP and had no stutters. My audio back then was a Creative Audigy 2 card, now it's Realtek Onboard audio. I'm using the most up to date drivers for everything. Advice?
  10. I installed Windows Live Messenger onto a laptop of mine, XP as well, latest everything, etc... It connected and stayed connected. I compared both hosts files and they were exactly the same. There was one difference in the directories they were in. The one on my computer had an extra file, hosts.msn. The laptop did not have that file, just the regular hosts one. I googled it and there seemed to be a lot of sites mentioning a hosts.msn virus. I've scanned it with Adaware and it didn't flag any spyware. Scanned it with Avast! as well and it wasn't flagged as a virus. Should my PC have that file or just the regular hosts file?
  11. Checked all of those, still won't connect. lol Maybe the hosts file is corrupted, not sure how to check that.
  12. Tried everything and it's still giving me the same trouble. Flagging the hosts file after it disconnects. Same message. "Your hosts file contains msn related entries which may interfere with name resolution."
  13. I'll give that a try. My current anti-virus is Avast! and it's been that way a while. My current anti-spyware is AdAware. I did just recently get that and uninstall Spybot. I felt Spybot was taking up too much memory with it's TeaTimer thing and since I had used AdAware before (long, long ago) I thought I'd give it a try again.
  14. Latest version on WinXP Pro SP3. Up until a few days ago it ran fine, but now whenever I try to connect, it connects for about 5 seconds then boots me back to the login screen. When I run the connection troubleshooter, Hosts has the yellow exclamation symbol next to it and the message says: "Your hosts file contains msn related entries which may interfere with name resolution." It then asks me if I want the hosts file cleaned up. I naturally choose Yes and then try to reconnect, only to have it all happen again. Advice?
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