Everyone has Windows problems, right?
Well, my computer's been pretty good: I've got a regular back-up regime, up to date Windows Fixes, up to date virus definitions and I'm really careful what I do on the Internet and with eMail.
But last week Explorer.exe just went haywire. Not immediately on every boot, but generally at some stage: Explorer.exe would start using 100% of the CPU (which on a dual core is 50% of the total). Life would slow to a crawl and I'd have to manually terminate the process and re-run it again (in the process I discovered a nifty programme to do that for me over at NirSoft).
After searching the Internet I started to get worried that this behaviour was indicative of a Trojan.
So I went over to the good people at MalwareBytes and logged a case: Programmes max CPU (Esp. Explorer) - Malwarebytes Security Forums. That entailed a lot of checking, installing new programmes, some overlooked cleaning and one or two false positives. It makes interesting reading.
This has been going on just about all week. The other day I said to Sandi that in many ways I felt that it was Software related, not that I had much to base that on, and not that a Trojan isn't software, but it sort of felt more like a software incompatibility to me.
One of the more crazy thoughts through this process was that somehow one of the ProjectDogwaffle install files was infected with a virus (but the virus was no where else on my system): one on-line scanner gave it a positive, but I still think it was false, even with a fresh file off their server!
On the way home from work I thought I'd re-check my hard drives: which all ended up fine BTW. But in the process, I re-remembered that nVidia's nView Desktop Manager sometimes produces problems (take a look at the 50,000 google hits!).
I'd rarely get errors from nView, but never thought they were much to worry about (the odd unresponsive programme), but if it was causing this behaviour in Explorer, that was a different story! So I unenabled it and so far it's looking good: no dramas so far tonight!!
nView has lots of nifty functionality, but I realised that I didn't really use much of it. The main thing it came in handy for was to get different wallpapers on each of my 2 monitors. But How-To Geek have a good post on getting different wallpapers on each monitor, so that fixed nView's goose!
So you'd have to say that a sleepless week has ended pretty good, eh?
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