Monthly Archives: September 2009

Left click folder freezes or hangs explorer

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This is a troubleshooting post.

Symptoms:
Windows explorer may stop responding when left (or right) clicking a folder. The explorer is freezing or freezes for some time, typically 30 seconds. After that you can access the folder. Attempts to close the folder while the hourglass is turning results in an error or message “This program is not responding”. You can either end the process, after which explorer restarts, or cancel.

Solution:
In my case I found windows looking for Network Drive letters. I noticed that using Procmon, a process monitor.

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Just after the explorer had touched a .lnk shortcut file.

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It seemed windows, when clicking the folder, looks trough all the files and then discovered a shortcut to a network drive that doesn’t exist. It was an old shortcut pointing to a fileserver that doesn’t exist anymore. The query typically times out, but that takes a while.

The problem was solved by removing (deleting) the shortcuts.
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Is your WordPress affected by a virus?

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4 ways to find out if your WordPress installation has been affected by eval / base64_decode | Digitizor
Many websites including Lorelle and Techcrunch are reporting a new kind of attack on WordPress that affects almost all WordPress installations running WordPress software below version 2.6. All those running WordPress version 2.8 are not  affected.  Users having blogs on wordpress.com have not been affected, although. In this article we will tell four ways which you can use to find out if you have been affected.

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