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    Explorer -- Twice!

    Any idea why the program "Explorer" shows up twice in the Close Program window that opens with Ctrl-Alt-Del? I don't remember ever seeing this before.

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    Re: Explorer -- Twice!

    There is always 1 Explorer running when Windows is still alive, not sure of the significance but it is an essential part of the OS.

    As for the second copy I don't know. Are you sure it is Explorer and not something with a slight variation such as Exploring?
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    Re: Explorer -- Twice!

    Nope! It's Explorer both times. However, my computer now has completely died (at the moment I'm using one at our public library), so I suppose I'll be reloading W98 entirely. Thanks for your help.



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    Re: Explorer -- Twice!

    Actually I found out that my computer "died" because I had too many programs running in the background. There must have been a dozen of them -- and I still don't know what most of them were for. Explorer must have been in there twice. I removed most of them from Startup, and everything returned to normal. Many of the programs got loaded into the Startup folder when they were installed -- even though the installation program never asks or informs you that that is what they are doing. Also, one program (Real Player) enables itself in the startup folder every time you run it UNLESS you go into its Preferences and turn that feature off -- Again, you have to hunt for it.

    For what it's worth, I suggest that periodically everyone should review what programs have been enabled in Startup. Go to Start | Run and enter msconfig, then select the Startup tab. You might be surprised at what's in there.

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    Re: Explorer -- Twice!

    Glad to see you've survived.
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    Re: Explorer -- Twice!

    I make it a habit to periodically check out all the programs running in the background that may not be showing up in the tray or taskbar. My resources are strained to their max, so I have to closly monitor for any unwanted or unnecessary programs and yank them promptly. MSCONFIG will allow you to uncheck items in your system's startup, but I take it a step further. I write down the information for the unwanted programs and track them down to whatever source is trying to run them to begin with -- whether it is a program option, an item in the StartUp folder, or a Run key in the registry -- and start deleting or even uninstalling.

    If you download a lot from the internet, you may be interested in the AdWare thread in Software Finds:

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    Re: Explorer -- Twice!

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the suggestion. It is really a good idea to purge the startup folder regularly. I recenly had to reinstall my scanner software and, sure enough <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15>, there are three more programs added to my startup folder. These things are really sneaky!

    Actually, rather than write down the entries in MSCONFIG, I've found it much easier to capture the screen image by, say, using Alt-Print Screen and then pasting that into Word so I can print the list out. Saves a lot of scribbling. It also provides a copy of how your system was configured should you ever really screw up and need to restore things.

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