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    Explorer illegal operaton

    [img]/w3timages/icons/frown.gif[/img] I'm running a Pentium 233 with Win98 SE. About a week ago, I started getting the following error message at start-up: "EXPLORER--This program has performed an illegal operation...." I click on OK, the message goes away, and almost everything in my system tray goes away, too! I still have my clock and the sound (speaker) icon, but the icons for Scheduler, RealPlayer and Norton AV go bye-bye. When this happened two days ago, I rebooted and everything returned to normal. Today the hot re-boot didn't help. My machine still works in this condition. I'm using it right now, sending and receiving messages and all. But sumpin' ain't right, y'know? Suggestions? I did do a "print screen" to capture the full text of the error, stack dump and all, if that sort of detail will help. (See attached file.) I don't think this has its roots in a virus--my Norton AV virus definitions are up-to-date. I'll appreciate any suggestions as to the cause and cure of this problem. Thanks!

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    Can you re-attach that error?

    I have a feeling this may be a faulty or capacity error with your memory... (It occurs at home for me all the time, and i have 16mb of RAM..)

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    This is a common problem across all versions of Windows. Unfortunately Microsoft has never addressed it, but then some of it could be the application itself.

    I have seen a utility (sorry, I don't recall the name) that restored the tray icons. You might try looking through WinFiles for something that accomplishes that.

    Better still, if an exploding Explorer is frequent, try to determine the cause. Click on the details tab and see what error message is displayed (forget all the Hex numbers) - it may point to a DLL, a program, or some other component. There is most definitely a reason that it happens and removing the cause is the best way to deal with it.
    -Mark

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    I would frequently get this error with Norton Systemworks symtray. Do you have other Norton apps or just AV? If you disable Norton symtray from running at startup do you still get this error?

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