however I find that one flash drive in particular will, upon insertion result in the file explorer not being operative.
I need to run flash disinfector everytime just to get access. All antivirus scans of the device result in nil flagged infections. Similarly with spyware scans.
Your log looks very clean to me. Perhaps your computer problem originates from that particular thumbdrive.. Do you have any important files on it?..
Before you stick that thumbdruve, please show hidden files and folders
Then you have to run Flash Disinfector.. Next, navigate that thumbdrive and delete autorun.inf and autorun.exe if you find them.. Tell me if you couldn't find it or you couldn't delete it.. Then tell me what other wierd (unknown) files that you see inside that thumbdrive