I'm having a similar issue.
I haven't detected any viruses or spyware though.
I had a Uninstall program called "Your Uninstaller! 2006" and Uninstalled some Symantec anti-virus program fully. I'm guessing when it ran the full install and deleted things from the regstry to "clean" things... it deleted something it wasn't supposed to.
I've tried replacing the explorer.exe file with others from friends but no luck. Also tried renaming and it is just recreated right away.
Other problems I'm having is adding bookmarks in Firefox and the google search engine as well as any search engine in the top right corner won't work... It's been like that for a bit though (before explorer.exe stopped working). I'm running all of this through Taskmanager right now. FUN FUN FUN!
I found this though:http://forums.techgu...ter-reboot.html
Which might fix your problem... if you check those registry keys.
I don't even have those registry keys in my registry... which i guess is good???
I know I can always re-format and do a clean re-install but taht's basically a whole weekend of work due to the many programs I have on here and the piles of backing up I'll have to do.
Any ideas? I'm almost 100% sure this is a registry thing.
Edited by Skeckulous, 25 January 2006 - 01:35 AM.