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Can't right click and BSOD's

I recently got this PC from my friend as a birthday present, it's old but you can't really pass up a free computer. Anyways, in either powerdesk 6 or Windows Explorer, when I right click on certain things (such as minecraft alpha), they'll crash. I tried updating to the latest drivers for the GPU but that didn't seem to help. Also, I could never get the minecraft client to run, so I attempted playing in the browser (Google Chrome), and that caused it to blue screen with some sort of driver error. After I rebooted, my google chrome preferences folder was corrupted (according to google chrome). Anyways, I'm looking for an answer as to why they crash when I attempt to right click or blue screen...

Specs:

OS - Windows XP

CPU - Athlon 1600+

RAM - 1Gb DDR

GPU - Radeon 9000 128Mb

HDD - 2 40Gb IDE Hard drives

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Had a very similar problem a few weeks back. It was caused by an incomplete removal of some files in the registry. You want to first start of with a virus check, a malware check and a spyware check. If that all checks out okay, it is time to check your registry for errors. I use CCleaner for mine, but I would think that most of them would work. Once you have your registry cleared of all those nasty little errors :-) you might want to give it a try again. Also see if it only does it on certain icons. That would be your biggest offender and try to uninstall those programs completely. Other than that, you might be looking at either an XP repair or a new clean install. Good luck

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I ran Norton (the new one, fully updated) on it and it found 1 trojan and a few tracking cookies, which Norton took care of. I'll try CCleaner next later and report back. Thanks oldturkey

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anytime Sir, anytime ;-)

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Alright, I finally got my wireless NIC card yesterday and got CCleaner. I ran it and it found a bunc of things wrong, fixed those and restarted. The problem still persists sadly...

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Skippy, I think you might be do for a clean install. Some of the Malware or syware my have compromised your OS...Again is it on all icons and whenever you right click or just certain items?

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Just certain icons, such as the Minecraft client that is for the payed version. The free version of minecraft no longer blue screens my computer though.

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