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Windows Xp Problem.... (Generic Host Process)

Postby nitromaster » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:47 pm

Windows is really annoying me more than usual now, after about 20 minutes of being connected to the internet is comes up with
Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience..
The internet connection then stops working, it still thinks its connected but wont do anything (not even allow me to disconnect and reconnect)
I then have to restart to be able to use the internet connection again.
It then changes theme from the current xp one to the classic one and back again.

I had this problem about a year ago,but it eventually went away.
I have since re-installed.

More Details:
EventType : BEX P1 : svchost.exe P2 : 5.1.2600.2180 P3 : 41107ed6
P4 : netapi32.dll P5 : 5.1.2600.2180 P6 : 411096ac P7 : 0000a3c0
P8 : c0000409 P9 : 00000000



Anyone got an idea of whats wrong or how to fix it?
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RE: Windows Xp Problem.... (Generic Host Process)

Postby Dutch_Master » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:56 pm

The ultimate solution for any and all Windoze problems! (hint: click!)

This is a forum dedicated to Linux. Generic windows questions, not related to Linux, don't belong here and can be better asked on other forums aiming at Win-users
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RE: Windows Xp Problem.... (Generic Host Process)

Postby Rhakios » Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:08 pm

Solution here? But then I would hope you've got post SP-2 updates installed already.
OTOH svchost and netapi32 are favourite targets for malware.
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RE: Windows Xp Problem.... (Generic Host Process)

Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:09 pm

Spyware, almost certainly.
See above.
In no way related to Linux.
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RE: Windows Xp Problem.... (Generic Host Process)

Postby pins » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:59 am

@Dutch Master> forum title: "Linux Format Forum Index » Misc » Other OS"
I think that covers nitromaster for posting this here, no?
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RE: Windows Xp Problem.... (Generic Host Process)

Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:25 pm

@pins>fair enough, but wouldn't it be a much better idea to post it on a windows help forum?

After all, many of us here no longer use windows, some may have never used windows- eek!

Of course, there may be people who post Linux questions on microsoft forums-I wouldn't know- but either way it is probably a waste of time.
Try PC answers or Micromart forums, I'm sure there are friendly geeks there.
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Re: RE: Windows Xp Problem.... (Generic Host Process)

Postby M-Saunders » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:08 am

Dutch_Master wrote:This is a forum dedicated to Linux. Generic windows questions, not related to Linux, don't belong here


Actually, this is the "Other OS" subforum of the main LXF forums :-) We added this for regulars to get quick answers from any other Win/Mac users, without having to sign up to a dedicated Win/Mac forum.

Also, I don't know if megaposters nelz, jjmac and co. run Windows, but if I had a Windows problem, I'd sure ask them first!

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Postby Executor » Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:26 pm

If Windows questions are considered off topic in “Other OSâ€
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Postby pootman » Sat Nov 24, 2007 6:19 pm

Don't take this personally Executor, it's not. However:
Executor wrote:Although this problem could be caused by a number of things I have to agree that it is probably malware. Formatting Windows would guarantee a clean system and would certainly fix the problem, but if you don't want to format you could try the suggestions below.


Installing some free anti-virus programs such as:
- ClamWin
- AVG Anti-Virus (Free Edition)
- Avira AntiVir (Free Edition)
(Installing all of them is the best option).


Use the free online web-based anti-virus scanning tools from some of the big names in Windows anti-virus, such as:
- Trend Micro HouseCall free Web-based tool
- McAfee FreeScan
(Scan your system with both).


Install some free anti-sypware programs such as:
- Spybot Search & Destroy
- Ad-aware from Lavasoft (Free Edition)
(Installing both of them is the best option).


Make sure you have all the Windows updates.

This is generic (albeit slightly paranoid) security advice, which any windows user should be aware of. All well and good.
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Postby Executor » Sat Nov 24, 2007 7:06 pm

@pootman
All your points are valid and fair. It is mainly generic security advice.

However even if nitromaster had posted this on a Windows specific forum people would have jumped on the malware bandwagon. We need to rule out malware and then we can ask other questions to narrow down the problem. Only generic answers can be given at this stage with so little to go on.

I've had this problem before and twice it really was malware even thought I had a paid for subscription anti-virus program. It was by installing free security programs with different virus pattern databases did I discover the problem, hence why I mentioned only free programs.

Without ruling out malware very few people are going to be willing to help nitromaster.
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Postby towy71 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:41 pm

If I were looking for advice about microsoft's os's this is probably the last place I'd look ;-)
Malware, spyware and all that guff might just be generated to make the user spend their hard earned cash on buckets of spit that are supposedly gaurdian software.
Microsoft must be aware that the answer to it all is in their hands, but they choose the business model that impoverishes their user base; they continue to do so at their peril!
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Postby Rhakios » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:58 pm

towy71 wrote:If I were looking for advice about microsoft's os's this is probably the last place I'd look ;-)


Not necessarily, most of us are refugees from the world of MS and are only too familiar with having had to deal with its problems.
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Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:48 pm

When all is said and done.. the problem is probably malware.
I use, and troubleshoot windows every day, and it certainly sounds like malware.
I don't have a problem with a windows post here per se, but I think it is fair to advise the questioner to look elsewhere for a speedy resolution.
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