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  • How do I get rid of "click here to show files" when viewing my Windows directory?
  • Why do I need to shutdown rundll32.exe manually?
  • Why does my microphone record a loud hum?
  • I get a firedeamon.exe error and my start button and quick launch don't function ...
  • How do I get rid of W32.Welchia.B.Worm?
  • How do I hear a click sound when I click on a web link?
  • Why do I get "Generic Host Process for Win 32 services is attempting to access the internet" from my firewall?

How do I get rid of "click here to show files" when viewing my Windows directory? There appear to be several approaches. Have a look at How do I disable the warning message when I view the Windows folder? over at annoyances.org. In particular, the follow up comments include several alternatives.

Why do I need to shutdown rundll32.exe manually? You shouldn't have to. No reason accompanied this question, but if you feel you're required to shutdown rundll32.exe manually that's a symptom of a deeper problem. I'd need more details to determine exactly what though.

Why does my microphone record a loud hum? A couple of things come to mind. One possibility is that you computer is not properly grounded (through the third prong in North American power outlets). Another is that some other recording input is enabled, but not connected to anything. Open the volume control, hit Options, Properties, select Recording and OK. Now mute anything you're not recording from, and see if that doesn't help.

I get a firedeamon.exe error and my start button and quick launch don't function... Firedaemon is a utility that allows you to run an application as a Windows Service. My first step would be to remove that and see if the problem is resolved. Not all programs behave properly when run as services - typically services must be written to be services.

How do I get rid of W32.Welchia.B.Worm? Grab a removal tool from Symantec's AV site: here. It typically infects svchost.exe, which is a required system file and cannot simply be deleted. Thus the tool is used to repair.

How do I a click sound when I click on a web link? That's controlled by whatever the Windows Explorer "Complete Navigation" sound. In Control Panel, Sounds and Audio Devices, Sounds, in Program Events, scroll down to the Windows Explorer section, and click on the Complete Navigation entry. Select whatever audio file you would like to play on each click.

Why do I get "Generic Host Process for Win 32 services is attempting to access the internet" from my firewall? One of the instances of "Generic Host Process" (aka SVCHOST) is responsible for keeping your clock up to date, and is configured to find a time server on the internet. You can disable this if you like by right clicking on the clock in the taskbar, selecting Adjust Date/Time, and then selecting the Internet Time tab where the controls are. Personally I like having my clock kept up to date for me.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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9 Comments
michael lowe
April 12, 2004 10:54 PM

On a ordinary computer(eg widows xp) how do the simpilys get rid of it
what is the best way of ridding it

Leo
April 13, 2004 8:48 AM

I'm sorry Michael, but I don't understand your question.

Leo

Gene Hodgson
May 20, 2004 7:27 AM

Thank you for the Generic Host Processor answer..... I found your answer via Google.... I've been trying to find what that was from for months.
Are you related to the old group Seattle Software?

thanks again gene

Leo
May 20, 2004 8:43 AM

Nope :-). I've just live in this area most of my life.

dondi
July 2, 2004 7:33 AM

when starting compu at crtl-alt-delete
a rundll32 is there and if i don;t end task my compu. runs out of syst. resources but if i use crtl-alt-delete and hi-lite rundll32 end task the compu. will run all day ,wondering if this is a worm.
thank you dondi

Leo
July 2, 2004 8:55 AM

Hard to say for certain. The best thing to do would be to run both an up to date virus scan and spyware scan.

Oliver ( Arachnid bass )
June 25, 2005 4:28 PM

Regarding question 3. The humm can be even caused by interferance with other electronic devices.

10x
Oliver M. Grech

Steve
December 13, 2005 7:52 AM

With regard to rundll32.exe: it is run at startup on my computer for an external sound card (Creative USB Live! 24-bit external). However, it keeps running throughtout my session - if I end the process, will I lose functionality? I don't know if rundll32.exe needs to keep running to maintain the access it provides...

Thanks for any help

ARTHUR ERASMI
June 25, 2010 2:48 PM

what ever i clich on i get the same sign
cp has virue and click here to fix, for 69 dollars
igo to control panel and click on add /remove and get same thing
artie

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