generic host process for win32 error message

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by Nate Goulet, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. Nate Goulet

    Nate Goulet Guest

    I've been getting the generic host process for win32 error message on
    a newly installed Dell XP Pro system came with SP2. First thing did
    was download all of the Windows critical updates.

    I can't tell it it's a vulnerability or something else causing the
    error. I also had installed eTrust antivirus corp. edition, FireFox
    1.0.2 browser, SpyBot Search & Destroy 1.3.

    I've run scans with all of them and didn't pickup anything. Also run
    Trend Micro's online scanner, Symantec's, etc.

    System was setup Monday, and I saw no problems. Turned the pc on the
    next day, and at boot saw the message:

    "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services encountered a problem
    and needed to close.


    This error occurred on 3/28/05 at 4:28:41 PM. "

    I shut down, and did not see the error again. I shut down a few times
    I think. Turned the pc on today, all was fine. Ran FireFox browser,
    etc. Shutdown with no problems. Turned system back on, and the error
    displayed again after loading the desktop.

    Thanks for any help
     
    Nate Goulet, Mar 30, 2005
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  2. Nate Goulet

    Jay Cee Guest

    WindowsXPSP2 plus automatic updates. That very same message has also
    appeared on booting my computer. First time a few days ago. Second time
    today. My computer is NAV protected and spy/malware apps show it is clean.
    Is this the symptom of a new stealth baddie? Is this serious? No problems
    noticed otherwise.
     
    Jay Cee, Mar 31, 2005
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  3. Nate Goulet

    Nate Goulet Guest

    Jay,

    Colin, an MVP told me to try this:

    Please post to the group so that others can benefit from the thread.

    Try running the System File Checker.

    Start>Run and enter
    sfc /scannow [enter]
    Note the space before the /.


    I ran that and it cruched for a while. After half an hour, I walked
    away. Whe I came back, there wasn't a report or anything on the
    screen. It had exited. So i'm not sure if that is how it is supposed
    to run on now, and I don't know if it picked up anything.

    I can say even before I ran that, I booted up today, ran FireFox &
    other programs, shut down, and did not see the error message today. I
    shut down several times.

    If anyone has more info please post it.

    Thanks..
     
    Nate Goulet, Apr 2, 2005
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  4. From: "Nate Goulet" <>

    | Jay,
    |
    | Colin, an MVP told me to try this:
    |
    | Please post to the group so that others can benefit from the thread.
    |
    | Try running the System File Checker.
    |
    Start>> Run and enter
    | sfc /scannow [enter]
    | Note the space before the /.
    |
    | I ran that and it cruched for a while. After half an hour, I walked
    | away. Whe I came back, there wasn't a report or anything on the
    | screen. It had exited. So i'm not sure if that is how it is supposed
    | to run on now, and I don't know if it picked up anything.
    |
    | I can say even before I ran that, I booted up today, ran FireFox &
    | other programs, shut down, and did not see the error message today. I
    | shut down several times.
    |
    | If anyone has more info please post it.
    |
    | Thanks..

    There is no feedback from the System File Checker (SFC) it makes sure that the EXE and DLLs
    of the OS are the correct version and if possible will replace wrong versions with the
    correct versions. Iam not sure if a log file is created as well.
     
    David H. Lipman, Apr 2, 2005
    #4
  5. It creates an entry in the event viewer.
     
    Ian JP Kenefick, Apr 2, 2005
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