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Tolzer
04-14-2006, 01:03 PM
Thought all of you should read this.....

Security Update MS06-015 breaks Windows Explorer functionality. The Update for this issue installs a new file called 'Verclsid.exe'. Verclsid.exe is used to verify a COM object before it is instantiated by Windows Explorer.

However, Verclsid.exe also breaks some fuctionality in Windows explorer. This program does not run always, but when it is running you are unable to expand folders in the Windows explorer tree view. When you click on the plus sign next to a folder in the tree view; the busy cursor appears, but the folder never expands. However, if you kill the Verclsid.exe application with Task Manager, the folder(s) you've tried to expand will immediately do so the instant Verclsid.exe stops running. And when it is not running, Explorer expands folders normally.

Verclsid.exe appears to break even more functionality in both Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer. In Windows Explorer, I've had the send to menu completely stop working while Verclsid.exe is running, but it works fine the instant Verclsid.exe is killed. And in Internet Explorer, the address bar stops working. You can type an address into it and press enter, but IE won't navigate to the entered page until you kill Verclsid.exe. Once it is not running everything works just fine.

I would suggest the following:
1. Uninstall the KB908531 update and reboot your PC.
2. Perform a Disk Cleanup.
3. Perform a Checkdisk (error-checking).
4. Wait for an update for this patch.

Security Update for Windows XP (KB908531)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=392C2F1B-AA24-48E5-8D5B-EA56341DB936&displaylang=en (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=392C2F1B-AA24-48E5-8D5B-EA56341DB936&displaylang=en)

Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310312&Product=winxp (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310312&Product=winxp)

How to Perform Disk Error Checking in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315265&Product=winxp (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315265&Product=winxp)

If you are having difficulty opening and saving Microsoft Office documents. The issue is related to a recent Windows Update. If you have experienced problems opening or saving Microsoft Office documents, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, please read the following information and follow the instructions below (http://techtalk.wfu.edu/micoffice.html#do#do) to resolve the issue.

At this time, we do not believe this issue is related to any worm, virus, or spyware.

What is the problem?
When affected users attempt to open or save a Microsoft Office document, the application stalls.

How do I fix it?
If a document stalls during a save or autosave you must first end the "verclsid.exe" process then delete the file.

End the process by following these steps:

Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete
Select Task Manager
Select the Processes tab
Look for file "verclsid.exe"
Highlight the file name and select End Process (note that there may be multiple instances of the file running) Delete the file by following these steps:

Double-click My Computer on the Desktop
Double-click on the C: drive
Open the WINDOWS folder
Open system32 folder
Highlight file verclsid.exe (files listed alphabetically)
Right-click and select Delete As a reminder, back up your data (http://techtalk.wfu.edu/backdataup.html) regularly to avoid loss of important information (http://techtalk.wfu.edu/Digi%20Get%20It%20Part%204.ram) on your workstation.

Tolzer ;)

alexkaboom
04-14-2006, 07:02 PM
Tolzer:

Can I just do a system restore if I know when the update was installed? Will it prompt me to install it again later on?

Thank you,
Technologically Challenged...

Tolzer
04-15-2006, 12:23 AM
A system restore (XP) will work. However, the quickest method is listed below. Microsoft is working on a patch to repair the damage done.

Delete the file by following these steps:

Double-click My Computer on the Desktop
Double-click on the C: drive
Open the WINDOWS folder
Open system32 folder
Highlight file verclsid.exe (files listed alphabetically)
Right-click and select Delete Tolzer ;)

alexkaboom
04-15-2006, 06:00 PM
Thank you Tolzer!

Alex

soflgal
04-19-2006, 04:48 AM
Is KB908531 the only one to watch out for? Windows is asking to install more security updates.