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Viewing the Windows Directory, humming microphones, firedaemon, the Welchia worm and more…

  • 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?


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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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9 comments on “Viewing the Windows Directory, humming microphones, firedaemon, the Welchia worm and more…”

  1. 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

    Reply
  2. 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

    Reply
  3. 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

    Reply
  4. 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

    Reply

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