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WindowsFormsParkingWindow and AdWatch

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Hi All,

I know this topic came up in a different forum in 2006, based on my Google search.

Armed with the knowledge that some program I have had not closed at the time I decided to shut down my computer, the hidden program, "WindowsFormsParking Window," grabbed hold of the computer system because of its setup with ".Net," I figured that the last program I installed was the culprit to trigger it. The current version of Ad-Aware Free was the last program I installed.

To be more specific, there first were problems when I elected to not install AdWatch, even though it was included in the Free version. Once I uninstalled Ad-Aware Free, and re-installed it with AdWatch, I had no difficulties, at first. Then I started getting intermittent "WindowsFormsParking Window" problems.

So far, I now shut down Ad-Aware completely, just before I try to do a system shutdown. The WindowsFormsParking Window has not appeared. This makes me believe that there may be something amiss with respect to the AdWatch program. After all, when I installed Ad Aware without AdWatch, there were alerts that I must reboot to finalize Ad-Aware. Once I installed Ad Watch, those alerts vanished.

I hope I have worded the situation clearly.

Is there any other way to prevent the "WindowsFormsParking Window" situation from occurring, other than manually shutting down Ad-Aware just before I start the system shutdown procedure?

Thanks to all, in advance.

Kind regards,

Julian.

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Hi Casey,

I will try with Ad Watch off. Right now, it seems I can only switch it off temporarily, but, if this works, I will figure out how to seitch it off permanently.

I will let you know the results.

By the by, I intend to include this tidbit in an article I am writing for the New York Amateur Computer Club.

Regards,

Julian.

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[quote name='amigan_1' post='113779' date='Nov 26 2009, 03:24 PM']I will figure out how to seitch it off permanently.[/quote]

That's not difficult, so we can try that later :)

[quote]By the by, I intend to include this tidbit in an article I am writing for the New York Amateur Computer Club.[/quote]

Lol. Well, just so you know - you're the first person I've ever heard of with this problem and I can't seem to find the topic you're refering to :) I have done some researching though and its a problem relating to the .NET framework. So what version of .NET do you have installed?

Casey

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[quote name='casey_boy' post='113783' date='Nov 26 2009, 08:01 AM']relating to the .NET framework. So what version of .NET do you have installed?[/quote]
Don't mean to sideline the topic, but what is .NET framework? I see it referenced in Windows updates, but don't even know how to check which version I have or even if it's installed on my system.

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@visitor: [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.NET_Framework"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.NET_Framework[/url]

It's used in Ad-Aware behind-the-scenes. :)

You can check what version you have by looking at which Windows updates you have installed.

Casey

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[quote name='casey_boy' post='113792' date='Nov 26 2009, 10:50 AM']@visitor: [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.NET_Framework"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.NET_Framework[/url]

It's used in Ad-Aware behind-the-scenes. :)

You can check what version you have by looking at which Windows updates you have installed.[/quote]
LOL, I knew I'd open a can of worms with this one. The Wiki article is a bit over my head, but I gather .NET Framework is similar to Java runtime environment and may be required for applications for which it was designed. I guess it's OK since AAW AE installed and operates fine, but I have installed ~200 Win XP SP2 updates and have no idea which KB log points to the .NET Framework version.

I Googled [i]which version of .net framework do i have[/i]:

[quote][url="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/kb00318785.aspx"]http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/kb00318785.aspx[/url]
To determine which versions of the .NET Framework are installed, locate the %systemroot%\Microsoft.NET\Framework folder.[/quote]
I have no such folder(s).

[quote][url="http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2008/11/06/how-to-check-what-version-of-microsoft-net-framework-is-installed-in-computer/"]http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2008/1...ed-in-computer/[/url]
The manual way of checking whether what version of Microsoft .NET Framework is installed on your computer is through Add or Remove Programs from Control Panel.[/quote]
I have no such entries in Add/Remove

[quote][url="http://www.walkernews.net/2008/05/16/how-to-check-net-framework-version-installed/"]http://www.walkernews.net/2008/05/16/how-t...sion-installed/[/url]
Query the User Agent String of Internet Explorer web browser.

java script:alert(navigator.userAgent)

Copy and paste that line of JavaScript code to IE Address bar and press ENTER key, you will see a pop-up dialog box with similar content as this:

As shown, the IE 7 User Agent String shows my Windows Vista (Windows NT 6.0) has installed .Net 2.0 (.Net CLR 2.0.50727), .Net 3.0 (.Net CLR 3.0.04506) as well as the latest .Net 3.5 framework (.Net CLR 3.5.21022).[/quote]
I get no such results.

[quote][url="http://blogs.msdn.com/robvi/archive/2004/02/17/75272.aspx"]http://blogs.msdn.com/robvi/archive/2004/02/17/75272.aspx[/url]
Method 1:

1.) Under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\.NETFramework\policy\ check to see if the version you want is installed (for example, look for the v1.1 folder and 4322 for the version number to detect the released version of V1.1)

2.) Under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\.NETFramework\InstallRoot get the path where the Framework is installed. Create a directory string by concatenating the install root and the version under policy. E.g. "C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\" + "v1.1" + "." + "4322"

3.) Look at the directory, if mscorlib.dll (or another critical .dll to the .NET framework is there) the runtime is installed.[/quote]
I have no such registry branch.

So, it appears I don't have .NET Framework installed or none of the above detection methods work, but since AAW AE has been problem-free, maybe it wasn't required then but it is now? :)

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Yeah maybe it wasn't needed for AE then. I'm pretty sure it gets installed by 8.1 though (although I'm not 100%) on that. The way I checked was by looking at my installed programs list and then 'turn Windows features on/off' but this in Windows 7.

.Net version 3.0 is installed by default in Vista and 3.5 installed by default in Windows 7. They should then both be updated by Windows update to 3.5 SP1.

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Hi Casey,

As promised, I am writing to tell you of what I discovered.

First, I found out that Ad-Aware is NOT the culprit -- neither with Ad Watch on nor off.

I found out that Trend Micro Antivirus Plus AntiSpyware version 2010 is the culprit.

Since I have more than one partition on my harddrive, I like to place as many files which have nothing to do with the actual running of the computer system, on a partition other than the C: drive/partition. That way, I retain more than enough room for all those files which MS and some others force us to place there for them to properly work. Therefore, I place my anti-malware programs on that other partition. So, as long as the system is told, by way of a full path, where those program files are, there should never be any problems. That has been the case with AVG Free, AD Aware Free, and Spybot Search & Destroy Free.

Trend Micro's product, which is a commercial one I bought, installed on that other partition, without a single error. It was able to do its scans perfectly. The problem occurred whtn I wanted to shut down my computer. That is when I got that "WindowsFormsParking Window" and had to end up shutting down by pressing the power button until the machine was off.

After much time spent chatting with their tech support, I found out their program was hardprogrammed to only look at the C: drive/partition for its running files when I would try to shut down the system through the normal manner. So, now I have it installed on my C: drive/partition, and all is okay with it. I am not a "happy camper," and I told TM that.

So, it is very good news for Ad Aware and its users; and, annoying news for those using TM or thinking of getting TM and wanting to place it on a drive or partition other than C: The pity is that everything else about TM (the company, the support, how well its program works, etc.) is great, and I do recommend it, but, the one not so nice thing is something which does not have to exist.

Regards,

Julian.

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Hi Julian,

Thank you for letting us know :) I'm glad you've managed to resolve the issue (even if it's not quite what you wanted) and am happy to hear it wasn't a problem with Ad-Aware too!

Since this issue appears to be resolved, I will close this topic.

Casey

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