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Search crashes Explorer - XP

By CaptBilly1Eye ·
This is happening on a laptop with XP Pro SP3.

Running a Search (Files & Folders) causes Explorer to crash. The crash happens at the end of the search on the first attempt and then immediately when text is typed in the search field on subsequent attempts until the machine is rebooted.

Error:
explorer.exe - Application Error
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The instruction at "0x7342611a" referenced memory at "0x7342611a". The memory could not be "read".
Click on OK to terminate the program
Click on CANCEL to debug the program
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Things I have tried:
1. Re-registered wshom.ocx, jscript.dll, & urlmon.dll
2. Ran a .bat file to re-register all DLLs in System32.
3. Reinstalled Windows Search using srchasst.inf.
4. Performed a full Chkdsk - no errors found.
5. Scanned with Ad-Aware, McAfee A/V, CWShredder, MalwareBytes, VundoFix, and performed a registry cleaning with Fix My Registry and RegCleaner.
6. Reinstalled MDAC 2.6
7. Cleanly uninstalled all versions of .NET and then reinstalled 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 & 3.5 up to SP1. (with reboots between each step).
8. Performed a RAM memory check using Memtest86.
So far, no problems found or corrections that have worked.

The same error occurs when I attempt to check File Types in Tools > Options > File Types. Although I have used ShellExView and find no unassociated or strange types.

Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Unfortunately, a System Restore is not an option since it is turned off due to group policy.

Thanks in advance.

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