Double clicking on folder or drive opens search

Trouble:

We have often received one common problem from many of the readers saying:

Whenever I double-click on any drive/folder in My Computer, a Search window opens 

 

This is one of the most annoying problem as per readers, problem as quite clear from the message mentioned above quote.

search window opens on double click

This type of problem normally occurs because some virus called ‘PET32.exe’ , or it can also occur due some other virus which disrupt the windows registry.

 

Lets see how can we fix this problem.

Fix:

 

If search opens when you double click on folder in windows explorer, then see the fix below:

 

We need to repair some registry entry damaged by virus corresponding to windows shell. Follow the steps below:

 

1. Open Start >> Run or press Window Key + r , this will open the run prompt.

2. Type “regedit” ( without quotes ) and press Enter.

3. Navigate to key

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell

 

4. Double the registry key named Default and set the value to none.

 

This will restore the normal windows explorer behavior of opening a folder when you double click a folder rather than opening windows search.

 

If search opens when you double click on any windows drive, then try this

 

1. Open Start >> Run or press Window key + r

2. Type “regsvr32 /i shell32.dll” ( without quotes ) and press Enter

 

After the command run successfully, you will see a message saying DllRegisterServer and DllInstall in Shell32.dll succeeded.

 

We hope this will help to fix the trouble.

Comments

  1. huh… never happened to me before but this is a very usefull tip! thx…

  2. well i never faced this problem 😛 but will try if i have 😀

  3. hi, thanks, i was having trouble when i double clicked my c drive, which only opened search. and the regsvr32 /i shell32.dll that you type in run worked, it got ride of that thing, and now everytime i click on my c drive it goes to the c drive, it doesn’t open search. thanks alot

  4. Thanks a lot i was working on it for the last 2 days

    Thakns again

    Rohan

  5. Worked like a charm.

    After playing around for hours with registry cleaners and crap this worked.

    My symptoms were actually the hard drive or folder kept coming up with command prompt when double clicked.. some virus or another.

    Wahoo!

  6. dear sir !
    i have a some problem in vista os.
    my desktop computer included 1gb RAm.Harddisk 180gb.but vista OS running is Slow & can not supported by Antivirus software.pls help me..

  7. I have this problems on several desktop in my office, after do the trick, everything back to normal!

    Thanks! :))

  8. I’ve had this problem for weeks. Tried all sorts of things.
    You solved the problem. Many thanks.

  9. it did not work for me ihave the same prob i tried both option but nothing happnd…. m using vista…. please help….

  10. Boss it’s working thank you so much it is be really long time that i was looking for answer now finally got it.

    If search opens when you double click on any windows drive, then try this

    1. Open Start >> Run or press Window key + r

    2. Type “regsvr32 /i shell32.dll” ( without quotes ) and press Enter

    After the command run successfully, you will see a message saying DllRegisterServer and DllInstall in Shell32.dll succeeded.

  11. thanks solved it…what is the reason behind it…?? i didn’t notice any suspicious process running…i have 3 users in my system…and i installed a few visual styles and and an application (ExeIco)….is this why i ran into this problem…??

  12. although i work in the IT industry, this problem one of the most annoying i have encountered in recent memory..thank you so much for your help..

  13. thank you so much…it helps..i’ve bee facing this problem for months and you just make my life better..hehe 🙂

  14. it is the bestest troublshooting web site i have ever seen.i have solved my trouble regarding search in double click within a second with the help of tips from this no1 site,

    thanksssssssssssssssssssss

  15. Thanks, I too had this problem. When I used to click on any drive under “my computer” it used to open up the search window.
    I ran the command as suggested and yes 🙂 it solved the problem…

    Thanks for the great tip…

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  17. Thank you so very much! 🙂

    I don’t know what caused the “search” instead of “open” when i double clicked a folder, but your technique worked like a charm and i am happy again. 🙂

  18. It’s still not back to open but it’s better than search! It’s on explore now and I would gladly trade SEARCH for explore. and I swear I’ll just exit the left browser and It’s technically normal. Thanks so much for the great great tips.

  19. I never know if Windows update changed a setting or if there’s actually a problem. Wouldn’t have thought of a virus. Thanks!

  20. thanks very much, some drivers which is not share drive was fixed but still my share drive was not fixed

  21. this has been proven a very useful trick
    thanks a lot.i dont have words to thank u.
    thanks a lot

  22. I was not able to open my 1TB HDD, when I double click “OPEN WITH” menu appears. I followed the below process and now this works fine. Thanks for the site.. Dt: 21-may-2011.

    1. Open Start >> Run or press Window key + r

    2. Type “regsvr32 /i shell32.dll” ( without quotes ) and press Enter

  23. the fix worked well, no problem, but what if it is the pet32 virus? what indications are there?

  24. Thank you ………………………….
    reraly it helped me…………..
    thanks

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