Do you use Microsoft™ Windows® operating system in your PC? If so, have you ever seen your Windows Explorer crash after right-clicking any executable file or shortcut in your hard disk? This is a pretty common problem that many Windows users suffer from. In these cases, while it is perfectly logical that the file you had right-clicked had some problem in it (corruption, virus infection, etc.), it can also be some rogue software messing with your context Menu. The context Menu is the little menu that pops up whenever you right-click on a file.
In Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista, the context menu can behave erratically due to any software installed in your PC that adds an entry to the menu. Some of these software utilities add an entry to the context menu, which interferes with the other Windows default processes listed in the menu. So, whenever you right-click on an executable file or shortcut and the context menu is about to pop up, it crashes and so does the Explorer.
This problem is, thankfully, not that difficult to fix. You can fix it simply by tinkering with the registry a bit. In order to do so, use the following guide:
By eliminating all non-Windows® processes listed among the sub-keys, you should be able to track down the rogue application. Uninstall that application and your context menu will work fine once more.