This is something new that just started this in the last couple of days, and I can't figure out why. Anytime I open a folder that has photos in it, the ekrn.exe process jumps to 99% cpu usage and doubles its memory usage. Most of the time, it causes my computer to completely freeze up and I have to hard boot it (which I hate doing). The only way I can get it to unfreeze is to kill the ekrn process, if I can get the task manager to open up. If I manage to kill the process, I can continue browsing the folder at that time, but if I close it and re-open it, it does the same thing. I thought it might be a glitch with the version I had, so I uninstalled and redownloaded version 3.0.684 and it is up to date. I am also running Windows XP Home SP2. I also used RegTuneup and CCleaner to do a nice little system cleanup thinking that might help as well, but no luck. So far, the only solution I have been able to come up with is to add the .JPG extension into the exclusion list, but I really don't want to have to do this if possible. I've been using ESS since it launched and only started having these problems within the last couple of days. We download a bunch of pictures of my 4 month old son on to the computer and we can't even browse the folder without it locking up. We have hundreds of pictures of him on here and never saw any problems with viewing them until recently. Any ideas?