When I search for images on my drives, the thumbnails do not work after only a little while of searching. Also, the thumbnails on the desktop, or when searching open folders in windows, for images do not show up correctly. In the Resource Monitor > Memory tab, I can see dllhost.exe is growing like the blob. If I end the dllhost.exe process tree, things return to normal and my icons return to thumbnails little while, as dllhost.exe spawns again, and grows. I can squash it like I'm playing whack-a-program over and over and eventually see the thumbnails.
I have searched and only found the most mundane answers that are no help. I have no virus. My son has the same problem in with his Quad core I7 system running Windows 7 pro. System caches are cleaned out regularly, and the system performs flawlessly in every other way. This is not about video thumbnails. This is about picture thumbnails like .jpg and .png