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#1 richwill


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Posted 22 October 2007 - 05:26 AM


My son's laptop has started displaying a popup dialog box when he starts the system up. the error message is below

"windows cannot find loader.exe make sure you typed the name correctly then try again to search for a file click the start button and then click search"

This dialog box obviously has an OK button and normal window close,zoom,minimize etc. This normally happens just prior to live messenger (i think that's the version he's running) starts.

I've run as-aware 2007 against the system and installed AVG and ZoneAlarm. I've checked various sites which seem to think this could be a malware problem? Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Additionally I was wondering whether this could adversely effect wireless connectivity or could I be barking up the wrong tree and looking at a separate issue?

Thanks in advance and apologies if I'm wasting your time, but I'm at a loss as to what it may be.


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#2 richwill

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 01:28 AM

Just as an update. I'm working through (albeit slowly) the Hijack This file I posted yesterday and have come across the entry

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tsnp2std] C:\WINDOWS\tsnp2std.exe

doing a wider search on this seems to indicate that this is some form of malware.

there is also

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [C:\WINDOWS\system32\V0260Ext.ax] C:\WINDOWS\system32\RegSvr32.exe /s C:\WINDOWS\system32\V0260Ext.ax

about which I can't find any information (in english) but it does worry me that something is running regsvr

if anyone can please advise on the above I'd appreciate it. I will also continue to work through the rest of the file.

Thanks again in advance


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Posted 31 October 2007 - 12:28 AM

Hello richwill and welcome to BleepingComputer!

Apollogies for the delay. If you are still having problems please post a brand new HijackThis log as a reply to this topic. Before posting the log, please make sure you follow all the steps found in this topic:

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Please post the HijackThis log within your reply instead of as an attachment.



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