"Windows cannot find c:\windows\system32\awtss.exe Make sure you typed the name correctly, and try again. To search for a file, click the start button and then click Search" Please go to start and search for the file".
When I click OK I get a second message: "Could not load or run' C:|WINDOWS\system32\awtss.exe' specified in the registry. Make sure the file exists on your computer or remove the reference to it in the registry.
I didn't go looking for the file, yet, was afraid the "search" process might make the problem worse. When I googled awtss it brought me to forums-- it looks like it is a problem, but...
In Norton, I saw that on 1/29/08 Vundo was blocked, which is about when the problem started. In safe mode, I Ran SpyBot and found Vundo.generic and Vundo, and used S&D to delete them.
I rebooted in normal mode and it is still as slow, Spybot came up and checked the system at start up (this was the first time it auto ran since I started playing with this) and deleted the same Vundo file as normal user.
The speed is better (3 minutes for start up) . But I still get the error message at: "Can't find c:\windows\system32\awtss.exe . Please go to start and search for the file".
Should I search for the awtss.exe and remove from the registry using HJT?
Also when I try to close down I get Svchost is not responding,
The HJT (Crusty) log is attached
Any help is appreciated.