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#1 Al Hanke

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 08:53 PM

I've been tinkering with these 'puter things since I bought my first used 286-20 back in 1990 or so. They still continue to amaze me and now, with the proliferation of viruses and trojan horses, they frustrate and just plain piss me off as well.

For the longest time I was able to bragg to myself and others that i'd never, ever picked up a virus. Then one day the foolish idea popped into my head that I wanted a "Clock" styled screen saver. I'd had one in the past but didn't know what had happened to it.

Sp I went a lookin' for one on the NET.

What a mistake THAT was!

After a lot of searching and reading and researching I was able to get the stinker cleaned ouy of my system. But if it wasn't for sites like this one and other similar sites I'd still be fighting with that first Trojan War.

My latest trojan comes by the name of MicroAntivirusXP2009. I founf a free tool called SmitFraudFix and it seemed to do a very good job of straightening things... But now I have problems again and I'm getting a "process.exe file is missing !" message. I am hopeful and optomistic that I will find the solution to the problem here.

Next week I'm scheduled to go inpatient at MD Anderson down in Houston for advanced chemo and a stem cell transplant in an effort to cure me of this leukemia I was diagnosed with a few years back. Since I'll be there for six or seven months I am hopeful that I will have time to help others and not just br the one one who recieves the help...

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#2 boopme


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Posted 08 October 2008 - 09:55 PM

Hi and welcome to Bleeping Computer. First I wish you the best in your medical endeavor.
Now I am moving your topic to the Am I Infected section of the Security forum. AS this section is only for intros and not security replies. Not a big deal. You can find thie new topic there or click your post here and you will be taken there.

Its not unusual to receive such an error after using specialized fix tools.

A "Cannot find...", "Could not run...", "Error loading... or "specific module could not be found" message is usually related to malware that was set to run at startup but has been deleted. Windows is trying to load this file but cannot locate it since the file was mostly likely removed during an anti-virus or anti-malware scan. However, an associated orphaned registry entry remains and is telling Windows to load the file when you boot up. Since the file no longer exists, Windows will display an error message. You need to remove this registry entry so Windows stops searching for the file when it loads.

To resolve this, download Autoruns search for the related entry and then delete it.
Create a new folder on your hard drive called AutoRuns (C:\AutoRuns) and extract (unzip) the file there. (click HERE if you're not sure how to do this.)
Open the folder and double-click on autoruns.exe to launch it.
Please be patient as it scans and populates the entries.
When done scanning, it will say Ready at the bottom.
Scroll through the list and look for a startup entry related to the file(s) in the error message.
Right-click on the entry and choose delete.
Reboot your computer and see if the startup error returns.
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