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Why is dll in Macromedia folder part of startup?

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#1 Haddonfield


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Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:25 PM

Hello everybody!

This is my first post, and glad to be part of the community. I have been reading these forums for a little bit, but for some reason never posted. Well, now I do.

First and foremost I apologize if this topic has been covered. I searched for it, but couldn't find it based on the keywords I used.

Yesterday my computer was infected by a Virus, which limited my internet access and wouldn't allow me to install and run Antivirus and Malware programs to remove it. I finally found a way around that, got AntiVir and Malwarebyte Anti-Malware installed and able to remove the virus (my original anti-virus program didn't pick up the virus). Since I removed this virus I get a pop-up error message whenever I log into windows XP. It says :

Error loading: C:\Documents and Settings\~\Macromedia\Common\74d780301.dll. The specified module cannot be found.

When I go to this folder the dll does not exist. Hence the message, but when I run msconfig and look under the STARTUP tab I notice the following

Startup name: 74d780301
Command: rundll32.exe "C:\Documents and Settings\~\Macromedia\Common\74d780301.dll"
Location: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Run

Does anyone know why this dll, found in the Macromedia\Common folder, is part of my startup? What does the purpose of this dll? Also, why is rundll32.exe in front of the path of the dll?

Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.


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#2 garmanma


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Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:30 PM

It is more than likely an orphaned entry leftover from the infection
Download Autoruns:
Search for the specified .dll and check the box by it. That should prevent it from trying to run at startup
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#3 hamluis



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Posted 03 March 2009 - 01:14 PM

With Autoruns, it's best to start on the Logon tab when looking for startup items which are safe to remove/disable.


#4 Haddonfield

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 02:17 PM

That worked. Thanks for your help.

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