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#1 Pearl7

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 10:26 AM

I am having trouble opening applications. When I try to open it gives me an error of "Cannot find the file 'rundll32.exe' (or one of it's components). Can someone help me fix this issue? I am currently using Windows 2000 Professional.

Unfortunately I cannot find my Windows 2000 disk. I do however have a Windows 98 and Windows ME disk. I don't want to change to Windows ME because it conflicted with some programs and my husband doesn't want it on our computer.

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 11:23 AM

Hello Pearl7 and welcome to BC.

Which appplication(s) are you having this problem with?

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#3 Pearl7

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 12:58 PM

I am having trouble with several different applications. For instance, if I go to the control panel I can not open most of the applications. I can however open add/remove programs and administrative settings. Other items I can not open would be shortcuts on my desktop.

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 07:26 PM

Pearl7,

I did some searching for you and came across this site:

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/winfiles.html

The site says that this is the result of the CoolWebSearch Trojan (Virus)
I'm not sure if this is what your problem is, but the symptoms are exactly as you described.

The site also has a fix, but if you don't feel comfortable downloading from that site, just do a Google Search for Cool Web Search Trojan , and you should be able to find other sites that have the fix.

Hope that Helps!

Edited by windowsxp550, 09 August 2005 - 07:26 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 08:01 PM

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dl and install adaware, spybot, install in normal mode, update them, go into safe mode run them.remove what it finds. you may also have to repair/reinstall your OS. so find a win2000 disk.
Google...Google.....browse..read

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 08:25 PM

The most effective ap for removing coolwebsearch is CWShredder.

CWShredder
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Freeware
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshr...r_download.html

If that isn't completely successful download "Hijack This" and follow the directions on the link we will give you.

Download here:
Hijack This and a variety of other tools for malware and pestware
http://216.180.233.162/~merijn/files/HijackThis.exe or
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

Follow the directions posted here:
How to submit a "Hijack This" log and obtain help on our Hijack This forum:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/How...s_Log-t956.html

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 10:54 AM

:thumbsup: Thank you soo much. The Merlin website helped fix the problem. I already have AdAware on my computer and I do remember the CoolWebSearch coming up. I guess it got to my computer before I could.

Thanks again.

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 10:43 PM

If I were you, I would post a log in the proper topic of our forum.

Unless you are an expert at the registry you should never make changes to it yourself or using any program that alters it.

Follow the directions posted here:
How to submit a "Hijack This" log and obtain help on our Hijack This forum:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/How...s_Log-t956.html

By the way - clear all your system restore points so you don't reinfect your computer with the CWS malware in the future. Clear the old points and then create a new one (if you are sure you got all the malware removed).

CWS is one of the most malicious and persistent infections that exist.

Edited by Enthusiast, 14 August 2005 - 10:47 PM.





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