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#1 data3

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 10:23 PM

When I log on I get the following message:

logon.exe

Windows can not find 'logon.exe', make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the start button, and then select search.

When I click the ok button the computer works fine, this started right after I was getting a lot of pop ups. I think I fixed the pop up problem because they have stopped.
I did the file search and found a file, WINLOGON.EXE-0957F9B2.pf, I sent this to the recycle bin but doing another file search shows it has returned in the prefetch file.
I have already done a Hijackthis scan and have saved the log.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 11:38 PM

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. logon.exe
Right-click on the entry and choose delete.
Reboot your computer and see if the startup error returns.
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Posted 01 January 2010 - 02:14 AM

I found this file only, it looks to me like a MS windows file so I haven't deleted it yet, could you offer some guidance?

logonui.exe Windows Logon UI Microsoft Corporation c:\windows\system32\logonui.exe

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 02:26 PM

Mark,

Thanks for the help, I went back this morning and found the file, deleted it as you said and things seem to be working fine now.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 07:05 PM

Very good, just keep and eye on it for a while
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