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prgds.exe error at startup

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#1 jannoth


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Posted 09 May 2010 - 10:28 AM

I've been helping a friend who's PC was running slowly. They had no protection at all so suffered from multiple infections (surprise, surprise!).

I cleared the System Restore history then ran the ESET online scanner (cleared 68 infections), MBAM (cleared 70+ infections) then installed Avast Home (which found 4 more). I then set the Paging file to zero, defragemented the C:\ drive (was 34% fragmented!!) before replacing the Paging file etc and generally the system runs fine.

Problem : at bootup, as soon as the user is selected from the login screen, an error is displayed as follows:

Windows cannot find 'C:\Windows\System32\drivers\Prgds.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and click Search.

The system specs follow below and a summary of what I've tried. Can anyone please give me a hand fixing this?

PC, P4 3GHz with 1GB RAM
240GB HDD with 156 GB free
XP Home with all updates & SP3 (tho Contro Panel/Performance still showing as SP2).

Already Attempted
As already outlined above, I ran XP's Cleanup feature; CCleaner for any remaining fragments (all suggestions were fixed); Hijackthis (didn't see any references to prgds); ATF Cleaner (all options were ticked); Msconfig (Diagnostic option made no difference, and have deselected almost all Startup and Services - but no change).

I now had no idea - any help please??



Edited by Orange Blossom, 09 May 2010 - 08:55 PM.
Move to AII ~ OB

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