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Strange Screen On Boot

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#1 OBXSoulSurfer


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Posted 09 October 2006 - 03:48 PM

When booting, after the XP Splash screen, but before the desktop loads I get a dialog box that pops up that either contains a couple characters of gibberish or a file name from the system32 directory (the file name changes, very seldom repeating any given file). The only choice is to click 'OK' at which point the boot continues normally. Workstation is virus, adware and spyware free, I've been thru hijackthis, msconfig and regedit and don't see anything unusual. I can't do a screen grab cause it happens to early in the cycle to allow it. Attempting to Google the solution hasn't worked because of the vague and changing nature of the problem .. anyone out there ever seen anything like this before and have any ideas? It does not seem to affect the computers performance, but all the same, I would really like to get rid of it.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 05:20 PM

Have you tried booting in safe mode? Does it show up then?

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 09:48 AM

Yes, when booting into Safe Mode the box DOES appear.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 09:55 AM

Do you have the Windows XP disk for that computer (not a manufacturer's restore cd)?

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 10:58 AM

Can you use a digital camera to capture the screen?

I suspect that this is the remnant of a program (or virus) that has been removed. Windows is trying to find it (and can't) so it pops up the dialog box.

Since the file name changes, I'd suspect that it's a result of a virus rather than a known program.

Try this free, online scan: http://safety.live.com/ It will not only scan for malware, but will also try to fix problems with your registry (where this bugger is probably coming from).

Also, you can use this free app to check your startups: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Autoruns.html

Normally I recommend this startup app: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml But since this is a particularly strange problem I'd suggest using the more complicated application.
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