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#1 Johnny Boy

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 07:14 PM

My computer began randomly missing certain .dll files. I have a list of them but I'm not home, I won't be until later but I was wondering if anyone knows what causes this and/or a good website where I can download missing .dlls,unless I can use my Windows XP disk. I ran Hijackthis and looked over the log myself and found many missing file errors and they were all .dll's.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 03:53 AM

The "File Missing "message in HJT logs not necessarely means you are really missing thoses files. This could also be the result of a remainder of malware which was removed via your security programs.

The most prudent steps to undertake are :
n normal mode, run an online antivirus check from at least two and preferably three of the following sites
BitDefender
Computer Associates Online Virus Scan
Panda's ActiveScan
Trend Micro Housecall
Windows Live Safety Center Free Online Scan
This scanner from Trend does not require an Active X to run.

1. Detects and removes malware ( viruses, worms, trojans, etc. )
2. Detects and removes grayware and spyware
3. Restores damage caused by malware to your system.
4. Notifies about vulnerabilities in installed programs and connected network services.
5. Multi-platform support for: Windows, Linux, Solaris.
6. Easy-to-use with the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

If you are sure you are clean than :

* Clean your Cache and Cookies in IE:

* Close all instances of Outlook Express and Internet Explorer
* Go to Control Panel > Internet Options > General tab
* Under Browsing History, click "Delete".
* Click "Delete Files", "Delete cookies" and "Delete history"
* Click Close below.

* Clean your Cache and Cookies in Firefox (In case you also have Firefox installed):

* Go to Tools > Options.
* Click Privacy in the menu..
* Click the Clear now button below.. A new window will popup what to clear.
* Select all and click the Clear button again.
* Click OK to close the Options window

* Clean other Temporary files + Recycle bin

* Go to start > run and type: cleanmgr and click ok.
* Let it scan your system for files to remove.
* Make sure Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files, and Recycle Bin are the only things checked.
* Press OK to remove them.

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try to do a repair with sfc/scannow and have your XP pro disc ready since it will need to copy those files from the disc. Here is an excellent tutorial on that subject.

Post back the results of the scans you did if you have any doubt.

Edited by fozzie, 15 March 2007 - 03:54 AM.


#3 TheTerrorist_75

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 02:21 PM

Symptons like that usually point to a failing hard drive.
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Posted 15 March 2007 - 08:54 PM

Thanks for you advice guys, im probably getting a new harddrive anyway and start over completely because my computer is screwed over. But I will try what you guys said first.
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