Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

How To Get Rid Of Common Folder On Startup?


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 west_trinity

west_trinity

  • Members
  • 3 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:06:10 AM

Posted 08 July 2007 - 02:04 PM

On startup, a 'Common' folder opens onto my desktop.
I've tried HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, but am not able to find anything signifying where the problem might lie.
And before I delete EVERYTHING from my computer, I thought I'd ask for help. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 JohnWho

JohnWho

    Who was running the store?


  • Members
  • 2,611 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA
  • Local time:07:10 AM

Posted 08 July 2007 - 02:36 PM

Hey west_trinity - :thumbsup: to the board.


I'm not sure I understand -

is it opening a "folder" view on the desktop?

Is there anything in the folder or is it empty?

What do you mean by "common" folder?


Maybe someone else knows exactly what you are describing, but otherwise, a little more description would help.


I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!


#3 JohnWho

JohnWho

    Who was running the store?


  • Members
  • 2,611 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA
  • Local time:07:10 AM

Posted 08 July 2007 - 02:39 PM

Oh,

is this what you are talking about?

System32 Folder Opens When Logging on to Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows NT 4.0


I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!


#4 west_trinity

west_trinity
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 3 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:06:10 AM

Posted 08 July 2007 - 08:10 PM

Thanks for replying JohnWho...

A blank, open file folder (entitled Common) appears on my desktop at startup. I suppose it could be a System32 folder (assuming, of course, I actually knew what a System32 folder was).
In the link you provided, directions state, "...To correct the problem, change the value data to match the entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run or delete the ActiveMovie File Extensions value.
You can resolve this behavior by deleting the Remainder value that has "" next to it in the... registry key."

WOW! No idea what that means.
And, yes, my wife dresses me too.

#5 Queen-Evie

Queen-Evie

    Official Bleepin' G.R.I.T.S. (and proud of it)


  • Members
  • 16,485 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:My own little corner of the universe (somewhere in Alabama). It's OK, they know me here
  • Local time:06:10 AM

Posted 09 July 2007 - 05:35 AM

Basically, System32 is a directory that is required on any Microsoft Windows system. So, if you use Windows, you've got to have System32 working in order for your computer to run properly.

Have you tried disabling start-up items in msconfig? I've seen one reference that says try this.
The only critical things needed at start-up are antivirus and firewall applications. You don't need media players, instant messengers, Office, etc loading on start-up. All of these can be opened manually as you need them.
Look through msconfig, see what's enabled. Disabled the non-critical items, reboot the computer and see if the folder still opens. If not, you can enable msconfig items one by one to narrow down what is causing the issue. IF IN DOUBT ABOUT AND ENTRY, LEAVE IT ALONE. Then come back here and ask about it OR do a google search for it.

#6 usasma

usasma

    Still visually handicapped (avatar is memory developed by my Dad


  • BSOD Kernel Dump Expert
  • 25,091 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Southeastern CT, USA
  • Local time:07:10 AM

Posted 09 July 2007 - 06:07 AM

Have you recently removed a virus from your system? If so, this is likely a remnant of it that wasn't properly removed. This is just a program that runs at system startup that would launch the virus and it's easy to remove, but may be difficult to locate.

Try this free utility to locate files that launch from the "Common" folder, then selectively disable them one-by-one until you locate the offending entry - then delete it. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/Autoruns.mspx
My browser caused a flood of traffic, sio my IP address was banned. Hope to fix it soon. Will get back to posting as soon as Im able.

- John  (my website: http://www.carrona.org/ )**If you need a more detailed explanation, please ask for it. I have the Knack. **  If I haven't replied in 48 hours, please send me a message. My eye problems have recently increased and I'm having difficult reading posts. (23 Nov 2017)FYI - I am completely blind in the right eye and ~30% blind in the left eye.<p>If the eye problems get worse suddenly, I may not be able to respond.If that's the case and help is needed, please PM a staff member for assistance.

#7 west_trinity

west_trinity
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 3 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:06:10 AM

Posted 09 July 2007 - 10:32 AM

Wowwwwwww!!! Who knew? And here I'd been using a hammer to fix my computer. That didn't work either, but it sure made me feel a lot better.
Anyway... Thank you all very much for your assistance. I REALLY couldn't have fixed the problem without you.

Sincerely,
Jay

#8 usasma

usasma

    Still visually handicapped (avatar is memory developed by my Dad


  • BSOD Kernel Dump Expert
  • 25,091 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Southeastern CT, USA
  • Local time:07:10 AM

Posted 10 July 2007 - 05:51 AM

FWIW, I also prefer the hammer method - but the customers get upset when I do this. So I've had to learn alternate methods to keep 'em happy! :thumbsup:
My browser caused a flood of traffic, sio my IP address was banned. Hope to fix it soon. Will get back to posting as soon as Im able.

- John  (my website: http://www.carrona.org/ )**If you need a more detailed explanation, please ask for it. I have the Knack. **  If I haven't replied in 48 hours, please send me a message. My eye problems have recently increased and I'm having difficult reading posts. (23 Nov 2017)FYI - I am completely blind in the right eye and ~30% blind in the left eye.<p>If the eye problems get worse suddenly, I may not be able to respond.If that's the case and help is needed, please PM a staff member for assistance.

#9 JohnWho

JohnWho

    Who was running the store?


  • Members
  • 2,611 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA
  • Local time:07:10 AM

Posted 10 July 2007 - 08:10 AM

Well,

I stopped using the hammer method

after I broke my best hammer!

:thumbsup:


I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users