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eef2
12-01-2006, 07:22 PM
Don't laugh, team, but somehow I;ve lost the ablility to open My Computer.
Not that it bothers me as I can well do without it, and almost always do. However, for the sake of a clean system, which I've just reinstalled as Win 98SE, I'd like to know what to associate it with. Is it Run32.dll?
Thanks in anticipation.
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Speedy Gonzales
12-01-2006, 07:38 PM
Do you mean My computer (as in XP), or Windows Explorer (98)?

Just make a shortcut on the desktop and type in explorer in it. See what happens.

What does my computer say when u try and open it?? An error appear, or it just doesnt open?

eef2
12-01-2006, 08:09 PM
Speedy,
Win 98 SE. When double clicking on My Computer, the kernel sends a message box up that says" This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in My Computer by clicking View and then clicking Folder options."
Well, not being able to open My Computer, as above, I opened Explorer and followed the procedure in the dialogue Box, but "My Computer" was not there.
"My Documents" was there and had a generic icon with it. I could add My Computer, but I don't want to associate it with Expplorer.exe because that's not the right one (the one that opens several minimised windows - you know).
When I created a shortcut to get it to open in explorer anyway, it had the two boxes greyed out where you would put this information.
What do I do now?

Speedy Gonzales
12-01-2006, 08:32 PM
Post a hijackthis log (http://www.merijn.org/files/hijackthis.zip) here.

Unzip the file first. We'll see if something is stuffing it up.

eef2
12-01-2006, 09:42 PM
OK thanks for the file, speedy, here's the log:
I thought I'd show you so you can tell me what's safe to delete and what's not: ;)
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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:37:51, on 12/01/06
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tsk
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\ZONE LABS\ZONEALARM\ZLCLIENT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\MOZILLA FIREFOX\FIREFOX.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\SPINACH ANTISPYWARE\ANTISPYWARE.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\VCOM\POWERDESK\PDDLGHLP.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DDHELP.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SPOOL32.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\E_SICN03.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\MOZILLA THUNDERBIRD\THUNDERBIRD.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\MICROSOFT SHARED\MSINFO\MSINFO32.EXE
D:\HOLDING NEW\HIJACKTHIS.EXE

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.mozilla.com/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {724d43a9-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\roboform.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSDXM.OCX
O3 - Toolbar: &RoboForm - {724d43a0-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\roboform.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ScanRegistry] C:\WINDOWS\scanregw.exe /autorun
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Fix-It AV] C:\PROGRA~1\VCOM\FIX-IT\MEMCHECK.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Tweak UI] RUNDLL32.EXE TWEAKUI.CPL,TweakMeUp
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [TrueVector] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE -service
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Tweak UI] RUNDLL32.EXE TWEAKUI.CPL,TweakLogon
O4 - Startup: EPSON Status Monitor 3 Environment Check.lnk = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\E_SRCV03.EXE
O4 - Startup: Fix-It.lnk = C:\Program Files\VCOM\Fix-It\mxtask.exe
O4 - Startup: Mozilla Firefox.lnk = C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
O4 - Startup: Spinach AntiSpyware.lnk = C:\Program Files\Spinach AntiSpyware\AntiSpyware.exe
O4 - Startup: Dialog Helper.lnk = C:\Program Files\VCOM\PowerDesk\pddlghlp.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: RoboForm Toolbar - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Fill Forms - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Save Forms - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Customize Menu - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComCustomizeIEMenu.html
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dll
O9 - Extra button: RoboForm - {724d43aa-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: RoboForm Toolbar - {724d43aa-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
O9 - Extra button: Fill Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F46} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Fill Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F46} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
O9 - Extra button: Save - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F49} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Save Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F49} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
O12 - Plugin for .PDF: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\nppdf32.dll

Speedy Gonzales
12-01-2006, 10:06 PM
Umm this entry

C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL32.EXE

Did someone move this file? As it should be in the C:/windows/system32 folder.

Do a search for this file, (and see if there's only 1 file with this name) right mouse on it, does it show:

5.1.2600.2180 under the version tab? And under the general tab, is it:

size 32.5 kb (33,280 bytes), and
size on disk 36.0 kb (36,864 bytes).

This maybe different to yours. I dont know, Im using SP2, you're using SP1.

If it shows the info above, put it / copy it to c:/windows/system32

Where did you get this from?

C:\PROGRAM FILES\SPINACH ANTISPYWARE\ANTISPYWARE.EXE

I think the prob maybe that rundll32.exe file. Its in the wrong folder.

Everything else looks fine to me.

eef2
12-01-2006, 10:38 PM
I got the Spinach file from Slingshot. It's their special.
My run dll file is old and it's in windows not windows\system.
What I'll do now is use an undelete utility to try and restore that updated run dll you described so well. Thanks for your help so far - I'll let you know how I got on.
Oh, I also used Adaware and quaranteened about 20 nuisance files as well.
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eef2
13-01-2006, 02:56 AM
Here's how I got on: I gave up. :horrified
The only way I could get the little explorer window back was when I invoked it from Firefox's download manager where you right click in the manager to get an option to "open containing folder". That's what I wanted wwhen I double clicked My computer. :cool:
Oh well, that's computers for you...... :badpc:
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Myth
13-01-2006, 07:56 AM
RUNDLL and RUNDLL32both reside within C:\WINDOWS by default in W98SE

As mentioned earlier.. Win Explorer (My Computer in 98) is associated with EXPLORER.EXE

Read how to associate files here... (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306493)

pctek
13-01-2006, 09:01 AM
You have a lot of tweak tools - TweakUi, Fix-It etc etc.
I'd have made sure everything works properly before installing and messing about with all of those.
Which TweakUI did you download - 1.33? Cause the other is for XP only. I notice there is a TweakLogon entry - thats not something Win98 needs...

eef2
13-01-2006, 12:43 PM
You're right, TAZZ, and PC Tech - not sure how to get version of TweakUI, but you're right, too. I've absolutely blocked it's Rundll32.dll startup using Spinach, and blocked it's main startup progame too. I would only use it when necessary, not every day.
Well, guys, the miracle did happen. :) Using good old "Scanreg \restore" in DOS
after several abortive tries, because I finally remembered that it had been a few days before I restored the system and re-installed all my programes, I was able to select the earliest date (not run) of my backup cabs, and presto - everything works again.
Another testomony to the fact the backups are so important to do. :nerd:
eef2.