"Windows cannot find 'C:\Progra~1\Common~1\Scanner\PPUPDS~1.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search."
My desktop then won't show until I actually click "ok." After that, my computer doesn't seem to act out of the ordinary or particularly slow.
This just started happening yesterday. The only things I recently installed (in the past 2 weeks) were the Microsoft updates from July 11 (Windows and Office) and an update to Webroot's Spysweeper (from v4.5 to v5).
I ran Symantec Anti-virus (v10.1), but it found nothing. Spysweeper and Spybot also found nothing. Whnever I try to run Ad-aware, however, it will only scan for about a minute, and then stop scanning--it doesn't freeze; I can cancel out of it at this point--don't know if this is related or not.
I have one item in my Startup folder, but it is an unrelated program. (However, this is the item on which Ad-aware will stop--coincidence?).
There's nothing listed under Task Manager that I don't recognize. But when I check my startup items under MSConfig, it does list two things that I don't recognize: "IDA - C:\Program Files\IDA\IDA.exe -autorun" and "SMaster - C:\Program Files\Software323\SMaster\Smaster.exe". None of these folders exist on my hard drive.
The above two items are also listed in my HiJackThis log, as well as the PPUPDSTUB error I get when I boot up. I've tried fixing them in HiJackThis and also unchecking the two in MSConfig that appear there, but they always reappear.
I used to have a program years ago installed on my computer called "Internet Download Accelerator (IDA)," but I've since done many fresh installs of Windows, so I don't think it's a remnant of that.
I would appreciate any help, as this is driving me nuts. Please ask away if you have any questions or want me to post a HiuJackThis or some other log.