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Bootup message in Windows XP

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I could really use some help here. First, let me state the problem. Whenever I boot up, I recieve the following message:

"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.

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Please go to the malware forum and read up on how to remove a virus or trojan from your computer.The malware techs there will help you with any problems you have. I have seen this before as part of the smitfraud trojan.

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you could also go to ...start...run...type in...msconfig....click on ...OK...click on the ..start up tab..uncheck everything but your anti virus and firewall...
then go to start...all programs..look for startup folder and delete everything in there...they are just shortcuts....reboot...you will get a window telling you have changed the way windows starts...put a checkmark in the box that says..don't show this again

run ad-aware in safe mode

Edited by happyrck, 18 July 2006 - 03:59 PM.

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