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mr gambo

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Hi folks. This is bugging me. I installed some software on my mums machine and then Freecell wouldn't work. GPF came in. The offender was rundll32 as when I disabled it eveything appeared fine, except I couldn't set up a shortcut on the desktop as it needed it. Some posts on the web say the file should be in windows/system32 dir, the shortcut problem still remains, and if I put it back in windows dir it causes the problem with the GPF. Any ideas as my old girl is getting angry? I did do a hjt scan and posted it but thought I'd try this forum too.

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Hi mr gambo and Welcome to Geeks To Go

What software did you install ?

I installed some software on my mums machine and then Freecell wouldn't work.

Freecell is a game I suppose, but regardless at that point I would have suspected the software I just installed!! I would either uninstall it or try to fix it. ;)
By GPF ;) I am assuming you mean a General Protection Fault Error. If I'm right in that what exactly was the error. That would help determine the problem.

The offender was rundll32 as when I disabled it eveything appeared fine, except I couldn't set up a shortcut on the desktop as it needed it.

I'm assuming the error mentioned rundll32. Not sure how you disabled it? Did you delete it rename it or move it? Tell me exactly what you did please. Where was it originally located at anyway?

Rundll32 is an important file, you need to leave it alone unless it is corrupt or something. See Microsoft Info By "disabling" rundll32 you probably killed all kinds of stuff on your machine. not just shortcuts! :tazz:

Most likely the problem wasn't rundll32 but the dll passed to rundll32. That's why the exact details of the error message would really have helped. :)

Some posts on the web say the file should be in windows/system32 dir

I'm assuming you have win 98SE on that machine. rundll32 is located in c:/windows/ on every one of my win 98se machines. And as far as I know on a win 98 machine that's where it goes normally. Too many versions and flavors of windows and on some it is in windows/system32 (I think?)

Unless rundll32 is corrupt put it back!! And for future reference leave stuff alone you don't understand. Yeah i know ya learn that way, I do that too. But I at least have clue first!

I did do a hjt scan and posted it

Good idea there. I'm going to find it and glance thru it. I'm just a student here so I can't answer your HJT log, but I can certainly see if you have a problem!!
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Can't find your Hijack This log. did you post it here? ;) You should, at least we could see if your machine has malware problems causing this. Follow the instructions Here and post your log in the malware forum. I'll watch for it. :tazz:
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thanks for the reply/s. The software was (wait for it) Warez p2p. [Holds ears and waits for the screaming and laughing to stop] On the malware site is my hjt scan from today. I have the other on tomcoyote forum. Since yesterday I have ran spybot and adaware se personal and removed a lot of the offending gremlins. I have left rundll32.exe in c:/windows dir. A fresh file from www.driverguide.com, excellent site eh? To disable it I end task in the systray. It still lets other apps function though I do have to end it every time on reboot. Warez p2p is now gone, though I suspect the damage is done eh? Anyway, here is the log and thanks again. Oh yeh, the general protection fault is something like FREECELL
caused a general protection fault in module CARDS.DLL at
0001:00000903. Pretty common according to my searches though I know it's not the underlying problem. :tazz:

Edited by mr gambo, 26 May 2005 - 12:40 PM.

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Thanks for the reply. I'll look at the HJT log you just posted. it wasn't posted earlier. never heard of Warez p2p but it probably caused the problem. And yeah it is funny. :) :tazz: :) Might be better to let the malware specialists there remove the trash from your machine and see if that clears it up.

www.driverguide.com, excellent site eh?

Yeah I love it. ;) Had to use it too many times myself.

you might consider looking at Clean and Infected File Sharing Programs. I use Gnucleus myself. Legally by the way I distribute Music friends of mine make, it's for sell locally but not nationally and I have permission to do so. That's about all I use it for. ;)
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Yeah ya gotta problem. Just looked at your HJT log. Better let greyknight17 help ya fix the malware problems. he does a great job, i notice things like that. And if you still have your rundll32 problems post here again and we'll see what can be done. That's about all I can say. :tazz:
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StarHawk, you and greyknight17 deserve sloppy sex from supermodels. ;) Thanks for everything though I dare say you aint heard the last of me :tazz:
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Just out of curiosity, what sort of music is it???
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Their CD Real Life (band Average Talk) promotes itself as

"Gutwrenching Industrial Garage Punk" Recorded at Odd Box Studio at various times from late 1980's thru mid 1990's.


Odd Box studio is one of my friends garage. You'd have to hear it to know what it is cause I couldn't descibe it. :tazz:
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