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Hey folks! I seem a bit stuck on an issue that may or may not involve some other issues that I've discovered in attempting to fix it - and I figured perhaps someone here would be able to help, or at the very least, point me in the right direction.

So initial problem came to light the other day when I tried to run a Disk Defrag on my system (Windows Vista). I open up defrag, and it tells me my "System performance can be improved"; I click 'Defragment Now...' and am presented the opportunity to pick my drives, and everything seems to be going well - it says it's defragmenting, but then suddenly switches back to 'Analyzing' and settles on telling me I should defrag my drive.

Perusing the internet for a solution had me run a chkdsk (as Admin) - which couldn't run without having to do so at boot up (and when I have it try this, it doesn't seem to actually do anything). So then I tried Sfc /scannow which told me it couldn't repair a few things.

Checking my CBS.log file finds a few entries that couldn't be repaired:

2012-01-24 18:45:45, Info                  CSI    00000095 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"autochk.exe" of Microsoft-Windows-Autochk, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 18:45:48, Info                  CSI    00000097 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"autochk.exe" of Microsoft-Windows-Autochk, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 18:53:29, Info                  CSI    00000182 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"settings.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 18:53:32, Info                  CSI    00000184 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"settings.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 18:57:07, Info                  CSI    000001e0 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"autochk.exe" of Microsoft-Windows-Autochk, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 18:57:07, Info                  CSI    000001e2 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"settings.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 18:57:07, Info                  CSI    000001e4 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"settings.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 18:57:07, Info                  CSI    000001e7 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"autochk.exe" of Microsoft-Windows-Autochk, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 18:57:07, Info                  CSI    000001eb [SR] Could not reproject corrupted file [ml:520{260},l:46{23}]"\??\C:\Windows\System32"\[l:22{11}]"autochk.exe"; source file in store is also corrupted
2012-01-24 19:58:18, Info                  CSI    00000182 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"settings.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 19:58:22, Info                  CSI    00000184 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"settings.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 20:01:52, Info                  CSI    000001e0 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"autochk.exe" of Microsoft-Windows-Autochk, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 20:01:52, Info                  CSI    000001e2 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"settings.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 20:01:52, Info                  CSI    000001e4 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"settings.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 20:01:52, Info                  CSI    000001e7 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"autochk.exe" of Microsoft-Windows-Autochk, Version = 6.0.6002.18005, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2012-01-24 20:01:52, Info                  CSI    000001eb [SR] Could not reproject corrupted file [ml:520{260},l:46{23}]"\??\C:\Windows\System32"\[l:22{11}]"autochk.exe"; source file in store is also corrupted

Additionally, one of the 'help' articles I found in googling my problems had me in 'Task Scheduler', and when I opened it a prompt came up saying "The Task Image is corrupt or has been tampered with.User_Feed_Synchronization-{FB56CB09-2BFD-4ABC-8787-91EAD84}". I'm not sure any of the problem are related, but some of it seems like stuff that should be fixed and my trail of google-fueled help as run dry.

Thanks for your time!

Edited by Discloner, 24 January 2012 - 08:46 PM.

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If me, I would boot into Safe Mode and run from a command prompt, chkdsk x: /r where x is the drive letter. On a large drive, it may take many hours (over night) to complete. Just let it run. Once chkdsk is complete and while still in Safe Mode, run defrag on that drive.

Note make sure you have run Windows Vista Disk Cleanup, TFC by Oldtimer (the most aggressive cleaner) or CCleaner (select CCleaner Slim version for no toolbar option) BEFORE defragging. It is counterproductive to defrag with potentially 1000s of tiny temporary files on your disks.

Before using any of these options, know your site credentials (user names and passwords) for sites you frequent before cleaning as you will have to login again at next visit. And if you choose CCleaner, before first use, go to Options > Settings > Advanced and ensure Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 24 hours is unchecked.

Have you scanned for malware?
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Before I started this thread I tried to do everything in Safe Mode, no dice.

In googling 'autochk.exe' errors I came across this:
http://www.vistax64....rtup-vista.html

Followed the instructions to replacing my autochk.exe file, which apparently had become corrupted - and now defrag works. And Chkdsk now runs at start-up if you ask it to.

Sfc /Scannow still produces unfixable errors though...

Before starting this whole process (and attempting to defrag my computer), I ran a full-computer AVG-Anti Virus scan that found and removed a few things - which prompted me to dig a bit further into cleaning up my system.
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Well, I am glad chkdsk and defrag work now. As for scannow, unfixable errors do not always mean Windows is having problems. Is everything working fine otherwise?
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As far as I can tell! Thanks for your time! :happy:
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You are welcome.
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Oops - perhaps I spoke too soon. Ever since I fixed my autochk.exe and defrag'd my system I'm prompted with an 'Open with' window when I start up my device. I checked out my msconfig start up list and there isn't anything listed that it could be...the odd part is that it's a file named "Cody" (me?), but doesn't have an extension...

I'm baffled as to how to make it stop appearing when I boot up. It's not a huge deal because I just click 'cancel' and it goes away - but it seems like I shouldn't have to.

Any ideas? I've attached an image of what the prompt looks like. Perhaps I should move my investigation to the malware board?

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Edited by Discloner, 29 January 2012 - 12:42 AM.

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Not enough information. What do you mean by "device" when you say, when I startup my "device"?

And your screen shot does not really help either because we don't know what the file, "Cody" is. The fact Adobe reader is highlighted suggest Windows thinks it is a PDF file. I would do a search on Cody and see if it can be determined where that file is, what type it is, why it is being called up at start, and if it can be deleted.
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Not enough information. What do you mean by "device" when you say, when I startup my "device"?

My Laptop. When Vista boots up and I log in, this pops up once everything in start-up, starts up.

And your screen shot does not really help either because we don't know what the file, "Cody" is. The fact Adobe reader is highlighted suggest Windows thinks it is a PDF file. I would do a search on Cody and see if it can be determined where that file is, what type it is, why it is being called up at start, and if it can be deleted.


That's my problem - I don't know what the file is; if anything it's not a file. Cody is my name - so there are a bunch of files with 'Cody' in it on the computer, and folders named Cody, but as far as I can tell from searching my computer, there is no single file named simply 'Cody' - nor can I find any instance of anything along those lines in any of the system preferences for start-up programs.

It's not a pdf - I've tried selecting a bunch of programs but none of them actually open whatever it is.

Edited by Discloner, 29 January 2012 - 11:23 AM.

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But it appears as cody with no file extention (.###) somewhere, either in your Startup folder under your Start Orb menu, or in your Registry where the file named cody is trying to start or run or be loaded by something that is being told to start.

I would look under Start Orb > All Programs > Startup first and verify what is in there is what you want to be in there. Nothing has to be in there for Windows to work normally.

I would run msconfig and look under the Startup tab and verify there too. If not sure, leave it and do more research or come back here and ask.
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Msconfig was my first stop when this started happening, but I checked it again and still can't find anything out of the norm (or anything that would point to 'Cody.mysteriousextension'). Nothing in startup either.

...aren't those the only places a file that tries to start up during...uh...start up...exist? :blink:
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This is likely being done in the Registry with a "Run" command. But note it appears it is not Cody that is trying to run, but some other program that is being called up that is trying to run it. And you get the error because this program cannot find it - or so that is my guess. For example, if you put a Word document in your Start menu, Word starts, then tries to open the doc.

After you boot, look in Task Manager to see what is running that might want to call up this file. Adobe, Word, Notepad, etc.
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