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help from somebody with serious comp knowledge please

I know we have computer programmers etc. on the board. If any of you know how I can fix this, I would really appreciate it.

What happened was my laptop was connected to the internet and contracted something similar to the following:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com.../mirc.lxd.html

This virus carries a copy of mIRC chat software with it in case you don't already have it on your comp. So this virus I think installed mIRC onto my laptop in a very crude fashion, it cannot be uninstalled through the normal windows control panel. I think the program is gone, and the virus is as well thanks to Norton, but now what happens is that every single time I load Windows, i get the error message pop-up: "Run-time error '53': File not found." Once I click ok, the pop-up is gone and everything is fine, but it is annoying.

My guess is the windows registry is looking for some file related to the crude installation of mIRC thanks to the virus. I don't know how to find and delete this reference. I tried opening the Windows.ini file and that has hardly anything in it, much less a reference to mIRC.

The laptop is running Windows 2000 <groan>

Can anybody help me stop this error message when i boot up?

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yuo could click on Start => Run, then type "regedit" and hit Enter.

next, in the left-hand pane of the regedit program, click HKEY_Local_Machine, then Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, Run.

look at the entries underneath Run and try to make sure that each is valid; if there appears to be one that is pointing to the program described in the virus article or some other invalid program, highlight the entry in the right-hand pane and Delete it.

when yuo reboot hopefully that message will no longer appear

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maybe he should back up the reg first?
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ckb, here are the entries in the registry where you described:



In that error 53 message I get on start up, it says "die" in the title bar of the pop up.

Could it be the entry referring to die.exe that is causing that? The thing is I have to be absolutely certain that anything I delete will not harm the laptop because if I fuck it up words cannot even begin to describe the amount of shit I am in.

thanks for your help
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poe, is your laptop still under factory garentee? If so you can call tech support maybe?

Also I have a question.

Does anybody know what causes the mouse not to respond. This is annoying when this happens. Like the cursur moves by itself and you have to reboot.
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if you're talking about a laptop with one of those little knobs that you move with your finger for the mouse, those do that all the time.. you just have to take your finger off and wait til it stops moving on it's own, then it will be fine.
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oh and i dunno about any factory guarantee and since this is a virus and not a failure on the comp's part I don't know that they would be obligated to fix it. And I really don't want to have to go through all that trouble.
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Microsoft has tech support as well.
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ok then if you are in school or work somewhere ask somebody who is in the computer department who knows a lot to take a look at your laptop (hide or save to disk any "sensitive information" first)
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Microsoft has tech support as well.
yeah and i'm really interested in wasting 3 hours of my day on hold with them so that they can tell me they can't help with virus related issues
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If you're still coverd by a tech support contract, I think it's worth calling Microsoft or the company that made your laptop - they may not replace anything but they may be able to help you sort this out.

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yeah and i'm really interested in wasting 3 hours of my day on hold with them so that they can tell me they can't help with virus related issues
Well, what about Norton?

And they do do Virus related issues as well at Microsoft. If worst comes to worst, the last resort is reformatting your hard drive and tahn reloading your programs, though that's a pain.
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ckb, here are the entries in the registry where you described:



In that error 53 message I get on start up, it says "die" in the title bar of the pop up.

Could it be the entry referring to die.exe that is causing that? The thing is I have to be absolutely certain that anything I delete will not harm the laptop because if I fuck it up words cannot even begin to describe the amount of shit I am in.

thanks for your help
Canadian *surprised*, i always had yuo figured for an East Coast Tard, dunno why i had that impression

anyways, if yuo are terrified to just delete the damn thing, we can do it the pussy way

to be honest i recken yuo can dump most of yuor hive and yuor IBM will thank yuo for it, way too much shit starting up in the background

click Start, choose Search, then Files and Folders.

search for die.exe on yuor C drive.

when yuo find it, right click on it and choose Properties.

if it's less than 1.44 MB, cut and paste it to a floppy.

then, remove that reference to the file in the registry.

then, reboot.

if all goes well, there you go.

if not, boot into safe mode, re-enter the registry entry for die.exe and copy the file from the floppy back to it's original location.

if the file is too big for a floppy, try renaming it and/or moving it to a different location.

that way, the registry entry will not be able to find it.

then, reboot.

if all goes well (yuo will still get an error concerning die.exe, but it will now be because the program cannot be found) yuo will know that the die.exe program is useless to yuo

that is all

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car key boi, PM me about how to get somebody's email passowrd please. I need to get revenge on this piece of #$##~!~~
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