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    cfgmgr52.dll

    Upon booting a friend's computer pops up a message indicating it can't find the file cfgmgr52.dll. What is this file? Should it be loaded? Should I reinstall it with regserv?

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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    It seems to be adware related. See if you can find it in the registry, under HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionRun or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRun, if so remove the registry entry.

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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    I remain a bit confused. If the system can't find it to load, why would it be in the registry? And why should I remove it from the registry if I find it there? Sorry to be so ignorant, but this is mighty confusing.

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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    According to CastleCops cfgmgr52 RunDLL32.EXE [path] cfgmgr52.dll,DllRun, the file is part of a variant of BookedSpace, an adware program.

    There is probably a registry entry of the form RunDLL32.EXE [path] cfgmgr52.dll,DllRun where [path] is a location on the PC. This entry tries to load the DLL when Windows starts. If the DLL can't be found, you'll get the error message you report. Deleting the registry entry will get rid of the error message.

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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    Chuck,

    What Hans is saying is that this .dll is associated with some form of malware (I think it's a "browser helper object") and should be removed if it's referenced in the registry.

    The original .dll file that the system is looking for would likely have been at C:WINDOWScfgmgr52.dll. It's been removed and there is an entry in the registry that is calling it and can't find it. It gets more involved, but if the machine is performing well otherwise, then it's not worth getting into here. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    Thanks guys. That explains it.

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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    Chuck

    I always use Spybot Search and Destroy in Advanced mode (see the Mode drop-down menu next to File at the top left),
    then click on Tools (at the bottom of the first pane)
    then on System Startup
    to get a list of all the programs (in the Registry and in Startup folders) which will be run at startup. Any can be disabled (with care!) by unticking the preceding box.

    I understand that this sort of thing might also be possible with MSCONFIG, but I've never bothered with it...

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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    John,

    Have you ever checked out Sysinternals Freeware - Autoruns? This is the program I use most frequently for startup checking and changing. I don't know if Spybot has as comprehensive a list of startup locations.

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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    No SpyBots startups list is not nearly as extensive, but it does provide some additional information about the items it displays.
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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    Charlotte is right -- I would normally prefer anything by SysInternals, but AutoRuns doesn't have the "you have already disabled this program and can re-enable it if you put the tick back in the box" feature that Spybot -> Tools -> System Startup has.

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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    I beg to differ. The only thing that Spybot shows by default that Autoruns does not is the 'key' value from a registry entry. Autoruns shows a description, publisher, and image path that Spybot does not. Just double click on an entry an it starts regedit at that key if you need to see the actual key value. In Autoruns you can disable or delete an entry. It shows which items are disabled (i.e. no check mark in the box).


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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    We may be talking about different things, in part.

    When I use Spybot -> Tools -> System Startup I have 22 items ticked (10 of them Winlogon entries) and 13 unticked=disabled.
    Autoruns shows 16 items ticked and no others (when there are no "Show" items ticked). If I tick any of the "Show" items, I get acres of stuff I don't understand.

    I don't see any way in Autoruns to show disabled items (which are put under the "Run-" key by Spybot, having moved them from "Run", if they are Registry items).

    Spybot shows not only the path but any parameters in the command string.

    Spybot gives additional descriptive information about items, provided they are in Paul Collins' database, enabling you to decide whether or not you need that startup item.

    I just find the Spybot mechanism of more practical use than Autoruns, although the latter is certainly more rigorous.

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    Re: cfgmgr52.dll

    Thanks to everyone for their comments. I had no idea that SpyBot had that capability.

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