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    Booting problem

    My system took forever to boot this morning, but it finally booted and had an error dialog box that said:
    >>The application or DLL c:Windowssystem32vsmonapi.dll is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette.<<

    Do all I have to do is to copy it from the windows diskette (CD, shows how old this message is) again?

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    Re: Booting problem

    vsmonapi.dll is associated with ZoneAlarm, a firewall from ZoneLabs. I thought you had another firewall?

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    Re: Booting problem

    I have a firewall from Vet.

    How that got there is beyond me???

    It also is a file of zero bytes.

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    Re: Booting problem

    Apparently, one of the programs or processes that start automatically needs the file. Hopefully one of our resident Windows experts can lead you through the process of discovering which one.

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    Re: Booting problem

    Since Zone Labs use the Vet antivirus engine in some of their products, it's possible that both Zone Alarm and Vet use this dll. Screenshots of the Vet UI that I've seen look almost identical to the Zone Alarm UI. It's quite probablr that Vet is asking for this dll. You may have to reinstall Vet or you may be able to extract the dll from your installation disk (if you have one). There are also a few sites where you can download the file.
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    Re: Booting problem

    Thanks again to all who helped.

    Actually I renamed the file then it was solved by uninstalling then reinstalling my AntiVirus software.

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    Re: Booting problem

    Glad it worked out Pat. BTW, out of curiosity, what is your Anti Virus software?

    edited to add: I see from another post that your AV software is Vet (and vsmonapi.dll is a component of Vet).
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    Re: Booting problem

    I renamed vsmonapi.dll and rebooted, after installing the Vet software. It does not seem to require this file as it was not installed by the latet Vet software.

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