Orphaned .dlls in Windows 2000

Posted on 2003-10-31
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Hi everybody-

Has anyone found a way to seek and destroy orphaned .dlls?  In my searches, I found one authored by a Kevin Solway, but it was for pre-Windows 2000.  Each morning when I log on, I get "Error finding C:\Program Files\commonName\Toolbar\CNBabe.dll .  Cannot find module specified"
I have a feeling this is the remnant of some sort of spyware, since it popped up when I ran my Ad-Aware program .   Any ideas here?
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CrazyOne earned 125 total points
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Well first get one of these free utilities

MSCONFIG for Win 2000




Startup Control Panel


Open up what you download
and find Startup lis
unckeck all the items.

If the problem no longer persists then one of the items in the starup is the culprit you just need to track it down.
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Also use one of these as well. I would recommend Hijack This because it may find something to do with the DLL in the registry

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go to run sysedit
check your system.ini, win.ini for any mention of the dll and remove it the config.sys and autoexec.bat should be blank

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by:Dufo G. Belski
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To answer your general question about deleting orphaned dll's, there are a few utilities here that will find them for you:

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thanks, I'll check it out..

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by:nader alkahtani
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Try this :

Well, cnBabe.dll is part of a Spyware application (it transmits data from
your computer to other computers so they can collect information about you).
If you'd like to get rid of the message, here's a way to do it...
Go to Start > Run, and type in "msconfig", click OK > Startup and look for
the entries for CommonName, CNBABE.EXE., cnform.exe, BabeIE.dll,
CNBarIE.dll.... if any of them are there, uncheck them, click OK, then

If you don't find all of them there, click Ctrl\Alt\Del and look for them in
the window that appears, if you find any, highlight and End Task on them.
That will ensure they are not running prior to the scan.

Now go to your Add\Remove programs and look for CommonName and uninstall it.
If you happen to see any of those others above there delete them also.

Do a file search for w3k*.tmp and delete all that you find.

Run Adaware.

When it's done choose "mark all for removal"

IMPORTANT: Make sure that you choose to make a BACKUP before removing

Click "Continue" to remove the nasties.

When it is finished I would reboot and run Ad-aware again to make sure all
is gone.


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thanks, everybody....I first followed CrazyOne's suggestion and downloaded MSconfig for W2k...I clicked on the startup tab and unchecked the appropriate entry like NADIR mentioned.  I'll check out the other links as well..


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by:nader alkahtani
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Why didn't split the points ?
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Well, I didn't know I could split points to be quite honest.  I'm pretty new around here, I apologize..
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