common/bin opens on boot

Posted on 2004-08-27
Last Modified: 2012-06-27

A common/bin folder (empty at that) opens on boot on my winXP system, it used to only happen on one of my systems, but after I installed SP2 a few days ago, it's happening on both. I think it MAY have to do with Norton Antivirus, since I updated that at the same time on both systems, but I'm really not sure... I can't nail it down looking through my startup options =/ (Originally I thought it was something to do with guildftpd cos it showed up right around installing that.. but that only runs on one of the boxes anyways ;) )

Any help appreciated.

This is a listing from msinfo32 startup section edited only for usernames

ASUS Probe      c:\program files\asus\probe\asusprob.exe      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Acrobat Assistant      c:\progra~1\adobe\acroba~1.0\distillr\acrotray.exe      All Users      Common Startup
Adobe Gamma Loader      c:\progra~1\common~1\adobe\calibr~1\adobeg~1.exe      All Users      Common Startup
BackgroundSwitcher      c:\windows\system32\bgswitch.exe      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CTFMON.EXE      c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe      NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE      HKU\S-1-5-19\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CTFMON.EXE      c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe      NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE      HKU\S-1-5-20\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CoolSwitch      c:\windows\system32\taskswitch.exe      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
EM_EXEC      c:\progra~1\logitech\mousew~1\system\em_exec.exe      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Logitech Desktop Messenger      c:\progra~1\logitech\deskto~1\8876480\program\ldmconf.exe /start      All Users      Common Startup
Miranda IM      c:\progra~1\mirand~1\mirand~1.exe      All Users      Common Startup
NVRT            All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
NeroCheck      c:\windows\system32\nerocheck.exe      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
NvCplDaemon      rundll32.exe c:\windows\system32\nvcpl.dll,nvstartup      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
NvMediaCenter      rundll32.exe c:\windows\system32\nvmctray.dll,nvtaskbarinit      NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM      HKU\S-1-5-18\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
NvMediaCenter      rundll32.exe c:\windows\system32\nvmctray.dll,nvtaskbarinit      .DEFAULT      HKU\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
NvMediaCenter      rundll32.exe c:\windows\system32\nvmctray.dll,nvtaskbarinit      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Popup Ad Filter      c:\program files\meaya\popup ad filter\popfilter.exe      USERNAME\S-1-5-21-1547161642-1935655697-1957994488-1003\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
QuickTime Task      "c:\program files\quicktime\qttask.exe" -atboottime      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
SSC_UserPrompt      c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\security center\usrprmpt.exe      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
TCASUTIEXE      tcaudiag.exe -on      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
ToUcamVProperty      c:\program files\philips toucam camera\vproperty.exe      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Tweak UI      rundll32.exe tweakui.cpl,tweakmeup      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
VCDPlayer      c:\progra~1\virtua~1\system\vcdplay.exe      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
WinampAgent      c:\program files\winamp\winampa.exe      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
ccApp      "c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccapp.exe"      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
ctfmon.exe      c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe      USERNAME\S-1-5-21-1547161642-1935655697-1957994488-1003\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
desktop      desktop.ini      NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM      Startup
desktop      desktop.ini      USERNAME\USERNAME      Startup
desktop      desktop.ini      .DEFAULT      Startup
desktop      desktop.ini      All Users      Common Startup
nForce Tray Options      sstray.exe /r      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
nwiz      nwiz.exe /install      All Users      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Question by:spamguard
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Try the start -> programs -> startup directory. Maybe it's up there? Good luck!

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Nope that's not it either :)

Actually to elaborate, the directory it opens is "C:\Program Files\Common" and the listed contents is the "Bin" folder holding various media .dlls from what I gather. Sorry for the slightly misleading description originally.
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Please try renaming the BIN directory as BADBIN -or- move it to "C:\Program Files\Common Files" and then reboot to see what happens.

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Tried renaming it to BadBin, it still opens "C:\Program Files\Common" showing the contents, which consist solely of the folder now named BadBin.

I'm befuddled.
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Okay, the item is probably in your registry.

Use REGEDIT and look in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
one of the entires will be begin with C:\Program Files\Common\BIN.

You may safely delete it.  However I suggest if you aren't comforable working with your registry to PLEASE make a backup first (or use XP and set a restore point).

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Sorry, brain dump .. you have all that listed above!!!

Any directory called STARTUP (in your path or on your desktop) is liable to contain a shortcut to this so search your C:\ drive for STARTUP.

There is another place to search ... look for "Run=" or "Load=" line in the Win.ini file.

Finally, try using the System Configuration Utility (msconfig.exe) to trouble shoot your startup.

For more information read


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Ok, from the get go :)

Nothing in start or startup

Nothing suspect in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

I found a key in
key's name is default and value is C:\Program Files\Common\Bin\DSPDMO.dll
There are other similar ones in the CLSID section, all ending at InprocServer32 (whatever that is)

There's a refence to the dir here (again with several similar ones) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{081D99E9-04DE-409F-A4E7-5350A60FE123}\1.0\0\win32

Every file in the dir are listed at this location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs

win.ini is clean of any reference (as well as actual RUN and LOAD lines)

Nothing really shows up in msconfig that I would think could cause it, certainly nothing with the path listed, closest thing is C:\program files\common files\  ... etc

The directory listing for the (very bad ) BIN dir is as follows

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It looks like you installed InterVideo's WinDVD software
but instead of these files being installed in C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\
they were installed in C:\Program Files\Common\Bin\.

It sounds like WinDVD is trying to initiate something from that directory that may have been deleted.
Why don't you try uninstalling WinDVD and see if it doesn't clean up a little.

Reboot before you reinstall it and make sure the "pop up" goes away.
Delete the COMMON directory then when you reinstall make sure to take the defaults (don't specify your own directory) so it gets installed properly in C:\Program Files\InterVideo\.

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Ok, problem is fixed, although I'm not sure if there's any problem with functionality yet. I uninstalled Intervideo WinDVD 4 and deleted the common dir altogether - then installed WinDVD 5 - this package doesn't seem to have that problem (version 4 was not custom installed and did this on multiple different systems).

Thanks for the help, enjoy your points :)

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