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Way to load .dll at startup?

Posted on 2004-10-08
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-05
Does Anyone know the way to load the FiLE .DLL at windows startup (because .dll cannot be seen in task manager of winNT platform) IN USER RIGHT ONLY ?
I have tried dll injection in madCollection of MadShi but impossible...
Question by:lehongwang
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Expert Comment

ID: 12257310
This is only possible if it is used by an .exe
There must be ways to keep a dll in memory, but it has to be started by an executable calling (a function in) it.

Expert Comment

ID: 12258538
I'm a bit confused.

Why would you want the DLL loaded at startup without an EXE to launch it?  What would trigger the DLL's code?

Author Comment

ID: 12259104
because .dll cannot be seen in task manager of winNT platform
but UNDER USER RIGHT,I have no way to do so with register.
if UNDER ADMIN RIGHT,it's  so easy


// dosomething if some call loadlibrary('my.dll');
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Expert Comment

ID: 12259461
You will need to make a small application to inject your dll, Then call that exe at startup.


or using Delphi

procedure AddStartup;
With TRegistry.Create Do
If OpenKey('\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\', True) Then
WriteString('My DLL Inject', ParamStr(0));
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Expert Comment

by:Wim ten Brink
ID: 12259719
DLL's are never meant to just run by itself. They lack the proper setup for the process space or memory management. There's only one option which, as Karamja already noted, is by injecting the DLL in the process space of another process.

However, these kinds of practices are extremely discouraged since these tricks can be used by virus writers and spyware writers to hide they malware. And personally I cannot think of any legitimate reason to do this.

However, it is of course possible to make the DLL part of the Explorer, and Explorer is always started by some user since it makes his desktop, toolbar and other things visible. Consider this as an alternate option.
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Expert Comment

ID: 12262961
you could also use rundll32.exe to start your DLL...

rundll32 [name of DLL], [name of the function]

Author Comment

ID: 12264211

>>>>>However, it is of course possible to make the DLL part of the Explorer, and Explorer is always started by some user since it makes his desktop, toolbar and other things visible. Consider this as an alternate option.

how can we do that UNDER USER RIGHT ? because writing to register is limtited.
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Accepted Solution

Wim ten Brink earned 1500 total points
ID: 12272157
The biggest problem if you only have user rights is that you're quite limited in the access rights that you have. That is true. But I thought that Explorer add-ins could be installed by any user, thus you would not need administrator rights. This is because you'll be adding registry entries to the CURRENT_USER branch, not the LOCAL_MACHINE branch of the registry.
Of course, as a simple user you cannot install anything that would affect the settings of other users. If you could, that would be a bug in Windows. (Or a security leak.)

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