Windows 2000 fails to boot =  /idlist and runtime errors

Posted on 2007-07-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
Windows 2000 machine boots all the way up to showing the desktop background when an error reading: (552 in the title bar at top) "runtime error '5' invalid procedure call or argument".  I click on "ok" and that is as far as I can get .. sort of.  The background picture is displayed but no icons and no bottom menu bar.  The "windows" key will not inittiate any menus.  However I can launch taskmanager.  If i then launch control panel from a command line everything appears and runs normally.  There is another error message that pops up though and it reads: "cannot find the file '/idlist,:132:828.' (or one of its components)  Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available."  Upon every reboot the 828 number changes randomly.

I have run chkdsk /f via safemode command prompt, installation disk, and normally with no result.  I tried to run sfc /scannow but i keep getting a message that the wrong disc is in the cd player.  I need to install a "service pack disk" but I have only an installation disk with the service pak built in.  I see there are registry entries referring to /idlist %I %L.  If I try to launch explorer.exe from the command line in task manager it will not launch and shows the same error - and yet it will launch after launching control panel.  I have run an antivirus program and it did show where bloodhound.exploit.64 had been quarantined just prior to the start up problem, but scans clean now.  I have turned off all start ups in the system configurator, as well as the startup services that are not microsoft.

I am trying to avoid doing an installation disk repair as I will lose settings and service packs and updates, so if you have any suggestions I would appreciate it - thanks.
Question by:paleface
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    1) DOes it start OK in Safe mode ?

    2) did you try using hijackthis or similar to check for malware ?

    malware - Leetutor list
    Have you tried running virus scans and spyware scans  This could be a problem with viruses/trojans/spyware or other malware. Some free online virus scanners:

    Also try these free programs to rid your system of spyware, trojans, and other malware:
    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    LavaSoft Ad-aware  

    I use BOTH of the above programs on my 3 Windows systems; what one program misses, the other catches.  Also make sure to download the most up-to-date data before you run the programs.

    Another very good freeware program for ridding yourself of spyware is this:

    You might also try this free program (HijackThis) -- install it in its own folder, don't download to your Desktop:

    HijackThis is a tool that is for advanced users, because it lists all the installed browser add-on and startup items, allowing you to inspect them and then optionally remove any ones you select.  You must be careful in choosing what to remove, although the program can create a backup of your original settings.  But put a check mark to fix any home page or search page setting that HijackThis detects which you have not entered yourself.  The program has an option to download online updates of the hijack data.

    You should first post the log at this site:

    I hope this helps !

    Author Comment

    Yes I have tried safe mode and get the same result.  There is a business version of symantec running, but will try some others that you have posted here, and will also try hijack this.  

    Author Comment

    well even before i have run anything i have found a suspect startup item  IExplorer.dll <62 spaces>.dbt  I'm looking for a tool in regards to this ... if anyone knows of one let me know - thanks
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    hijack this wil give you a lot of info, especially if you paste the log into the

    Great resource !!


    Author Comment

    I got the sytem running again but had to do a system repair from cd.  I had to do this because as I kept rebooting it seemed that more and more utilities would quit functioning ... but i don't know for sure that they were functioning in the first place.  I could not get to a network connection through windows gui ,but I could get connection info through a command prompt.  Device manager would not work.  And task manager was becoming more difficult to activate.  I did the repair and all is well other than having to do hours of upgrading and patches and reinstalling a few programs.  I ran Trendmicro's online scanner and only came up with a couple of adwares and cookies.  The system HAD to be in place so I will have to run hijack for thoroughness sake at a later time.  Thanks for the help SysExpert - I will be referring to some of your links again - the points are coming your way.

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