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Windows trying to load csrss.exe on startup.

Posted on 2009-04-28
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Upon startup, I receive this error message: "Windows cannot find 'C:\windows\config\csrss.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again. To search for a file click the start button and then click search."

What is my computer trying to do?
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Question by:Anton Tajanlangit
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by:pjmcc
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hey go to start > run > type in msconfig and hit ok

look for csrss.exe and untick it. im pretty sure its a virus that might have been moved or removed and is trying to load at startup

might want to run antivirus and antispyware to be sure
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by:pjmcc
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in the startup tab in msconfig btw
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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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No dice, no such entry in the Startup tab, the reason being, in the first place, Windows CANNOT find the file. What I was asking was, what is my computer trying to do, why is it trying to find the file?
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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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On Windows Task Manager, csrss.exe cannot be removed, it being a critical system process. That means it's running but then at the same time something's trying to load the process from the \Windows\Config folder.
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its a virus that has named itself crss.exe obviously and has been removed but it still left its loader in the registry and is trying to load on startup

try ths with registry editor  start>run>regedit click edit, click find, enter: c:\windows\config\csrss.exe then if it finds an entry delete it.
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Great! It worked.
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