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by colleen / January 25, 2006 12:40 AM PST

Hello, I had run Tweaknow on my window xp, SP2 and in the Unknown area there are 3 entries which show up. I had recently had a trojan on my system and I believe it has been cleared out. Tweaknow indicates that these entries are:

fde.dll - by googling it - one site indicated this is part of a trojan while other sites indicate you can download fde.dll. Confused - what to do?

Also shown were a deskpan.dll and recncl.dll. In Google, the recncl.dll was shown as a part of excel.

Any suggestions as to if all 3 should be deleted and by doing so (if these dlls are necessary parts of my system) how would I go about reinstalling clean versions.

As always, appreciate your help.

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seems harmless...
by SlushKen / January 25, 2006 3:09 AM PST
In reply to: fde.dll

I have under:


Under the properties, it says under Internal Name, 'Folder Redirection Snapin'. Company Name Microsoft Corporation.

Check yours for the same info and location.
If different, then probably not 'official'

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by John.Wilkinson / January 25, 2006 3:22 AM PST
In reply to: fde.dll

deskpan.dll is's an entry for a dynamic link library from Microsoft used for adjusting the display. TweakNow always reports it as unknown...just ignore it.

fdl.dll can be one of two things...a Microsoft DLL dealing with folder options OR an indication of the trojan Win32.StartPage.ix. Thus, sharing the path of the entry would be helpful, and it wouldn't hurt to run a virus scan, just in case.

A search on recncl.dll turned up very few entries, but they indicate it's associated with Microsoft Office. The strange part is I don't see the file anywhere on my system, and I have the full version of MS Office 2003 Professional installed. Since there's no indication it's associated with malware you can leave it, or see what happens if you delete it. (Remember, RegCleaner has the Restore option from the main screen in case a problem arises.)

Hope this helps,

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Hi John
by colleen / January 25, 2006 4:06 AM PST
In reply to: Well...

Thank you AGAIN for your "layman" interputation - do appreciate having simple to read advice.

I have done virus scans using avast and housecalls with nothing showing up on either. Is it possible to just do a virus scan on the win32.startup? If so - how would one go about doing that.

I would like to first run the virus scan and then do the regcleaner deletion - just in case I run into another problem.

Take care.

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by John.Wilkinson / January 25, 2006 9:46 AM PST
In reply to: Hi John

Most scanners have the option of letting you scan a single file or folder as opposed to your whole system. (It's one feature I can't live without, as I scan everything I download before installing and don't want to wait for over an hour for a complete system scan when i know everything else is clean.) However, I can't think of any good ones off hand that let you scan just the registry for possible signs of infection. Also, Win32.StartPage.ix is the name of a scan for it you'd have to do a full system scan. Now, since Trojan Hunter Guard came up clean, fdl.dll is most likely the good-old Microsoft file that gives you nothing to worry about. Thus, I'd just ignore those three dlls. (You can try removing recncl.dll if you want, just to see if it's necessary, but you don't have to.)

Hope this helps,

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In appreciation for your help - from my world to yours
by colleen / January 25, 2006 1:58 PM PST
In reply to: Well...

Why Computers Sometimes Crash! By Dr. Seuss.

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, and the bus is interrupted at a very last resort, and the access of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, then the socket packet pocket has an error to report?If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash, and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash, and your data is corrupted cause the index doesn't hash, then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!

If the label on the cable on the table at your house, says the network is connected to the button on your mouse, but your packets want to tunnel to another protocol, that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall......

And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss, so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse; then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang, 'cuz sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang. When the copy on your floppy's getting sloppy in the disk, and the macro code instructions is causing unnecessary risk, then you'll have to flash the memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM, and then quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your Mom! Well, that certainly clears things up for me. How about you?

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A little Later
by colleen / January 25, 2006 7:10 AM PST
In reply to: Well...

Hello again - have downloaded 30 day trial of Trojan Hunter Guard and it appears I do NOT have trojans within my system.

I again ran Tweak and removed the fdl.dll only to find when I tried to run my help and support on the internet - my system temporarily froze up. Went back to tweak and reinstalled the dll and all went running smoothly.

This is definitely turning the old locks grey. Will await your answers to my previous notation. Take care.

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Interesting twist....
by jtamper / January 28, 2006 5:52 AM PST
In reply to: A little Later

I have a very similar problem as Colleen. However, here is the twist - Tweaknow shows this dll, but a search of my hard disk, and the C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder, does not find this file. What gives?


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The file isn't there...
by John.Wilkinson / January 28, 2006 10:47 AM PST
In reply to: Interesting twist....

TweakNow only scans the system registry, not your hard drive, for things that are safe to delete. It detected a registry entry that makes reference to the DLL, which is evidently no longer present on your system. You can delete the registry entry if you like, then if you have a problem use TweakNow's RegCleaner to restore it.

Hope this helps,

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