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Pop up box won't go away

by ITkid / March 12, 2008 11:27 AM PDT

Hi all, I have a pop up box on my moms pc that won't go away, it doesn't seem to be messing with anything, it's just annoying. It is a small box that says " c:/windows/ch0a54~.dat, data file does not exist" note thats a zero not the letter o . I googled it and it didn't come up with anyting, does anyone know what it is and how to get rid of it?


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First thoughts
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 12, 2008 9:11 PM PDT

Does this appear at Startup, or other times? If other times, when?

If it appears at Startup goto Start > Run, type in msconfig and click OK. In the System Configuration Utility goto the Startup tab and look for an entry related to this c:/windows/ch0a54~.dat

If you find one, de-select it. Click Apply then OK. You will get a warning message about restarting, and when you do restart you will see an information window about selective startup. That window can be suppressed from within the window itself.

I hope that helps.


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Not at start up
by ITkid / March 14, 2008 12:50 PM PDT
In reply to: First thoughts

Sorry it took me so long to reply.

It pops up like maybe about fifteen mins after the computer has been started and my mom is searching the net, I tried typing in that in run and it can't find anything. Could it be a bug or something?

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 14, 2008 8:05 PM PDT
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Obviously Windows is trying to do something, but a file for that is missing, ie the file ch0a54~.dat in the Windows folder. Like you say, there's no trace of anything like that in Google.

It doesn't sound critical or you would have seen some sort of effects. Try this. Open up the Task Manager by right clicking the Taskbar and selecting Task Manager. Click the Processes tab.

Leave that open but perhaps move it to one side so you can still work on the computer. Then, when this popup appears again see which process has started in the Task Manager. You may want to click the Image Name column header to organize the list in alpha order.

Let us know what that process name is. You can confirm it is that one by watching the list as you close the popup. If that process disappears, you have the right one.


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Found it!
by ITkid / March 24, 2008 3:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Strange

Well actually my brother found it, it was from a website builder program that my mom had recently un-installed. We haven't seen it pop in like a few days now. So I guess the problem is solved. =) thanks everyone!

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(NT) Glad you found it, and thanks for telling us.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 24, 2008 5:52 AM PDT
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