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Run DLL Error

by dixie94 / March 1, 2011 1:18 AM PST

I have a Sony Vaio. Recently, I removed some programs in an effort to free up more space on the C drive. There is a C and D drive on the computer, but almost nothing is on the D drive.
Since that time, I have had an DLL error:

Error loading
C:\Users\Mom\AppData\Local\Temp\attrhone.dll is not a valid Win32 application.

I have tried to find this folder but it does not exist.

I would appreciate any help.
Thank you.

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When does this error come up?
by Chimlim / March 1, 2011 4:30 AM PST
In reply to: Run DLL Error

If this error comes up when you first sign on, see if you can disable that file from startup. Click Start > Run > Type "MSCONFIG" ... Click the startup tab and look for a program that is using attrhon.dll or something similiar. Also, check your services and see if anything related to that program is running. Can you just delete that file?

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by Chimlim / March 1, 2011 4:33 AM PST

That might be a hidden folder.. Open up Windows Explorer and physically type in "C:\Users\Mom\AppData\Local\Temp" in the address bar and see if it comes up

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by Jevez / March 1, 2011 5:15 AM PST
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Thank you for the replies
by dixie94 / March 1, 2011 7:46 AM PST
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Chimlim, it does happen upon start up.
I have Windows Vista, and I do not see the Run option when I click Start. I am familiar with it but not sure where to find it using Vista.
I did a search and the folder did not come up.

Jevez, I do have a virus program so I'm a little hesitant to install another one, unless it's somehow different. I have AVG Anti-Virus, recommended by CNET. Is there a way my current program can locate the dll?

Thank you.

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by Jevez / March 1, 2011 4:41 PM PST

AVG has an antispyware option but might not find the spyware, try scannning your pc with your AVG?
If it doesn't find one, it's safe to install both...

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Vista might be different..
by Chimlim / March 1, 2011 9:08 PM PST

Click on Start - and there should be a search box, in the search box type in "MSCONFIG" press Enter. Then select the startup tab and see if that file is selected for startup, if it is unselect it and click Apply.

But since it is spyware you may want to download malware bytes, super anti-spyware, or spybot. (You can even try all 3) They are free to use. Also, I recommend downloading CC Cleaner. This will clean out any affected registry entries that program may have made, that is also a free program. You can't have too many spyware removing programs, especially if they are free. The spyware programs I listed work fine with anti-virus programs, in fact I use them all the time in combination with my anti-virus software.

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Re: spyware
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 1, 2011 9:19 PM PST

Using a program like ccleaner (free download) to clean temp folders (like the one you mention: C:\Users\Mom\AppData\Local\Temp\) wouldn't be a bad idea either. Although surely not the only measure to take.


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Thank you!
by dixie94 / March 4, 2011 8:07 AM PST
In reply to: Re: spyware

I found the entry in the startup tab and deleted it. I also downloaded superantispyware and ccleaner and ran them both. Both programs found a lot that needed to be deleted/fixed, one of which was the file above.

Thank you for all the help,

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