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Rundll Error Message on Vista Startup

by Maurice Bowers / April 26, 2008 1:05 PM PDT

I was hoping someone could help me stop an annoying error message I receive on every startup. I get a Rundll error message stating "Error loading "C:\Windows\System32\pmoLfgh.dll" and then that this is a missing file.

I tried to research this "pmoLfgh.dll" but found not one hit. The message started after my spyware program discovered "virtumonde", which displays pop-up ads. Apparently, it can create a random name which is why I found no reference to this 'pmoLfgh.dll'. In removing the spyware, a message came up that it was removing "pmoLfgh.dll", the exact file that start-up tries to find and then gives an error message.

I've run my spyware program, Spy Sweeper, over half a dozen times, and a couple different anti-virus programs (Nortons and the new AVG) perhaps a half dozen times through a full scan as well. I've also run Spy Doctor just to confirm nothing was found and ran CCcleaner to remove any broken links and dlls. Prior, according to my firewall "virtumonde" would completely hoard my internet connection not allowing my browser to operate, but now my internet connection works fine and my firewall demonstrates no further incidents. Still, I get the error message on startup that I just want gone.

I sent a message to my spyware program since it was the one that removed this pmoLfgh.dll file, which it identified as spyware, but I haven't received any response.

Does anyone know how I can cease this error message on startup? I would be extremely grateful.

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To finish this off I use...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 26, 2008 1:17 PM PDT

HIJACKTHIS. Find that entry with hijackthis and remove it.

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temp solution maybe
by satish_997 / April 26, 2008 1:53 PM PDT

I had a couple rundll error messages that would come up every time I booted up my XP laptop. After scanning with various programs and not finding anything, like you, I just used msconfig to find it in the startup tab, or maybe it was services tab, and told it to stop. Now, the messages don't come up anymore.

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probably not the best way but it worked

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by Maurice Bowers / April 27, 2008 2:33 PM PDT

Thanks guys! As suggested I first blocked this 'pmnoLfgh.dll' from msconfig and I didn't get that annoying error message on start up ("The specified value could not be found"). I dipped into neurosis, however, knowing that even though I didn't get the error message, it didn't mean it wasn't still there in the registry.

Thus, I did get Hijack-this and ran a start up scan of my registry (I first had to undo what I did in msconfig to allow this dll to run so Hijack-this could catch it). I actually thought of using the program before posting here in the forum but was nervous that the program would be too complicated, difficult and too easy to make a BIG mistake in my registry.

Still, it was really easy to find the registry entry (MSServer having rundll32.exe try to load this pmoLfgh.dll that was deleted by my Antispyware program during a sweep but persisted in the start up registry) and subsequently delete it.

NO problems at all now on start up and I'm sure I'll use Hijack-this in the future as well. I really enjoy the control it gives you (as long as your careful) . . . plus, I like that the icon reminds me of "Where in the World is Carmen Santiago?" from my childhood days!

Thanks again both of you for your help, patience, and consideration!

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