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by mistyp78 / May 4, 2005 11:23 PM PDT

i have an error pop up when i turn on my computer. it says: "WININIT.EXE:MISSING\UNABLE TO LOAD PRESSA NY KEY TO CONTINUE." and before my desktop loads another error comes up stating: "WINDOWS CANNOT FIND '\P' YOU MAY HAVE TYPED THE NAME INCORRECTLY IN THE RUN DIALOG OR ANOTHER OPEN PROGRAM CANNOT FIND A SYSTEM FILE. TO SEARCH FOR A FILE, CLICK THE START BUTTON, AND THEN CLICK SEARCH." i have always had mcafee antivirus since i purchased the computer. i also have a spyware blocker and firewall through AOL. i recently purchased a norton antivirus and firewall which will not download into my computer. i was told those errors are more than likely a virus so i figured mcafee was not doing a good job. i scanned my computer using housecall and it found nothing i have also used a number of other online free scans and nothing was found on any of the scans. do you have any ideas on how to get this error fixed?

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Hi mistyp78
by roddy32 / May 4, 2005 11:43 PM PDT
In reply to: wininit.exe

There are a number of viruses/trojans that can cause this. This link has manual removal instructions for ONE of them plus the is a tool available from TrendMicro at the bottom of the page.

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re to bymer
by mistyp78 / May 5, 2005 12:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi mistyp78

i went to the site and followed the instuctions but did not see the path for the bymer. i also downloaded the remover at the bottom of the page. im not sure if it worked i was prompted on anything i hit the button and it went away and nothing has popped up since. could it be something else?

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If the popups are gone then
by roddy32 / May 5, 2005 1:02 AM PDT
In reply to: re to bymer

maybe the remover did the job. Like I said previously, there are a number of viruses that will affect that file but that one was the most common. Maybe it's fixed?

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how will i know
by mistyp78 / May 5, 2005 1:18 AM PDT

i hope it is gone. can i only tell if i reboot and the errors don't pop up anymore? is the wininit file a type of file that is needed anywhere or is it just a virus?

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It's a process that is added by
by roddy32 / May 5, 2005 1:26 AM PDT
In reply to: how will i know

certain viruses and trojans. Reboot and see if the error is gone, If it is, that is great, if not, post back and we will try something else. The one that you hopefully removed was the most common one.

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i rebooted
by mistyp78 / May 5, 2005 2:49 AM PDT

and still the error is there. i downloaded stop sign virus protection and it found a trojan "lopAd" i deleted the file and i still have the error and still cant put norton into my computer

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Oh No, NOT StopSign
by roddy32 / May 5, 2005 3:01 AM PDT
In reply to: i rebooted

StopSign probably PUT Lop there. Stopsign is horrible. I wish you had not done that. I told you in my last post that if the error was still there then we would try something else. NOT StopSign. See if you can uninstall that before we go any further with your original problem please.

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no stop sign no more
by mistyp78 / May 5, 2005 4:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Oh No, NOT StopSign

ok i took out stop sign and still have the errors what now?

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You also could try this......
by Marianna Schmudlach / May 5, 2005 3:34 AM PDT
In reply to: wininit.exe
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did that didn't help
by mistyp78 / May 5, 2005 4:35 AM PDT

i followed the instructions rebooted and still got the error, and i also took out stop sign.

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Which Operating System ??
by Marianna Schmudlach / May 5, 2005 5:04 AM PDT
In reply to: did that didn't help

IF you have winme or XP:

Disable system restore: Instructions here.


Finally, do an online scan using Trend Micro Housecall. It is available here.

Enable system restore.

Did it help?

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thank you
by mistyp78 / May 5, 2005 6:36 AM PDT

i had already tried to do a system restore and it wouldn't let me but i did fix the problem. i found help in the windows forum someone else else had the same problem as me. i have also sucessfully downloaded my norton onto my computer thankyou for all of your help

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(NT) (NT) Glad you got it fixed mistyp :D
by roddy32 / May 5, 2005 7:26 AM PDT
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