Windows Vista: Recurring Error Message (problem solved!)

By Xynnia ·
This might not have anything to do with the fact that I use Vista, but I thought I'd put it in the title anyway. In fact, I think what I've got is a virus or trojan and I wondered if anyone had come across this one before. I have /no idea/ how I got this - I haven't installed any new programmes or anything - but for about five days now an error message pops up every time I open a programme, or some kind of system process starts up that I'm not even aware of - which means I get at least twenty when I switch on my computer, and I have to keep continually clicking with the mouse to get rid of them before the computer will load.

The message is this:

"C:\PROGRA~1\Google\GOOGLE~1\GOEC62.DLL is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support."

Like I said, I haven't installed anything for about a month. I've tried finding the file or the folders that it names and I can't locate it or them. I don't actually think it's got anything to do with Google. But does anyone know what I can do to fix it? Bearing in mind that I am no computer expert. I've tried running a virus scan (AVG) and it's come up clean.

UPDATE: Problem solved with the wonderful WinPatrol!

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Check these

by seanferd In reply to Windows Vista: Recurring ...

Probably Google Desktop, maybe spyware disguised as such.

If you use Google software, try reinstalling it. If you have uninstalled Google software, it is possible that the registry entry was not deleted. If you have never installed Google software (mind you, it is frequently bundled with other software from different vendors) then you possibly have been infected with spyware.

You can download and run these. The first is a malware removal program, the second has options for cleaning junk files and unused registry entries. The third is for removing spyware. (Spybots S&D)

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Thanks for the suggestions

by Xynnia In reply to Check these

Thanks for the suggestions; I implemented all of those. Unfortunately none of them have solved my problem, but I expect my system is better off anyway. I'm pretty convinced that the problem doesn't have anything to do with Google; why it's disguising itself as such, I don't know - probably to lead people down the wrong track by thinking it's a registry entry, like you said.

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hi install MALWAREBYTES anti malware and runn this program i

by skorpio.2 In reply to Windows Vista: Recurring ...

i had a similar problem and since i runn this progrm everything is fine...u will be suprized what this program will find...and after all its free
so good luck and cheers

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by Xynnia In reply to hi install MALWAREBYTE ...

Thanks for the tip. It didn't work for me, sadly, but I think it removed some other malware that I didn't know about.

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by Scottishpat In reply to Windows Vista: Recurring ...

I was mad when this happen to me and it gave me nothing but crap,So this is what I did was uninstall google bar and see what happen. It was gone, which was good but knowing it could come back. So I restore my pc and did the same thing above. And it is running smoothly. One more thing you have to click the boxs untill it gone which it about twenty times!

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