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Unknown file in Autorun, what is it?

Using System Explorer 1.5, I was disabling some of the Autorun items, like Quicktime, Yahoo Messenger, MySpace IM, etc... stuff that during the initial install set itself up automatically. Just plain annoying, especially when you sit down to install some stuff that requires rebooting every step. LOL. I prefer minimal programs booting up every time I restart.

Anywho.. there was an Autorun item named "????r" and it was listed as a USER item, and there was NOT FILE FOUND for the file path. Four question marks and a lower case R.

What the heck is it? If I can't find it's location, and I have no idea what it is, how do I know what it does? I went to delete it, and a warning popped up that said the planet would explode if I proceeded. Well, not really, but you know how dramatic those warning boxes can be. LOL.
So I didn't trash the little ****** yet, I was wondering if one of you guys knew what it was?


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I have never seen this before. I can tell you that I have tweaked my operating system to run minimal startup items and I have never come across this before. I assume it is safe to disable/delete it since I dont see it after installing windows.

Let me know if ya need any more help with startup things. Ive spent alot of time on XP and Vista allowing XP to run on only 180MB ram. Also, make sure all your programs work fine after making startup / services changes.

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Disable autorun on hard drives

How To Enable/Disable Auto run (Windows 95/98/Me)
Access the System Properties Dialog. Using Control Panel: My Computer: Properties or Explorer: My Computer: Properties.
Select the Device Manager tab.
Select the CD-ROM folder.
Select the entry for your CD-ROM drive.
Select Properties.
Select the Settings tab.
Turn on or off the Auto insert notification option.
Select OK.
Select OK
How To Enable/Disable Auto run (Windows NT/2000)
Start RegEdit (regedt32.exe).
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Cdrom.
Edit the Autorun value to '1' to enable auto run, and '0' to disable auto run.
Close RegEdit
How To Enable/Disable Auto run (Windows XP)
Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows + "e" key.
Right-click the desired CD-ROM and select Properties from the menu.
Select the AutoPlay tab.
Select each item from the pull down list and for the Action to perform, select "Take no action" to disable auto run, or pick the appropriate action to take if enabling auto run.
Select OK.
How To Enable Autorun for Other Removable Media
Autorun can be enabled or disabled for all Removable media types, such as a floppy or Zip disk. Windows systems are configured to enable CD Notification, other removable media are by default disabled.
The System Properties User interface only exposes the CD Enable or Disable selection. The setting reflected in this dialog makes an entry in the System Registry. It is in this same location that other media types are configured.
Modifiying the Registry is not for the inexperienced user. Anyone will tell you, be VERY careful.
The modifications made in this case use Hex not Decimal numbers. If you are unfamiliar with the Registry or the characteristics of base numbering and Hex, studying these topics prior to making these modifications is advisable.
To Modify these Registry Settings, Use Regedit and navigate to the following Key:

The default value for the setting is 95 0 0 0. Change the first byte to 91. Restart the computer to make the new setting take effect. You may have to right-click on the floppy and choose AutoPlay from the menu to see the AutoPlay behaviour.
Additional Technical Info
The first byte defines which drive types to EXCLUDE from Autorun behaviour. The hex value of the byte is the sum of all of the drive type values to exclude + 128.
DRIVE_REMOVABLE 4 (floppy disks and removable cartridges)
DRIVE_FIXED 8 (hard disks)
DRIVE_REMOTE 16 (network drives)

The default configuration excludes UNKNOWN (1), REMOVABLE (4) and REMOTE (16) which would be 16 + 4 + 1 + 128 = 149, which is hex 95. If you take out REMOVABLE you get 16 + 1 + 128 = 145, which is hex 91.
The calculation for this value is 1 + 4 + 16 + 128 = 149. 149 Decimal is 95 Hex
The new calculation is 1 + 16 + 128 = 145. 149 Decimal is 91 Hex
You may have to restart for the system to recognize a floppy or Zip as an Auto play drive. If your floppy drive does not show a custom icon or AutoPlay in the menu when right-clicked, double-click on the icon for your computer on the desktop and press F5 to refresh the information in the Explorer window. Zips and floppies will not auto launch when media is inserted. You must double-click their icon or right-click and choose AutoPlay from the menu.

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Display of my chat is not visible by others even i'm in visible status.

This is an issue that is cropping up more and more. If just a new problem try exiting Yahoo Messenger and then relaunching it. Even try rebooting your computer. If both those fail to solve your problem then try the suggestions below.

1) The first thing to check is to make sure you have scripting enabled in Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer is integrated into Yahoo Messenger so things that go wrong with IE can affect Yahoo Messenger. Here is the yahoo help page about that:…

2) In the Start Menu click on Run. Type, without the quotes, “regsvr32 jscript.dll” and then click OK. Next, repeat the process but this time type in the Run box “regsvr32 vbscript.dll” and click OK. Please note, if you are using Windows Vista temporarily disable the User Account Control (UAC). You can easily turn it back on. On the Control Panel (Category View) choose User Accounts and Family Safety, next choose User Accounts, and then click Turn User Account Control on or off.

3) If the above does not fix your problem and you are using Windows XP, you can update your Windows Script to version 5.7. In my experience helping others, this is the step that has helped the most people. Exit all browser windows and chat programs including Yahoo Messenger before installing. Here is link from Microsoft to update that:Download registry cleaner reg in out

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Fixing a corrupted yahoo messenger.exe

·If you have a corrupt file in your Yahoo! Messenger directory.

To fix the problem, you must manually delete the "Messenger" directory on your C: drive (default), then reinstall the Yahoo! Messenger application.

All archives will be deleted if they are not copied. If you have a Flash drive copy it. If none, copy them like this:

CLOSE Yahoo! Messenger (if it is currently running).

Go to your Desktop and double-click "My Computer."

Select the "C:" drive.

Go to: C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles

Your "Profiles" folder contains your complete Message Archive. Copy it to the a different folder on your computer and RENAME IT AND save..

Now you can DELETE the Yahoo Messenger by deleting the directory:

CLOSE the Yahoo! Messenger application if you currently have it running. Make sure all instances of Internet Explorer are CLOSED.

Go to your desktop and double-click "My Computer."

Click the "C:" drive.

Go to C:\Program Files\Yahoo!

Highlight the Yahoo! Messenger folder and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

DEFRAG your computer files to remove those empty spaces resulting from the deletion.


CLOSE all running applications EXCEPT for your Internet browser.

DISABLE YOUR ANTI VIRUS/ANTI SPY PROGRAM/S. Most times they interfere in the downloading/installation process.

Click the link below to download Yahoo Messenger…

Click the "Download Now" button.

Double-click the Yahoo Messenger executable once the download completes to begin the installation process.


Go to your Desktop and double-click "My Computer."

Select the "C:" drive.

Go to: C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles

Drag/drop the copy of your Message Archive to the NEW Yahoo Messenger folder\Yahoo\Messenger\Profiles.


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Windows cannot find gphone.exe??

Gphone.exe is a file that an instant-message worm infects. This worm spreads through Google chat and Yahoo! Messenger. This “Gphone.exe” worm disables your antivirus security software, and downloads more crapware onto your PC.

To remove do this:
1. Block Gphone.exe sites:
2. Stop Gphone.exe processes: %Windir%\gphone.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\gphone.exe
%DriveLetter%\New Folder.exe
[ROOT FOLDER]\New Folder.exe
[ROOT FOLDER]\gphone.exe Get rid of Gphone.exe files:

[ROOT FOLDER]\autorun.inf
%Temp%\log_[TIME AND DATE].txt

3. Delete Gphone.exe registry keys using regedit from start - run:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\WorkgroupCrawler\Shares\”shared” = “[ROOT FOLDER]\New Folder.exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\”Yahoo Messengger” = “%System%\gphone.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\”Shell” = “Explorer.exe gphone.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Schedule\”AtTaskMaxHours” = “0′
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Schedule\”NextAtJobId” = “2′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\”DisableTaskMgr” = “1′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\”DisableRegistryTools” = “1′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\”NofolderOptions” = “1′
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\”Default_Page_URL” = “”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\”Default_Search_URL” = “”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\”Search Page” = “”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\”Start Page” = “”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\”Start Page” = “”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel\”HomePage” = “1′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel\”HomePage” = “1′ Note: In any Gphone.exe files I mention above, “%UserProfile%” is a variable referring to your current user’s profile folder. If you’re using Windows NT/2000/XP, by default this is “C:\Documents and Settings\[CURRENT USER]” (e.g., “C:\Documents and Settings\JoeSmith”). If you have any questions about manual Gphone.exe removal, go ahead and leave a comment.

How to delete Gphone.exe files in Windows XP and Vista:
1.Click your Windows Start menu, and then click “Search.”
2.A speech bubble will pop up asking you, “What do you want to search for?” Click “All files and folders.”
3.Type a Gphone.exe file in the search box, and select “Local Hard Drives.”
4.Click “Search.” Once the file is found, delete it.
How to stop Gphone.exe processes:
1.Click the Start menu, select Run.
2.Type taskmgr.exe into the the Run command box, and click “OK.” You can also launch the Task Manager by pressing keys CTRL + Shift + ESC.
3.Click Processes tab, and find Gphone.exe processes.
4.Once you’ve found the Gphone.exe processes, right-click them and select “End Process” to kill Gphone.exe.
How to remove Gphone.exe registry keys:
Because your registry is such a key piece of your Windows system, you should always backup your registry before you edit it. Editing your registry can be intimidating if you’re not a computer expert, and when you change or a delete a critical registry key or value, there’s a chance you may need to reinstall your entire system. Make sure your backup your registry before editing it.
1.Select your Windows menu “Start,” and click “Run.” An “Open” field will appear. Type “regedit” and click “OK” to open up your Registry Editor.
2.Registry Editor will open as a window with two panes. The left side Registry Editor’s window lets you select various registry keys, and the right side displays the registry values of the registry key you select.
3.To find a registry key, such as any Gphone.exe registry keys, select “Edit,” then select “Find,” and in the search bar type any of Gphone.exe’s registry keys.
4.As soon as Gphone.exe registry key appears, you can delete the Gphone.exe registry key by right-clicking it and selecting “Modify,” then clicking “Delete.”
How to delete Gphone.exe DLL files:
1.First locate Gphone.exe DLL files you want to delete. Open your Windows Start menu, then click “Run.” Type “cmd” in Run, and click “OK.”
2.To change your current directory, type “cd” in the command box, press your “Space” key, and enter the full directory where the Gphone.exe DLL file is located. If you’re not sure if the Gphone.exe DLL file is located in a particular directory, enter “dir” in the command box to display a directory’s contents. To go one directory back, enter “cd ..” in the command box and press “Enter.”
3.When you’ve located the Gphone.exe DLL file you want to remove, type “regsvr32 /u SampleDLLName.dll” (e.g., “regsvr32 /u jl27script.dll”) and press your “Enter” key.
That’s it. If you want to restore any Gphone.exe DLL file you removed, type “regsvr32 DLLJustDeleted.dll” (e.g., “regsvr32 jl27script.dll”) into your command box, and press your “Enter” key.
Did Gphone.exe change your homepage?
1.Click Windows Start menu > Control Panel > Internet Options.
2.Under Home Page, select the General > Use Default.
3.Type in the URL you want as your home page (e.g., “”).
4.Select Apply > OK.
5.You’ll want to open a fresh web page and make sure that your new default home page pops up.
Gphone.exe Removal Tip
Is your computer acting funny after deleting any Gphone.exe files? I recommend using a program like File Recover from PC Tools. File Recover saves deleted files that otherwise can’t be recovered by Windows operating sytem.
Want to save time finding Gphone.exe files? Download Spyware Doctor, let it find the Gphone.exe files for you, and then manually delete Gphone.exe files.

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When I open computer a message displayed cannot find regsvr.exe

Hi there.
You have a virus on the PC!!

What the regsvr.exe virus does?
• This worm creates folders and a registry entry to enable its automatic execution at every system startup.
• This worm also creates a scheduled task to enable its automatic execution at a specified date and/or time.
• It also creates Autorun.inf file for its auto execution.
Solution to fix the problem:
1. If the task manager and registry editor is disabled then we need to enable them first. Read this post.
2. Delete the Autorun.inf file created by the virus. First go to cmd (start menu, run or search, type “attrib X:Autorun.inf –s –r –h” without quotes where X is your drive name which is having the problem. Now the file is visible and ready to delete. After deleting the file, close the explorer and open it again
3. Now type msconfig in the Run dialog and click on startup tab.
4. Look for regsvr and uncheck any options, click OK.
5. Now traverse to control panel -> scheduled tasks, and delete the At1 task that might be listed there.
6. Type regedit in the Run dialog to open the registry editor.
7. Click on Edit -> Find and search for regsvr.exe
8. Just delete all the occurrences of regsvr.exe virus (do not confuse it with regsvr32.exe which is not a virus).
9. Navigate to entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon and modify the entry Shell = “Explorer.exe regsvr.exe” to delete the regsvr.exe from it.
shell_regsvr.jpg10. Now to actually delete the virus from the system go to system32 folder and delete the regsvr.exe virus file from there (you will need to uncheck the option of “Hide Protected System Files and Folders” in Folder Options to view the virus file).
Reboot the system for changes to take place.
If this is too much for you to understand please post back for an alternative.

Good luck

May 27, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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My antivirus wont run and i cant install any other antivirus

Have you tried to start the system in safe mode? F6 I think, then start in safe mode with network. then try to start your norton AV again and try to do a liveupdate, then scan your system and see if it works.. otherwise just uninstall norton, then reinstall it and run live update again and scan your system. My thought is that you have a serious virus on your sysstem.. best thing I can say is WHEN you get your antivirus to work again make a habit of scanning every file you download and from whatever site you dl from.. do NOT believe it when a window pops up and says you need to update your antivirus software.. ONLY use the liveupdate. Another POSSIBLE fix is to use the RESTORE option and try to restore to a point BEFORE you started noticing problems with your antivirus

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Usb port does not detect autorun

Okay in XP
  1. Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows + "e" key.

  2. Right-click the desired CD-ROM and select Properties from the menu.

  3. Select the AutoPlay tab.

  4. Select each item from the pulldown list and for the Action to perform, select "Take no action" to disable autorun, or pick the apporpriate action to take if enabling autorun.

  5. Select OK.
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hi friend chk ths
You are right that this is because of a virus attack. The virus has changed somethign in the registry. Follow the below methods: Method 1:Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box. Go to this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
In the right hand area, double click hidden and change the value to 1. Now you’re all set to go. Check it in your tools menu if the changes have taken effect. Method 2:1. Click “Start” -> “Run…” (or press Windows key + R) 2. Type “regedit” and click “Ok”. 3. Find the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL 4. Look at the “CheckedValue” key… This should be a DWORD key. If it isn’t, delete the key. 5. Create a new key called “CheckedValue” as a DWORD (hexadecimal) with a value of 1. 6. The “Show hidden files & folders” check box should now work normally. Enjoy! 

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My drives r not opening by double click

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Nov 22, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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Folder options no working

still a virus problem,,, scan with avast antivirus, this one will really help.

but still after a complete scan,, u'll have to reinstall a fresh windows,,


Jan 26, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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