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Everytime we initialize the internet an error pops up

We have a Satellite M105-S1021 and each time we initially log on to the internet an error pops up which reads:

Rundll Error loading c:\windows\system 32\ favorites\ deskbar.dll
The specified module could not be found

We don't know what this means. We've had it checked for viruses. The computer is slow anyway-we've bought more memory for it because it was "low on virtual memory." We've gotten all kinds of advice from all those who claim to guys have helped me before can ya help me now?


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It sounds like your browser is trying to load an add-on toolbar that somehow got deleted off your system. This probably isn't your fault, since a lot of sites and other types software try to install their own add-ons. There's usually an opt-out that allows you to refuse these, but sometime they bury that option in a bunch of clutter, or try to scare you that not installing it could lead to bad things (usually it's exactly the opposite.

A virus-scan will not detect this kind of problem. Once you get it solved, a good way to prevent it from happening again is to install a good anti-spyware program that will warn you when a website or software program is trying to sneak something unwanted into your system.

You didn't say which brand of internet browser you use, but I'll go with the odds and assume Microsoft Internet Explorer. Look in your "Tools" and/or "Options" menus for a selection something like "Manage Add-Ons." It should display a list of files your browser tries to load when you start up the internet. With luck, your "deskbar" will be listed, and you can select to either delete or disable it, and that error should go away.

The "low on virtual memory" message is something else. Virtual memory is data your computer stores on the hard drive temporarily when it needs more space in regular memory. If you have a lot of other files stored on the hard drive, there's less space for this temporary area. To help with this problem, delete as many old, no-longer-needed files and software as you can -- the bigger the better. Or, if you're able, back them up off-line so they're not on the hard drive any more. Then look up how to "defragment" your hard drive. This can take several hours if it's never been done before, but can really speed up your system.

Something else that can clog up your system are all the temporary files -- mostly pictures -- your system keeps from every internet site you visit. This isn't always bad since, if you visit a site again, your system can display them right away because it doesn't have to wait for them to load from the internet. But you don't need to keep these for the 30-days Microsoft sets this by default. Again, in the "Tools" or "Options" area, look for a "Settings" button near something that mentions "history" or "temporary files" and click it. If the pop-up contains a control labeled something like "Days to keep" lower the number to 15 or 10 to better manage these files.

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Try this first:
Go to start>run type in: cmd
At the prompt type in: sfc/scannow
It will ask you for your windows installation disk. Put it in your drive and let it run. Then remove the disk and reboot.

If your computer is running slow, go to: start>programs>accessories>system tools>disk defragmenter and run it. Also got to and download FIWW (Free Internet Windows Washer) and run it. Also, download Sysinternals "Autoruns" (just google it), and shut down the items that you don't need to start when windows starts. Things like adobe reader updater, etc. Download and run Superantispyware or similar program. The less spyware that's running on your machine (reporting home), the faster your computer will run.
Consider getting more memory. Go to for a free scan.
Xp runs ok with 256 megs memory, much better with 1 gig, though.
Vista runs ok with 1 gig memory, much better with 2 gigs.

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Go to the control panel, add/remove programs icon. Open it and find Internet Explorer. Click on it and select "Repair". This could fix your problem.

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