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Error message on start up

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by rojam, Dec 23, 2001.

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  1. rojam

    rojam Thread Starter

    Dec 23, 2001
    Every time I boot up I get the following error message, 'XML.PARSE.DLL not found'.
    Has anyone got a clue what this refers to, can I delete the program that needs this .dll file, or if I need it where can I get it from.
    Thanks in anticipation.
  2. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

    Aug 26, 2001
    It means that as you start up, Windows thinks it has to load an application that needs this file.
    Probably one you have recently uninstalled, but which was not completely removed.

    Does this ring any bells?

    Let's have a look at your startup programs. That might well lead us to the culprit:

    Go to Start/run, and type Msinfo32, followed by OK.
    Go to Software Environment/Startup Programs.
    Now click Edit/'Select all', and then 'copy'
    Paste the contents in your post.
  3. rojam

    rojam Thread Starter

    Dec 23, 2001
    Here is my start up list

    ZoneAlarm Common Startup Group "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zonealarm.exe" -nopopup
    run Win.ini hpfsched
    AIM Registry (Per-User Run) C:\PROGRAM FILES\NETSCAPE\COMMUNICATOR\PROGRAM\AIM\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
    ScanRegistry Registry (Machine Run) c:\windows\scanregw.exe /autorun
    TaskMonitor Registry (Machine Run) c:\windows\taskmon.exe
    SystemTray Registry (Machine Run) SysTray.Exe
    LoadPowerProfile Registry (Machine Run) Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
    TIPS Registry (Machine Run) C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~6\tips\mouse\tips.exe
    POINTER Registry (Machine Run) C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~6\point32.exe
    Scan Detector Registry (Machine Run) C:\PROGRA~1\PRIMAX\POWERT~1\Pmxdetect.exe
    PrimaLauncher Registry (Machine Run) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\Launcher.exe
    Go!Zilla dial-up fix Registry (Machine Run) "C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOZILLA\GO.EXE" /FIXRAS
    LoadQM Registry (Machine Run) loadqm.exe
    Iomega Startup Options Registry (Machine Run) C:\Program Files\Iomega\Common\ImgStart.exe
    Iomega Drive Icons Registry (Machine Run) C:\Program Files\Iomega\DriveIcons\ImgIcon.exe
    WinampAgent Registry (Machine Run) "C:\PROGRAM FILES\WINAMP\WINAMPa.exe"
    QuickTime Task Registry (Machine Run) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\QTTASK.EXE
    Gator Registry (Machine Run) "C:\Program Files\Gator.com\Gator\Gator.exe"
    Adaptec DirectCD Registry (Machine Run) C:\PROGRA~1\ADAPTEC\DIRECTCD\DIRECTCD.EXE
    webHancer Agent Registry (Machine Run) "C:\Program Files\webHancer\Programs\whAgent.exe"
    LoadPowerProfile Registry (Machine Service) Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
    SchedulingAgent Registry (Machine Service) mstask.exe
    TrueVector Registry (Machine Service) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE -service
    MiniLog Registry (Machine Service) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\MINILOG.EXE -service
  4. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001

    Lets have a look here:

    You have some spyware, but we'll leave that to the end.

    ZoneAlarm: keep

    run Win.ini hpfsched: keep

    AIM: AOL Instant Messager. If connected to the internet, automatically runs up AIM. Convenience more than anything. AIM can be started from Start -> Programs

    ScanRegistry: keep

    TaskMonitor: The Task Monitor the disk-access patterns of programs when they are started and stores this information in log files in the Applog folder. Task Monitor also records the number of times you use a program. The Disk Defragmenter tool uses this information to optimize your hard disk so that programs that you use frequently are loaded faster. Not required - but can be useful

    SystemTray: keep

    LoadPowerProfile: Power management specifics such as monitor shut-off, system standby, etc. keep

    TIPS: Suggests tips on using your mouse. Not required

    POINTER: Microsoft Intellipoint software for their Intellimouse series of mice. Only needed if enable any of the advanced features as Win98/Me supports the basic features by default

    Scan Detector: For your scanner. Dunno

    PrimaLauncher: dunno

    Go!Zilla dial-up: Spyware. See at the end.

    LoadQM: Loads the MSN Explorer Query Manager - a waste of resources and bandwidth. Also installed by the latest version of MSN Messenger. Not required

    Iomega Startup Options: Used by Iomega drives. Available via Start -> Programs - not required

    WinampAgent: System Tray application that starts up WinAmp media player. Not required - can be started manually from Start -> Programs

    QuickTime Task: System Tray access to Apple's "Quick Time" viewer from version 5 onwards. Not required

    Gator: spyware. at the end

    Adaptec DirectCD: Unless you have a CD-RW in the drive to drag and drop files to it you don't need DirectCD. Available via Start -> Programs - not required. Also covered under "DirectCD

    webHancer: spyware. at the end

    CreateCD: Adaptec Easy CD Creator system tray application (pre version 5). Available via Start -> Programs - not required

    SchedulingAgent: Microsoft Scheduling Agent displayed as a box with a stopwatch in the System Tray - only needed if you have regular scheduled disk defragmenting, ScanDisk, etc. Recommend you run these at regular intervals anyway so not needed as they can interrupt other programs

    TrueVector: keep

    MiniLog: keep

    Now, for the ones that you don't want, go to Run and type MSCONFIG. Startup tab and uncheck all that you don't want, apply and restart. If you're unsure, do each seperately, but apply and restart after each one.

    Now, the spyware. Go to Control Panel | AddRemove and uninstall Gator, Gozilla and webhancer.

    Then, go to MSCONFIG again and uncheck the 3 entries. Then, run this program AddAware www.lavasoftusa.org
    Install and runit, only after you have done the other things. Ensure that Deep registry Scan is enabled, and remove all except any references to Web3000 or new.net. If you're unsure, copy/paste the list here.

    Also, whilst you're there, download RefUpdate and run it. This will give you the latest updates.


  5. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

    Aug 26, 2001
    and now for something completely different: do a search for this xml.parse.dll file.

    Maybe you do have it, but it's sitting in a folder where Windows can't find it.

    If you do find it, copy it to C:\Windows\System, and try again.

    Good luck,
  6. Mosaic1


    Aug 17, 2001

    There's the culprit. I saw this once before at another Forum. Here's the explanation courtesy of rmbox:
  7. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

    Aug 26, 2001
    Thanks Mo,

    I don't think we would have found this out without knowing what you just told us.
    Except of course by trial and error, which is alright too, I guess, but it's certainly good to know the reason behind it.
  8. rojam

    rojam Thread Starter

    Dec 23, 2001
    I had already solved the problem of the XML.Parse.dll file by removing the AIM.exe.
    I just hadn't had the chance to post a reply.
    If I did get rid of webhancer would I still be able to use Audiogalaxy satellite, a programme which I use frequently.
    Any help on suitable replacements for Gator and GoZilla would be appreciated. GoZilla I suppose I could do without, but I have so many passwords on Gator I think I would run into a few problems.
  9. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

    Aug 26, 2001
    Try unchecking Webhancer, reboot, and see whether AudioGalaxy still works.

    You could always put the checkmark back.

    A very, very nice Gator replacement: <A HREF="http://www.roboform.com/?tag=ex.dl.10059-601-2409576.dir.manu">RoboForm </A>

    You can even import your Gator data.

    Instead of Go'Zilla, try <A HREF="http://www.speedbit.com/Default.asp">Download Accelerator Plus</A> or <A HREF="http://www.getright.com/">GetRight </A>

    Good luck,
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