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Three Notepads open on startup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Burlbird, Dec 19, 2010.

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  1. Burlbird

    Burlbird Thread Starter

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    I have this very irritating problem for some time. During startup three empty notepads pop up.

    I searched for similiar problems, but noone mentions having empty notepads. I tried searching and deleting desktop.ini files in Startup folders, but that doesn't correct the problem.

    Any ideas? Anybody? :)
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Click Start.

    In the search bar type msconfig and hit Enter.

    Click the Startup tab and see if Notepad is because told to run at startup. (If you're on Windows XP, type this command in the Run box).
     
  3. Burlbird

    Burlbird Thread Starter

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    Thanx, but still nothing... Three empty notepads, every time... I run XP btw...
     
  4. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Can you remove check marks from everything but your antivirus on that startup list?

    I did some research on the problem, and this appears to have worked for people with the same problem.

    If you like, attach screenshots showing all the startup services?

    To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file. To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
     
  5. thereallygoodguy

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    The sort of thing I would do is search within files in the root folder (C: ) and the WINDOWS folder (not any sub-folders), to see if any of the files have "notepad.exe" within them. It may reveal something, it may not. It costs nothing to try.
     
  6. Burlbird

    Burlbird Thread Starter

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    Hey guys, thanx for suggestions: I tried all of them, but nothing.... :(
     
  7. TheOutcaste

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    Download Autoruns to your desktop.
    Extract the files to a convenient folder, then double click on Autoruns.exe to run the program.
    When it finishes it's scan, click on File | Find and type in notepad.
    Click Find Next.
    It will highlight the first entry found.
    Press F3 to find the next one.
    Examine each entry to see if it should be there or not.
    You can uncheck an entry so it won't load. Once you determine which is the culprit(s), you can right click and delete the entries.

    If you are not sure, you can right click the entry, click Copy, then paste the entry here for review.

    Be sure to include the Section it's in, like:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    You may have to scroll up to find it. You can copy and paste the Section name as well.

    Or you can save the scan to a file, and attach it here. Note that the file may contain User names and PC names. If that's a concern, save the file as a text file, then edit out that info, Replace it with something generic like User1, User2, etc.

    To attach a file:
    • If using Quick Reply, click the Go Advanced button under the Reply box..
    • Click the Paperclip [​IMG] at the top of the editor window, or scroll down and click the Manage Attachments button in the Additional Options section (may have to expand it).
    • Click the Browse... button and browse to your file
    • Click the Upload button
    • Repeat for any more files, then close the Manage Attachments window
     
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