start/find/find files or folders broken

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  1. Cursed Ghost

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    hi all

    im having a curious problem when i got to start/find/find files or folders nothing happens

    iv tryed seareching the net and cant seem to work out why at first i though it may be that the find utility was bad but when i hit win+f the find utility pops up quite the thing

    whats goin on why cant i start the find utility from the start menu ? keep in mind in runin win 98se
     
  2. hadi

    hadi Guest

    have you installed any tweaking program lately.
     
  3. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Can you click Start > Run > copy&paste this command regedit.exe /e C:\findfiles.txt "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" > OK

    This will create the file C:\findfiles.txt
    Post the content of that file please.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  4. Bethrezen

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    hi

    here is the contents of the requested file

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
    "LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo"=dword:00000001
    "NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=hex:95,00,00,00
    "NoStartBanner"=dword:00000001
    "NoActiveDesktop"=dword:00000001
    "NoActiveDesktopChanges"=dword:00000001
    "NoCustomizeWebView"=dword:00000001
    "NoSetActiveDesktop"=dword:00000001
    "NoSettingsWizards"=dword:00000001
    "NoWebMenu"=dword:00000001
    "NoLogoff"=hex:01,00,00,00
    "NoNetHood"=hex:01,00,00,00
    @=hex:00,00,00,00
    "NoChangeStartMenu"=hex:00,00,00,00
    "NoRecentDocsMenu"=dword:00000000
    "NoFavoritesMenu"=hex:00,00,00,00
    "NoSMMyDocs"=dword:00000000
    "NoSMMyPictures"=dword:00000000
    "NoStartMenuMyMusic"=dword:00000000
    "NoRecentDocsHistory"=dword:00000000
    "ClearRecentDocsOnExit"=dword:00000001
    "NoRecentDocsNetHood"=dword:00000000
    "NoSMHelp"=dword:00000000
    "NoRun"=dword:00000000
    "NoUserNameInStartMenu"=dword:00000000
    "NoInstrumentation"=dword:00000000
    "NoStartMenuPinnedList"=dword:00000000
    "EditLevel"=dword:00000000
    "NoClose"=dword:00000000
    "NoFileMenu"=dword:00000000
     
  5. Pieter_Arntz

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    Not what I expected to find. (a "NoFind" entry)

    Can you have a look at this article:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;222029
    and check for the regsitry entry described there.

    Another thing you can try (although it's meant for XP)
    Click Start > RUN > Type or copy&paste these commands (one by one followed by clicking OK)

    regsvr32 urlmon.dll
    regsvr32 jscript.dll
    regsvr32 wshom.ocx

    HTH,

    Pieter
     
  6. Bethrezen

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    hi

    it would apper that restoring

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\FindExtensions\ShellFind]
    @="{61E218E0-65D3-101B-9F08-061CEAC3D50D}"

    to the registry fixed the problem thanks

    so now for my next quandrie why wont regedit excercute from the run box every time i try i get the following error

    http://img336.imageshack.us/img336/4660/untitled3ne.png

    again i think its probabley same problem i had with the find command some registry entry has goten messed up but i dont know which one
     
  7. Pieter_Arntz

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    Can you do a find files (now that it works ;) ) for regedit.*

    Let me know which ones were found where.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  8. Cursed ghost

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    regedit.exe c:\Windows v4.10.1998

    its not regedit that not working coz i restored the oridional from the install disk thats the first thing i tryed also if i click directley on the regedit exe it works ok

    so thats why i think its probabley a registry error again
     
  9. Pieter_Arntz

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    So I get this right:
    You can start regedit by doubleclicking the file itself but you can't start it from the DOS prompt because you get the shown error.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  10. Cursed Ghost

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    well close

    i can start it by clicking on the regedit.exe and if i go to to c:\ and double click on command.com and type regedit then again it works

    but if i go to start/run/regedit i get the above error

    stranger still if i right click regedit.exe and create a short cut on the desktop then go to start/run/regedit its works fine and i dont get the above error

    im totaly stumped i havnt got a clue what might be causing this
     
  11. Pieter_Arntz

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    That is why I asked you to look for regedit.*

    I suspected a file called regedit.com or another extension to be present that gets started.

    If you do Start > Run > regedit.exe
    Does it work then?

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  12. Cursed Ghost

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    hi

    thanks for ya help

    as i have said befor if i open command com and type regedit

    or

    double click regedit it works

    but then i go to Start > Run > regedit.exe

    i get the above error
     
  13. Pieter_Arntz

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    Like I said before. There are only two options for this to happen.

    Since you now tested one and still get the error, the only one left is that Windows gets the wrong regedit.exe first (one from a different folder)

    Can you check that too please?

    I seem to remember that the following order is %root%, %windir%, %sysdir%
    Not completely sure about that though.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  14. FanJ

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    Hi Pieter,

    I really don't know if this might be useful (I'd better leave those things to you ;)):

    At the following site is a tweak for ME-2000-XP, alas it doesn't tell about 98 :
    http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/1154/


    Apologies for interrupting !
     
  15. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Hi FanJ,

    When it concerns Windows 98 feel free to jump in anytime.
    I've never used it, so you are much more experienced with it then I am. :)

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  16. Cursed Ghost

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    hi

    i think i worked out what was causing my trouble i found a suspicious file in windows called write.exe now it looks excatley like word pad that comes with windows and when ya double click on it thats what it opens up but what i find suspicious is that it was in the windows folder and its not word pag coz the lagit word pad is called WORDPAD.EXE and is located in

    "C:\Program Files\Accessories\WORDPAD.EXE"

    so i was wondering if somone wants to have a look at this file incase its somthing bad

    odd thing is that when goodleing this file i couldnt find any refrence to it being some sort of trojen or what have you so and when i click properties it says its a lagit M$ file but im not so sure coz if it is why was it messing with regedit
     
  17. Cursed Ghost

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    scrach that its was an empy ini file called nregedit.ini and another file called regedit.w98

    that being said id still be intrested t find out if this write.exe is malware of some sort
     
  18. Tassie_Devils

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    hi cursed ghost...

    I cannot help with other problems, but, can point you in a direction to check that file you are worried about.

    Scan it here with multiple scanners at http://virusscan.jotti.org/ by uploading it to their site.

    see what you get.

    Cheers, TAS
     

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    also a google on write.exe gives various results.

    Compaq 3598 system has it as a driver
    McAfee / Trend has it listed as worm

    etc.

    TAS
     
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