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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
What is the iedll file on the computer? Mine is apparently malfunctioning, and now photos are distorted on-line. I found it on the hard drive to reinstall it, but when I click on it, it says it is shutting down the program. Any ideas on how to fix this? And is it causing photos to look weird?
post #2 of 12
ie.dll looks like Internet Explorer, and a dll file is something that is used to make the program run. I'm not sure exactly on this file though, as I've never actually came across it.

What O/S are you using?
post #3 of 12
Forgive me, I looked at that wrong.

iedll is a program.

Again, I've never encountered something like this. I do see a fix, but I'm not exactly sure what iedll is used for.

Here's the link if you are interested.




With MUCH thanks to Rick from "The MacKinzie Family" (who sent me a copy of iedll.exe for examination) and Galen (aka KGIII and GotRoot etc) who took pity on me, decompiled the file and told me what it does........

Its a BHO ("browser helper object"), affecting Internet Explorer, that tries to write to the registry "..looks like a fragmented version of SearchBar.."

The problem: error message when starting Windows - " C:\\windows\\IEDLL.EXE\\ file appears to be corrupt. Reinstall the file and try again."

Search engine/option hijackings:

global-finder.com (in the registry as out.true-counter.com/.../?344012)


coolwebsearch (appearing in the registry as approvedlinks.com/hp.htm) (coolwebsearch is also mentioned HERE)

The cleanup: Use Task Manager (ctrl, alt, del) to make sure iedll.exe is not running. If it is, shut it down. Rename iedll.exe to iedll.old.

Export then delete the following registry keys:

HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\SearchURL
HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main\\Search Bar
HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main\\Search Page
HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main\\Default_Page_URL
HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main\\Default_Search_URL
HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Search\\SearchAssistant
HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Search\\CustomizeSearch
HKLM\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main\\Search Bar
HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main\\HomeOldSP
HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Connection Wizard\\Shellnext
HKLM\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Connection Wizard\\Shellnext

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Run [iedll] C:\\WINDOWS\\iedll.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Run [loader] C:\\WINDOWS\\LOADER.EXE

NOTE: Loader.exe can be a legitimate Windows file. Do NOT delete or rename the file - just delete the entry above from the registry!!

It looks like the link I sent you has a link to a program that does this for you?
post #4 of 12
bren.1, you need Ad-aware, Spybot S&D and I highly recommend Hijack This. I doubt iedll.exe is your only problem. Take a look at this cached thread (with iedll.exe in yellow highlight):

I also recommend joining this forum and posting the results of Hijack This like the thread starter did. When you get a response, check the appropriate boxes and select "fix checked".
post #5 of 12
Be careful with Adaware. It totally messed up my computer. I have spybot now and am happy with it. Adaware manually gets rid of some adware that has to be handled differently and it causes you not be able to access the internet. When I experienced this I first quarenined the files and when my pc started acting up I tried restoring the files but to no avail. I'll look for the technical info I received about it.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for you suggestions. I was finally able to validate my registration at spywareinfo, just waiting to see what to do next. I didn't download adware, just hijack this, and I might go back to get the spybot one, too. What a pain, I really don't have time to be troubleshooting computer problems right now.
post #7 of 12
Yes. It certainly is a pain. The last thing anyone wants to hear in this situation is that they should download 3 different programs. Nobody likes time consumming suggestions like that. In fact, I would also suggest downloading Zonealarm if you don't already have it. This is the fourth or fifth time that someone on this site has had spyware or malware type symptoms on their computer and each time I just had to reply. Most of these programs seem to run without people knowing anything except that their computer is acting funny. I've been there.

By the way, I still suggest downloading Ad-aware. It has been around far longer and has a much larger user base than the other two. I seriously doubt it would screw up your computer. When you run the program, you still have to check the boxes before you press the remove or fix button. Running the program shouldn't hurt at all. At the least, you'll see if there's anything the other two missed.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well, I ran spbot and fixed some stuff, then ran hijack this and fixed what was recommended. Photos on-line are still distorted. What is that all about? Any suggestions?
post #9 of 12
All online photos look distorted? It still sounds like some malicious program is attached to your browser. Do you have another browser like Netscape or Opera? Do they do this? This sounds redundant, but try right-clicking and downloading a distorted photo. Now view it offline. Does it look alright?
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Ryan, Thanks for the suggestion, I did think about downloading a pic. I'll do that when I go home. I never realized how much was going on with my computer until this happened. I wondered shy my homepage is occasionally different, and now I know. Are these symptoms really so common? I'll also download zonealarm, if you think it will help. Should I get rid of IE 6 and reinstall it too?
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
BTW, I didn't mean to sound ungrateful for your suggestions. I just have so much going on right now, that the blasted computer is driving me nuts. I like to be able to relax on-line for a little while each day, and the distorted pics are driving me mad.
post #12 of 12
I don't think you sounded ungrateful at all. Besides that, I always give suggestions knowing that some people are just too busy or not able to try them all. I'm glad those programs helped you get rid of some other hijacking problems you had. I believe they are quite common. It's not always easy to tell what's going on and I'm afraid many people just put up with the problems.

Zonealarm will help, (www.zonelabs.com) but only to prevent some further trojans and other malicious attempts to install something on your computer, access your computer for info or "phone home" from your computer. I have Win 98 as well and it runs fine. When you first get it, it will show you pop up warnings each time there's an attempt on your system. This can get annoying if you have a lot of attempts, but the next time you get a pop up warning you can check the box that says: "Don't show this dialog again" This doesn't stop Zonealarm. It just stops the pop ups.

I'm not too sure you'll get rid of anything by re-installing IE 6. I think the bad programs remain linked to the previous settings you have. I'll offer some more nonsense in your other post.
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