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Error loading The specified procedure could...


Rundll is the Windows program responsible for loading applications and related library files. In this case, one or more files are missing that prevent the application from running. 

Causes can include a failed installation or uninstallation, accidental file or folder deletion, moving of folders or files where the file is expected to reside, or disk damage. A virus or malware problem can also cause this condition. Be especially suspicious if the error occurs during the boot up of Windows.

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The specified procedure could not be found. 

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Fix Data Corruption
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Data and/or file structures on the drive may be corrupt. Run the check disk program or other disk validation and repair utility on the drive. To do this:

  1. Open Explorer or My Computer (Press Windows+E).
  2. In the right pane, right-click on the drive you want to validate and select Properties.
  3. Select the Tools tab.
  4. Under Error-checking, click on "Check Now".

  5. In the next dialog, make sure the option "Automatically fix file system errors" is checked. If you want a more complete validation and repair check the option "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" (although this takes considerably longer to complete).

  6. Click on Start.

Several software products that offer an extensive range of disk diagnostics includes Fix-It Utilities Professional and SystemSuite Professional. Other diagnostic products include Eurosoft's PC Check and Iolo's System Mechanic.

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Posted: 11-Mar-2010
Remove Viruses and Malware
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Using an Anti-Virus product with the latest pattern files, scan the system for viruses and malware. Often this is called a deep-scan where it looks at every file in the system.

Several software products that handle the detection and removal of Viruses and Malware include Avanquest's Fix-It Utilities Professional and SystemSuite Professional. Other commonly available Anti-virus products are available from Computer Associates, F-Secure, Kaspersky Labs, McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro and others.

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Posted: 11-Mar-2010
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