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 Post subject: SVCHOST Error Messages and FilterKeys
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:48 am 

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Hi Scott

Hope you will be able to help me with this. I know you can. A friend is having trouble with his computer and asked me if i knew what to do. I told him that Scott has the answers. I really do appreciate your help. I am trying to do all I can by myself.

I do not know what kind of computer or the OS, but I think it is Windows XP. If I need to I will ask him more questions about this, if you need to know to be able to answer this.

The first box that pops up says:
X with circle Windows cannot access the Specified Device, Path, or File
It was Close or OK

When that closes then another box pops up:
X(with circle) DESKTOP
Could not load or run (he wrote 'SVHOST32.EXE" From your book it is 'SVCHost32.EXE' specified in the Registry. Make sure the file exists on your Computer or remove the reference to it in the registry.

Close or OK (he didn't write that)

When that is closed another box comes up:
X (with circle) SVCHOST.EXE
WINDOWS cannot find 'SVCHOST32.EXE' Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start Button, and then click Search.

Then he hits OK or Close and tries to go to the Control Panel, But it doesn't let him do anything.

Thank you for your help.

Last week I received the copy of your book, UPGRADING AND REPAIRING MICROSOFT WINDOWS

I have been reading a lot of it. Really do like your books
I bumped something on my keyboard just now and it put a greater than sign for a period. Don't know what I hit, but a box said something about turning on a filter that if you hold a key down for 8 seconds it does something. That happened before.

Thanks again and hope you had a Merry Christmas, and hope you have a Happy New Year!


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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:37 am 
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Thanks for buying my URWindows book!

Sounds like your friend probably has malware on the system. If that is the case, then try running:

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

Ad-Aware 2007 Free

Spybot Search & Destroy

If those don't help then run HijackThis
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/prog ... hijackthis

Then submit the log to the SpywareInfo Malware Removal forum for analysis: http://tinyurl.com/2rvghj

Let me know what the problem turns out to be. Scott.

EDIT: Looks like you accidentally turned on FilterKeys via its keyboard shortcut (holding down the right shift key for 8 seconds). FilterKeys is one of the accessibility options built-in to Windows. Unless you are handicapped, I recommend turning off all of the accessibility options, as they can interfere with normal system operation. To do this, in the Control Panel click on Accessibility Options, then make sure all of the boxes for things like StickyKeys, FilterKeys, ToggleKeys, High Contrast (under the Display tab), and MouseKeys (under the Mouse tab) are all turned off.

But you're still not done, because even if an option is unchecked, it can still be activated via a keyboard shortcut. To prevent this (and *really* turn the option off), click on the Settings button for each option and uncheck the Use shortcut box, which will prevent the option from accidentally being turned on:
As another option, you can turn all of these things off at once via registry settings. Copy the following text into a file called "accessibility_disable.reg":
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Turn off default Accessibility Options
;  Disable StickyKeys keyboard shortcut
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\StickyKeys]
;  Disable FilterKeys keyboard shortcut
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\Keyboard Response]
;  Disable ToggleKeys keyboard shortcut
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\ToggleKeys]
;  Disable High Contrast keyboard shortcut
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\HighContrast]
;  Disable MouseKeys keyboard shortcut
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\MouseKeys]

Click on it to merge the contents into your registry. Once you restart the system, the changes will be in effect.

For more information on the Accessibility Options in Windows see: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/product ... ndows.aspx

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