Windows XP error message, will not run anything

By theintrospect
Jun 13, 2009
  1. I have a dell optiplex p4@2.4Ghz/40gb hd/512mbRAM and everytime I start it up I get this message: Error loading C:\Windows\shoat.dll

    Can anyone be of any help? I've never experienced this before. I cant run any programs, it just keeps popping up that error message.Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. thehighroad

    thehighroad TS Rookie Posts: 45

    you may have a virus that deleted that file, or simply the deletion is a result of corruption. Try finding the file on a trusted DLL replacement website, then register it with RUN (instructions are available elsewhere).

    If that doesn't work run your recovery CD or DVD, provided by dell.
  3. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    Very likely you have Malware as (1). this is not a common file goggle yields little and (2). MicroSoft stores most all DLL files in system32.

    Do the TechSpot 8 steps:

    Get us the logs!

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