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I keep getting "cant find openme.exe" on startup

By friend2u ยท 8 replies
Mar 7, 2004
  1. On my Win 98SE computer I receive a message repeatedly on startup that says "cant find openme.exe" is this something left over from an old app that might be in my registry?
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Load up msconfig.exe & click on startup ( tab furthest to the right ) & see where the entry for openme.exe is.

    If you don't have any problems with your system ( other then that error message at the startup ) remove the openme.exe entry once you find it. You shouldn't have that error message afterwards.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    openme.exe, from my experience, is a virus.

    What may have happened is the virus has been removed (perhaps by your virus scanner automatically), but left the startup information in the registry.
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Very true Rick, I have come across this as well. What happened was it was removed, yet still linked to startup.

    Doing the above steps should take care of it.

    You might also want to verify that your Antivirus is up to date.
  5. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    It is a virus, and has been around since at least 20th of march 2002, since I found a post about it from that date.

    It has instructions on how to remove it from the registry here
  6. Tampa

    Tampa TS Rookie


    When I bootup the PC I get a messages "cant find openme.exe". My antivirus software had found a Trojan horse virus and removed it but this still comes up. I did a Google search and found some recommendations on how to edit my registry and remove the line from my registry. This is the line they suggest I look for HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon --- Shell\Reg_SZ\Explorer.exe openme.exe" and remove the openme.exe. The problem is that when I go to the path HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion I see driver.desc and drivers32. I tried do a find for the openme.exe file in the registry and came up with nothing. Any suggestions?
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    Try looking in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  8. davey

    davey TS Rookie

    run regedit and search for item list for it
  9. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Apparently you don't read posts carefully enough, LNCPapa and davey..

    It could be in your or all users' Startup directory, too. Maybe in autoexec.bat or autoexec.nt but I'm not sure if they're executed every time the computer boots.
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