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Getting 'svohost.exe' error when Win XP reboots

Whenever my XP system starts/reboots, this error dialog box pops up: "Windows can't find D:WindowsSystem32svohost.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."

Why is this message showing up every time I start/reboot my PC? How can I remove it?

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There are a number of common Trojans viruses that copy themselves as this file and write a registry entry to call on it during startup. Update your virus scanner and run it on your system as soon as possible, If you discover a Trojan, check your anti-virus vendors web page for any special instructions for removing it. In some cases, you need to temporarily disable the System Restore function within XP when removing these files.

This was first published in February 2005

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