Can't Load Any Anti-Virus Due To DLL Issue

Dell Inspiron 7500
May 14, 2010 at 14:33:10
Specs: Windows 2000, 261,616
So a friend said we sent her an email with a virus. I attempted to download a half-dozen different virus programs (avast, Panda, AVG, etc.). They download, but when I attempt to open them, a dialogue box says "The dynamic link library (XXX) cannot be found in the specified path ..." This morning, "XXX" was MSVCR90.dll. This afternoon, it's FLTLIB.dll. I've spent all day trying to deal with the former. I can't find a solution outside of reloading the OS completely. Any ideas?


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May 15, 2010 at 03:15:24
Boot up (if you can); preferably in safe-mode with networking... Disable system restore; then go on-line to: and run their "housecall" freebie scan. Let if fix and find...

Once complete - delete anything it may quarantine. Afterwhich empty recycle-bin and reboot again into safe-mode; re-enable system restore and reboot again as per norm.

You can also boot as per norm, and again after disabling system restore..., go to etc... Again once scan completed, delete anything it "may" quarantine; then reboot. Then re-enable system restore...

Other way:

Boot with a linux disk (cd/dvd) and then go on-line as above to and are places to find free downloadable ISO images for appropriate version of linux; save to hard-drive; burn image to cd/dvd; boot with that cd/dvd.

Then if needs-be run a "repair" installation - not the one via recovery console...! But before doing that copy all data etc. to optical media and/or an external hard-drive; and verify the copies are truly accessible on at least one other system - before proceeding futher..

XP repair installation - how to:

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May 15, 2010 at 14:06:30
Thanks, I'll give that a shot, although previous attempts to use Housecall have failed because I have to download a plug-in, and I get the same error message -- the plug-in won't load. But maybe it'll be different in safe mode. Thanks again.

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May 15, 2010 at 20:10:25
msvcr90.dll is part of msvcrt.lib, which is related to C++ runtime libraries. And it seems fltlib.dll is also part of runtime library.

You probably just need to update your C++ libraries (vcredist_x86.exe).

Download details: Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86)

Notice Service Pack 4 is required for Windows 2000, and Windows Installer 3.1 is also required (Download details: Windows Installer 3.1 Redistributable.

Let us know if this works.

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