I receive this error Windows cannot find...

Intel / Dg965ss
October 30, 2010 at 21:28:05
Specs: Windows XP, 2.397 GHz / 3053 MB
I receive this error:

"Windows cannot find C:\Documents'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search."

I almost never use the Search function. Additionally I rarely restart my computer. I leave it running constantly. So I cannot say exactly when this started happening. It probably happened within a weeks time. I restart if I use a registry clean/optimize program or whenever I run MalwareBytes and it tells me to restart.

Anyway, I have tried XP Repair and Registry Mechanic to get rid of this but, it will not go away.

Any ideas on how to get rid of this. I have to click the balloon 6 or 7 times to get rid of it. Until I click the machine won't boot up completely. (The programs I have asked to start on computer start up won't start until I get rid of the balloon.)

Thanks for your help.

Here is additional info if it helps:

OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3053 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39989 MB, Free - 9247 MB; D: Total - 181264 MB, Free - 132535 MB; H: Total - 286165 MB, Free - 35021 MB; J: Total - 77650 MB, Free - 19303 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corporation, DG965SS, AAD41678-304, BQSS63900V0T
Antivirus: None

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October 30, 2010 at 23:21:03
tonyacardo, pure SWAG, sounds like a nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.) at work to me. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
IMHO running without an AV is sorta like playing Russian Roulette. I run Avast!, an excellent and completely free AV available @:
MB is a fine proggie, but IMHO not enough. Also, I'd shut down and restart now and then just 'cuz. Seems to help mine.
Ed in Texas.

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October 31, 2010 at 09:27:57
Thanks for your response. I fixed my problem by re imaging. Whatever was happening messed up my Outlook program. So I re imaged using Acronis.

Anyway, you like Avast. I will try the free and if I like upgrade. I was under the impression Malware Bytes was enough. I use to run AVG paid but, was finding too many warnings that I knew weren't right. The important thing here is MB isn't enough by itself, is that what you are telling me? If so, can you tell me why.

Again, thanks for your response. I appreciate you spending your time to help me fix my problem.

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