Stop C;\WINDOWS\System32\cmd.exe on boot

June 14, 2014 at 15:06:03
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP2, Amd Athlon 3600+
When I boot computer c;\Windows\System32\cmd.exe loads and then minimizes, How can I stop this


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June 14, 2014 at 16:17:07
mmm a trawl via google offers quite a few interesting ideas about this one.

Some suggest (presuming the system boots OK otherwise) that somehow the cmd.exe has been included in the "Startup folder" - programes to start when you boot up to desktop.

Suggestions are then to check in that startup folder and see if it is there; and if so delete it.

Others seem to suggest if may be a nasty, a virus of some sort...

This post is one of several "out there (Skully)"

I'd be inclined to download a few cleaner utils and see what they fix...

ccleaner from:

Malwarebytes - freebie version:


Junkware removal tool:

When you install each utility - do NOT opt for automatic or custom installation. Opt to "manually" install it. Then observe carefully what tick boxes are "ticked/checked" and uncheck them all - apart from the utility itself. You do NOT want to install "useful" browser add-ons, nor change your home page; nor change your search engine and so on. All you want to install is the actual utility itself. Just about every utility these day offers to "give you useful extras" - which you do not need. Decline any and all of them.

And one other utility - a Kaspersky anti-virus rescue disk:

Download the ISO file; save and then burn it to a DVD. Boot up with that DVD.

The system will boot into a Linux variant (perfectly safe); go on-line to update its virus definitions; then will scan the system fully - and ideally/hopefully clean out anything nasty it finds. It loads itself in RAM and the hard drive is merely a resource for the Linux based OS to use - in this case scan. You do NOT install it - even if you see the option to do so; simply boot up with the DVD and run the whole show that way. This disk will find things that can hide away once windows has booted up; but as windows is "not" booting when you run the Kaspersky DVD - they have no-where to hide...

Once it's finished close out, remove the DVD and boot as normal to your windows OS.

It "may"not be anything at all in terms of nasties/virus etc.; but who knows... Worth at least to clean out as per the utilities suggested above; and then if you're inclined run the Kasperksy disk too.

All the above utilities are free; are regularly recommended here; and the download sites are clean and safe thus far.

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June 14, 2014 at 17:23:31
You might also run MSCONFIG and click the 'startup' tab and see if what's loading there. Could be some old dos program.

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June 14, 2014 at 17:29:10
This one is really quite odd and there are a lot of hits about it; from XP through to win-7.

Not something ever I'd heard of before, let alone had it happen for me (fortunately...).

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