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2/Shell32.dll file has all kinds of junk in it from orphan programs that ar
e no longer used.
For example, everybody's Shell32.dll is different, correct? Below is mine-
-you'll note it's 12.2MB in size and has the checksums as shown. Yours is
Now if you manually or otherwise remove programs, like in my case the e-rea
der "KooBits4", you'll get a pointer in your Startup (since KooBits, like m
any programs, apparently wants to load in the background like a virus), whi
ch points to desktop.ini (a hidden file in every folder) which points to "S
hell32.dll", which I am guessing has something related to KooBits4 and 1000
s of other programs that want to run in the background.
So, after removing the program, how to get rid of the pointer in Shell32.dl
l? I don't think there's a way, short of recompiling the .dll which nobody
in their sane mind would do, as it's a system file.
Or am I on the wrong track?
File version: 188.8.131.521.17514
MD5 Checksum: 16AB4BD2ACC52109F43739BF0E89E18F
SHA-1 Checksum: 1BA58D221A2C95178AE479AFFC29585B3A37BD01
Generated by MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility @ http://raylin.wordpress.com/dow
Re: How to get rid of orphan file links from your Shell32.dll? I don't think there's a way Is everybody's Shell32.dll different?
It is full of resources used by the shell, e.g. icons and dialogs.
That's why it's so large, although mine (XP SP3) is smaller than yours
at 8 MB and is more recent date-wise but not version-wise.
It also contains the shell API routines. It does not contain "orphan
programs". Where did you get that idea from? It's a system DLL and
does not change according to what programs you have installed.
It differs according to OS, service pack and whatever patch level
you're at. I suspect yours is for a later OS (Win 7 ?) but you don't
A desktop.ini file controls how the directory (and items within)
containing it appears or behaves in the shell (explorer). Any pointers
to DLLs are normally to icon resources for use by the shorcuts.
There is nothing in shell32 that is particular to your program. The
program was simply using a resource from the DLL. You could edit the
desktop.ini to delete the lines mentioning your program but it really
makes no difference.
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