How To: Fix 'Error loading C:\PROGRA~1\NEWDOT~1\NEWDOT~1.DLL'

Applies to: Microsoft Windows (any version)

Symptoms

When you start your computer, you receive a message similar to one of the following: "Error loading C:\PROGRA~1\NEWDOT~1\NEWDOT~1.DLL" or "Error loading C:\PROGRA~1\NEWDOT~1\NEWDOT~2.DLL".

Cause

The computer has had installed on it some software called NewDotNet. This is a software component associated with spyware. The software may have been removed. However, links to this software within the registry are still in place.

Solution

To prevent the error message from appearing at start-up: Click on Start, Run, type regedit and press Enter. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Click on Run, then look in the right hand pane for any items containing the text NEWDOT. Select these items and delete them. Now expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and delete any items containing NEWDOT found there.

Other traces of the NewDotNet spyware may remain on the computer. A computer which has had NewDotNet installed on it may also contain other spyware.

Sometimes this malware can be removed using an entry in Control Panel, Add and Remove Programs.

To clean your computer completely of NewDotNet and other spyware, and to prevent further infestations of spyware, use Spyware Doctor.