I have Norton Anti-virus 2001 installed and after uninstalling my dormant McAfee Anti virus I get the following message on start up;

Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows Application. Windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device but the device file no longer exists. If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or setup program. If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that applicationto replace the missing file.


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My computer seems to operate fine other than getting the above message on starup.

How do I determine what device file cannot be found, and also what is its associated application? I prefer not to reinstall MacAfee if this can be avoided.

I hope you can guide me through this problem resolve.

Thank you,



This question was answered on March 11, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

If you are familiar with registry try removing any strings that are associated with McAfee, but if you are not familiar with it try running msconfig.exe and delete any McAfee programs that are running in your startup.

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Posted by jose of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 11, 2003