If when you start your Windows computer, you see a dialog box open up saying that There was a problem starting a file or The specified module could not be found, then this post may help you. The file we are talking about in this post is SysMenu.dll. But if you are facing any similar error while you start your computer, then you can follow similar steps mentioned in this post to get rid of it. This error is usually caused by missing files which are required during start-up.
The specified module could not be found
This post covers the three suggestions you could try to fix this issue.
1. Use Autoruns
AutoRuns is a free utility from Sysinternals that lets you view the auto-start configuration of your computer. In simpler words, you can view all the processes, scheduled tasks, registry and file system locations available when your computer starts. This tool will help us identify any missing entry in the configuration and remove it.
Make sure you are in everything tab before you start finding missing entries. Entries highlighted in yellow are the missing files. Find all the entries highlighted in yellow that ends with sysmenu.dll. You are going to find these entries mostly inside Scheduled Tasks. If you encounter any such entry, right click and select Delete from the menu. Make sure you delete the right entry, deleting any wrong entry can cause serious trouble booting your PC.
Once, you’ve deleted all yellow highlighted entries ending with sysmenu.dll; you can restart your computer. After the PC restarts, it is advised to wait for a few minutes to confirm that if the missing sysmenu.dll issue has been resolved or not. The sysmenu.dll error usually appears within a minute from rebooting the computer.
2. Run AdwCleaner
SysMenu.dll has been reported to be an adware file, so you should run AdwCleaner. It is one of the most popular free adware cleaners available for Windows 10. It comes in a portable form-factor, and you can simply download and execute this tool. The tool is quite simple to use and works very effectively. Also, the tool is being actively maintained, and the database containing information about malicious files and software is also being constantly updated. To solve this issue, all you need to do is hit the Scan button. The scan may take several minutes, as it scans your entire PC for Adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs, PUMs, Unwanted Toolbars, Browser Hijackers, Crapware, Junkware and finally presents you with a list of malicious entries which need to be removed. You can select relevant items and click on Clean button to remove all these files. Adware cleaner is a perfect tool to fix the sysmenu.dll error if it was caused by adware in the first place.
3. Use CCleaner
You could also use CCleaner or any other reliable cleaning utility to clean up residual PC registry junk. CCleaner can automatically delete temporary and residual files from your computer and improve its performance. It can not only fix Sysmenu.dll error but also solve various other issues that your computer might have. CCleaner works by deleting both junk files and residual registry entries which are not being used. This helps in combating any missing file entries in start-up and thus resolving the issue.
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These were a few possible solutions to fix the missing sysmenu.dll error. They should help resolve the issue.