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"Error loading C\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\bridge.dll"

After running an anti-virus or anti-spyware program, you may receive the following error at startup. Bridge.dll is a adware program which adds an entry in the registry RUN key and Windows runs the application at every startup. As the file bridge.dll has been removed by your anti-virus / anti-spyware program, and the startup entry is not removed, this error is seen. In short, this means that Windows is trying to run a startup program which no longer exists.

You just need to remove the startup entry to eliminate this error message. Open Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) and follow these steps:

Navigate to the following registry key:


In the right-pane, look for the entry named [RunDLL] and double-click it to ensure that the value reads Bridge.dll

Now, delete the RunDLL entry in the right pane. For an efficient way to manage your startup entries, see this page.