Warning box re. Audacity file upon booting computer

Version: Audacity 2.0.3.

Operating system:
Windows edition: Windows 7 Home Premium. Service Pack 1

Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard Company
Model: HPE-112Y
Rating: 4.1 Windows Experience Index (the limiting factor is graphics)
Processor: AMD Phenom™ II X4 925 Processor 2.80 Ghz
Installed memory (RAM): 8.00 GB
System type: 64-bit Operating System

My objective: Get rid of this problem.

The following sequence of events describe when the problem occurred; what I have done to handle
it; and how the problem has changed during that sequence, EXCEPT I do not know whether item 1 or
2 occurred first. Everything else is in exact time sequence.

  1. I upgraded from 2.0 to 2.0.3.

  2. 081313: Norton software found and quarantined a backdoor Trojan called idqbe32.dll.

  3. Since then, until item 7 below, I have gotten this warning box upon
    startup. Yes, the missing file has the same name as the backdoor Trojan

  4. A Norton chat and Windows updates of 081413 failed to correct the problem.

  5. Malwarebytes Antimalware found and corrected plenty on my computer, but not this problem.

  6. Working with Microsoft Community forums, MSCONFIG enabled me to narrow the problem down. I
    ultimately found that, while there was no file named “idqbe32.dll” on my computer, there was one
    and only one file with a similar name. It was called “idqbe32.2”, and it was the ONLY file in the
    Audacity folder (C:UsersaaaamiltAppDataLocalAudacity).

  7. 082713: I copied that file to another folder; changed its name to “idqbe32.dll”; and moved it
    back to Audacity folder. Since then the problem has persisted except that I get a different
    warning box -
    . Occasionally my computer does not finish
    booting at all, and I must turn it off and start in Safe Mode.

Did you get your Audacity from here?


It’s not unusual for people to try and spoof popular software downloads.


idqbe32.dll is NOT part of Audacity.

I’d recommend that you run a boot-time anti-virus scan of your entire computer before you do anything else. This should be a full depth scan, not just a quick scan. It will probably take several hours to complete.

If Norton says that your computer is clean, delete idqbe32.dll (or whatever you have named it) and empty the trash.
Then look in Windows Defender to see if it is listed in the start-up section. If it is, disable it and reboot.

Computer viruses can do a lot of damage, and even when the virus has been “killed” by an antivirus program. the damage done to the system remains and may require reinstalling the operating system to completely eradicate the problems.

  1. Please clarify the term “boot-time scan” I have run a deep scan on my computer, and it did come out clean.

  2. I never have used Windows Defender. Will it interfere with Norton or with “Malwarebytes”, both of which I have on my computer?

A “boot time scan” is one that runs on boot-up before Windows loads. Some viruses are able to hide when Windows is running, so detecting them requires scanning while Windows is not running - such as during the boot-up before Windows is loaded.