"lsdelete program not found – skipping AUTOCHECK." What Is This?

This was on a computer system that I repaired yesterday, which at startup using Microsoft Windows XP, presented the following message:

“lsdelete program not found – skipping AUTOCHECK”.

So I did a Google and found this:

Uninstall ADAWARE 2007 from add/remove programs

Manually remove LAVASOFT folder in Program files



Search for LAVASOFT and manually delete any LAVASOFT entries

Click on EDIT and then FIND

Type in BOOTEXECUTE and then search and open the entry

Manually edit the entry and remove the information for LSDELETE

Do NOT change any other AUTOCHECK information

RESTART computer and all will be back to normal

I followed the above instruction and the error was gone. The owner said that in his opinion the system seemed to boot faster after this was removed. It could just be the ‘secret magic’ I used to clean up the junk. :-)

Hope this helps someone.

PLEASE NOTE: This procedure requires modifying the Windows Registry. Be Careful!

Comments welcome.

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  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/theoracle/ the oracle

    I was on the beta team for that product. I had seen that problem, but was told it was no longer causing trouble.

    I was involved through almost all the beta cycle and found the program not that helpful, so I don’t use it. Others may take that for what it’s worth. I also did not participate after being asked for the new version (in progress now, 2008) after sending a letter about certain things which were not addressed in the last version.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Marc,
    Thanks for the input.
    Regards, Ron

  • Sed

    Hi I’ve done this on windows xp home, I removed the lsdelete autocheck in the bootexe, and this didn’t work. I was told to remove the lavasoft folder manually, which I did and I still get this message at start up.

    Can anyone Help?

  • http://n/a Jaime

    Thanks for the info Ron. This did the trick.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello Jaime,
    I am glad it worked for you.

  • http://www.patricedrago.com Patrice

    I can’t even get to that point – How do I get back into my computer? When it tells me “autocheck program not found…skipping autocheck” – it turns off and starts to reboot over again – it just keeps in this endless cycle and I can’t get to a point where I can enter any commands. Is there a trick to stopping this cycle?

  • Ken Kun

    After fighting to get rid of that I found you page and low and behold that did the trick. Very easy to understand how you put the *fix* . Thanks bunches

  • Merino

    I did all that but after removing ls delete I had a new error –
    systemroot\windows\system32\autochk.exe program not found.

    autochk.exe is there and in fact I applied XP SP3 and hoped that would fix the problem. It did update autochk.exe to this year’s model, but that is all.

    I tried to reinstall Adaware 2007 to at least get rid of the error, but when the program was almost fully installed I got the following error
    Error 1316
    A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Wise Installation Wizard\ WISDED53B0BB67C4244AE6AD6FD3C28D1EF_7_0_2_1.MSI

    So I seem to be stuck.

    Error 1316 is on my husband’s computer and we both now have the other one as I had already removed the LS delete key from the registry.

    Any ideas will be most appreciated.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Try CCleaner to clean the registry and see what happens.

  • Merino

    I’ve fixed the registry key with the aid of someone who knows what he is doing.
    He sent me a copy of his key and I just had to merge it into my registry. So that error has gone.
    It was my fault Ron, I took out the whole key – not just the ls delete bit. Sorry about that. And thank you for the advice.

    But we still have error 1316
    Error 1316
    A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Wise Installation Wizard\ WISDED53B0BB67C4244AE6AD6FD3C28D1EF_7_0_2_1.MSI

    But on the other hand as I was trying to install Adaware 2007 in the hope of removing the boot error message, maybe I should leave well enough alone.

    Many thanks for your help.

  • bairagi

    for the past so many months i am facing the ls delete program not found….. but i don’t know how to deal with the problem because i am an computer illiterate excepting to get mail and or post mail and surf some required information thru net. Now i found your website and happy to inform you that i resolved the ls delete problem on my own basing the guidance.Really many many many many thanks

  • XPite

    Ron Schenone, thank you so much for posting up instructions on how to remove ‘lsdelete program not found’. I followed your instructions carefully, rebooted my pc, and the message has gone at last. I’ve been trying to get rid of it for months!

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    I’m glad to have helped.

  • Neuvil

    Thx a million!

    It worked like a charm.

  • Mike

    Thanks for this.
    It worked like a champ.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    You are most welcome.

  • debrogney

    use the program on this link, must be contender for freeware of the year!


    easy interface, no registry editing, the biz!

  • George W. Bush

    Thank you

  • Renee

    2 things…
    1) If you do not find the lsdelete entry in the BootExecute data, be sure to check for a carriage return or blank/extra line after the autocheck autochk * line. Just backspace up to the *
    2) PATRICE – you have more than just a missing “lsdelete” issue. Your PC is restarting because you are getting a blue screen error that flashes only for a second and then restarts your computer. I’m not sure how tech savvy you are but in order to see that error and stop the reboot cycle you need to go into your BIOS settings at initial start up and change the entry that tells the system to restart at errors. My guess is that you have either a missing or corrupt registry/ boot or system file on you hands. Or it could be a hardware failure, although you will not be able to find out until you can read that error code that is preventing Windows from starting and causing your system to restart. I hope that helps you, Patrice, but considering it’s been almost a year since you posted you have probable already fixed the prob or scrapped the PC. Hope this may help anyone else stumbling across this blog/article.