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Outlook/Notes: The System Cannot Find the File Specified

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I use the Outlook Connector for IBM Lotus Notes/Domino at work because I’ve come to find Outlook much more usable than Notes. Unfortunately, for the past few months I’ve been getting an error when I start outlook: The system cannot find the file specified error. I figured it was due to a botched Japanese language install and ignored it until I got my laptop reloaded on Monday and it started doing the same thing. After a quick Google, I found somebody with a similar problem.


McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i has a Lotus Notes email scanning component that needs to run before any Notes-based program is launched. This component does not exist in the BlackBerry installation folder.


Copy the NCDaemon.exe file into the BlackBerry installation folder

It figures…McAfee is the culprit. I cannot tell you how much I despise recent versions of McAfee. While I understand the direction they are attacking and the market they are targeting, McAfee is a bane to those who understand the risks of the Internet. Due to the recent uprise of malware, McAfee is attempting to address these issues by identifying any piece of “troubling” software on your system. Unfortunately, for a security professional like myself who maintains a large library of malware, “hacking tools”, and other “unwanted programs” (McAfee terminology), deleting these files is not desirable functionality. Of course, these features can all be disabled…unless you happen to be under the power of McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator. Of course, you can be given a special policy to address some of these issues…unless your laptop does not like to apply that policy. It’s so frustrating.

To get back to the point, I managed to solve my outlook problem by copying NCDaemon.exe to my

C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033

directory. Why there, and not the Outlook installation directory? For whatever reason, that directory is the “Current Directory” that Outlook runs from.