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BL00DY_R0AR

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My problem is that my PING isnt working. i type "ping" into command and I get this message:

C:\windows\system32\ping.com is not a valid win32 application.

Funny thing is, the system32 folder doesnt exist, just a SYSTEM folder.

Any idea? My OS is XP Home Edition.
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Did you go to start.....run..... and type in CMD to get to a command prompt?
Once there, "ping" will only bring up a list of commands.

What are you attempting to do?
I assume you have network/ connection issues?
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The fact it comes up as ping.com strongly suggests a virus or malware. My ultimate recommendation is to head to the Malware forum to get cleaned out.

Also out of curiousity, what happens in a cmd window if you type: ping.exe
Then hit enter.
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It's not that Im having network issues, its that Im reading up on how to do networking, and I need that command to test connections.

ping.exe works! So what's this ping.com all about? I have Bit Defender 2009, I figured it was a tight antivirus. Could it be a virus or something? Im searching for a file names Ping.com and nothing is coming up either.
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Well, it may be hidden and buried pretty deep. Thats why I would recommend heading over to the G2G Malware section and have a look at the guide to post a hijack log. You may want to have those guys clear it. I just have seen commands like cmd and ping show up as ping.com. This usually means malware. The fact that ping.exe works means there is nothing wrong with the ping program on your machine. But ping.com is definitely not good.
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Okay I'll go to the malware section then. Funny you mentioned cmd, cuz when I have command up, the header says:

C:\windows\system32\command.com

I think its a fake header. the system32 folder doesnt exist, just a folder that says SYSTEM.

Thank you very much for you time and help :) now im on my way to the malware section.
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Well the guys over there will get you fixed up! Any other questions regarding this issue, let me know.

:)
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I think its a fake header. the system32 folder doesnt exist, just a folder that says SYSTEM.

this is also a bad sign...it's unlikely that your system would be running without a system32 folder....something may have hidden it...follow the instructions to go to the malware forum
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