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***.exe is not a valid win32 application


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I started in tha malware forum and was sent here as the think it isnt malware but related to windows as there isnt much in the logs,

http://www.geekstogo...on-t238348.html

that is the topic i started in.


you cant open any of the applications normally however if you right click on them and click on 'run as' then take of the tick box which says 'protect my computer from unautherized program activity' and then click ok the program will open up fine.

since i have deleted the antivirus's of the computer, the message has since changed, now an 'open with' window comes up and asks you to select the program to open the .exe file with

Please Help

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Run EXE File Association Fix : http://www.dougknox..../file_assoc.htm
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sorry didnt work

they still do the same thing:(
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How exactly did you run the fix?
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i downloaded it on my computer, transfered it by USB to the problem computer, extracted it, double clicked it, it asked whether i wanted to add the info to the registry, i clicked yes, and it said it was successfully entered into the registry,

nothing changed
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Oh, did you restart computer?

Edited by Broni, 16 May 2009 - 06:21 PM.

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oops no i didnt :) , however it didnt make a difference it still wont work :)
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create another user account...give it admin rights...does the same issue happen after rebooting to the new user account...

Edited by happyrock, 16 May 2009 - 06:55 PM.

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Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista), type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK (hold CTRL, and SHIFT, hit Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) will find any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc won't find any errors in Windows XP, it'll simply quit, without any message.
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it asks me to choose the program i want to use to open the file, 'sfc.exe'

what do i do now, and it is XP for future reference
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happyrock,

cant open user accounts in normal mode, trying in safe mode, it cant find the rundll.exe file


Edit: managed to create one in safe mode, testing now

Edited by shodwb, 16 May 2009 - 07:03 PM.

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created the new account, 'test', there are no errors there at all, everything opens fine

can also run the sfc /scannow, and it says that files that are required for windows need to be copied to the dll cache, ill try and find my copy of xp.....not much luck for that as this is not ym laptop, and i dont think i have any copies of xp....

Edited by shodwb, 16 May 2009 - 07:07 PM.

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getting a copy of the XP install disk tommorow, will post back then if it fixes or if it doesnt fix the issue,
cheers for your help
you guys are the best:D

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Good job :)
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we know now its your user account that's hosed...not windows...the quick and clean way to fix this is to create a new user account...copy your data from the old account to it and delete the old account/s...
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