"Bad image" dialog box error for multiple EXEs >>

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By tym
Nov 29, 2010
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  1. tym

    tym Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    It's similar to what another user described in another thread. In essence, when browsing the web, I notice that occasionally, the machine will become unresponsive for a few seconds at a time. I can move the mouse, but a click is not registered until the "pause" passes. When playing video (YouTube, for example), the playback will stop and then resume during this pause. I cannot recall immediately if audio stops too. In essence, the machine seems "sluggish" for those times. When running a stress test program for my video card (to check temps), I noticed that the temps would drop for a few seconds and then increase again, as if the program was not taxing the system for those few seconds, much like the "pauses" noticed.

    I'm not sure if this is truly malware or just a result of improper resource management. I've never found any virus/malware in my scans beyond what you helped me fix.


    Thanks for all the help so far! As for the quarantined programs, can they be cleaned or should I nuke them (no big loss if they're gone forever).
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,226   +243

    You can nuke them.

    Does the problem happen in Firefox?

    If so, try this....

    Close Firefox. Go Start>All Programs>Mozilla Firefox, click on Mozilla Firefox (safe mode). Same issue?
  3. tym

    tym Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Bad files nuked.

    As for the "pausing" issue, I notice it to a lesser extend when washing Flash video in FF (safe mode). With FF in normal mode, the issue is worse, but resolves with a restart of FF. I notice the issue also occurs when viewing Flash video in Chrome. I wonder if it's related to all the overhead from Flash.

    I currently have the up-to-date version of Flash (verified with Secunia PSI).
  4. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,226   +243

    Have you installed SP3 yet?
  5. tym

    tym Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Not yet. I've been getting everything else ship-shape. I need the computer for work and an upcoming professional exam and so don't want to risk the same issues I had before with inoperative networking.

    What I can do is back up the system drive first and then try applying SP3. That way, I can roll back easily if there are problems.
  6. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,226   +243

    Please do so, install SP3 and we'll go from there.
  7. tym

    tym Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    SP3 installed and wireless connective issues returned, as dreaded.

    Windows "View Wireless Networks" shows no available connections. Machine will only connect upon initial startup or after stopping and restarting the Wireless Zero Configuration service. Power cycling the adapter or running NetworkStumbler breaks the connection. Windows repair utility fails to fix the connection.

    Prepped to return to SP2 if this issue cannot be resolved.

    EDIT: Wireless issue resolved by disabling some vendor-provided services.
  8. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,226   +243

    OK, so we don't have internet connection issue anymore, correct?

    As for the Flash issue.....

    In this forum, we make sure, your computer is free of malware and your computer is clean :)
    Because the access to malware forum is very limited, your best option is to create new topic about your current issue, at Windows section.
    You'll get more attention.

    Good luck and stay safe :)
  9. tym

    tym Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    ^ Thank you very much for your help! I will monitor the Flash issue a bit more and post in the Windows section if it persists.

    :)
  10. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,226   +243

  11. tym

    tym Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Now I am recieving some additional errors

    From the Event Viewer log

    The COM+ Event System detected a bad return code during its internal processing. HRESULT was 80029C4A from line 4068 of d:\comxp_sp3\com\com1x\src\events\tier1\agent.cpp. Please contact Microsoft Product Support Services to report this error.

    The COM+ Event System detected a bad return code during its internal processing. HRESULT was 80070005 from line 44 of d:\comxp_sp3\com\com1x\src\events\tier1\eventsystemobj.cpp. Please contact Microsoft Product Support Services to report this error.

    Plus a number of these

    Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error GetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPointW( \\?\Volume{7872a072-3aa5-11dd-8138-0020e0cc5a86}\, ...). hr = 0x80070003.

    I had an issue with Explore.exe crashing, some services giving a "memory could not be 'written'" error, and finally a "mmc.exe failed to initialize" error that prompted me to reboot. No "Bad Image" errors noted.

    Want to rule out that this is viral before pursuing another path (possibly a DLL permissions error). Last Avira scan was clean, and ESET is currently running.

    Thanks!
  12. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,226   +243

    If your computer is working fine, there is no reason to look at Event Viewer.
    Every computer will have some errors listed there, even mine.
  13. tym

    tym Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    I checked because I was having some errors similar to those in my very first post in this thread. No "bad image" error, but the "memory can not be 'written'" error. ESET finds nothing, so my thought is that it's not virus-related.

    SP3 continues to hum away without incident, FYI. :)
     
  14. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,226   +243

    Your computer is definitely clean, so it must be something else.
    You may try to start new topic in Windows forum.
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