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Not a valid win 32 program... with a catch?

By Dragonxr
Dec 18, 2007
  1. hi all im having a verry tuff time trying to fix the current problem that i am facing... so i turn to you....

    the problem is the " *.exe is not a valid win32 program"

    the weird thing is that i can run any program after i have terminated explorer .exe in the taskmanager....

    but heres the catch.... if DOS is opend to run or execute any bat-file or just running a program like combofix it will say "access denied"

    ive tried multiple things to attempt to fix this problem with no success as of yet..

    i have replaced explorer.exe, cmd.exe and command.com
    ive tried using house call but it stalls about 20 min into the process..

    --dragon
     
  2. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    Run a HijackThis scan and attach the log.
     
  3. Dragonxr

    Dragonxr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hijackthis log attached..

    ive also changed the name of the hijackthis.exe to prevent programs picking up the scan
     
  4. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    There is nothing in the HJT log.

    What is the entire error message?
     
  5. Dragonxr

    Dragonxr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok there are multiple messages but 1 symptom...

    for any .exe i get the message c:\PRGRAMNAME.exe is not a valid win 32 application. the same thing apples for any .com based programs.

    if the program has a sortcut like outlook 2007 (office) it will say
    (null) is not a valid win32 application

    if i get cmd.exe or command.com running while explorer is not running i cannnot execute any .exe or .com based program through dos

    most programs will work if i run programs through the taskmanager while explorer.exe is not running?



    any ideas?
     
  6. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

  7. Dragonxr

    Dragonxr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    did the trick cheers

    the SFC would not run but the EXE File Association fix worked

    Cheers
     
  8. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    Glad it worked.

    That is a handy page to have bookmarked.

    Safe surfing......
     
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