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Old 04-17-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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Since last week I've been seeing this error message when my computer boots up.

Example of an error message:

Bad Image

The application or DLL filename is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette.
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I get several of these messages as my computer is booting up and when I check my e-mail. Does anyone know what this is? I've ran three virus scans since this started and check disk for errors.
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:30 PM
 
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First thing I'd is run Malwarebytes and see if it clears up.

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.36 - FileHippo.com
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland Area W Suburbs
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My suggesstions - type the error message into the search box for your browser. It will give you several sites that can tell you how to fix this error. I could tell you, but this is the quickest and clearer directions. Hope this works.! Make sure you type in, exactly what the error message reads.
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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I found other forums with people talking about this and tried some suggestions I found and they didn't work. Some say it's some type of malware but I've ran virus/spyware scans. I have Trendmicro antivirus.
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Old 04-17-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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Run a scan with something other than TrendMicro, start with Malwarebytes.org
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:47 AM
 
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I have found some others talking about this. Some say it's malware and others say it's a corrupted file. But I haven't seen any info on how to fix it if it is a corrupted file. I recently got some Windows updates from Microsoft but that didn't help. Does anyone have any experiance fixing corrupted files?
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:45 PM
 
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You receive a DLL error on boot up.
But the computer does boot to desktop.
You performed a virus-scan.
And no, Window's Update will not repair a corrupted file.

You have not stated if you've run malwarebytes yet. Install, update and scan your computer. Virus scan and malware scan are two different beasts. Just do it.

The corrupted DLL file can be fixed a few different ways.

If you have the XP CD, boot your computer with the disk in the drive. Go through the motions and you should come to a few prompts, one being to fix the current installation of Windows. I forget the exact terminology but it's there. If it's a Dell, the CDs which come with Dells should have a similar recovery/repair tool.

Another way is to jot down the name of the DLL file during bootup. Do a search on the Internet to find a replacement file. Save that file to c:\windows\system32. If you are not prompted to save over the old file, do a search of your pc and find the files location then save the new file there.
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:37 AM
 
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I haven't tried malewarebytes yet. I want to try various other things before I purchase a new spyware program.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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Dude, Malwarebytes is free. You should make at least a minimal effort to research those products recommended before making assumptions about them.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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I downloaded the free version of malewarebytes from their site to check it out but before I could run a scan I had to purchase it. Plus I've read where some others talking about this problem said that malewarebytes didn't help with their problem.
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