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Trouble Opening WMV File

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Abradaxis, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. Abradaxis

    Abradaxis Flightless Bird

    Running Win XP SP3. Have Corel's (Intervideo) WIN DVD 8 installed, and
    have this as my program of choice in the Folders entry in control panel as
    the program to always open WMV programs. When I point to a WMV program and
    pick play or open, I get a message "File xxx is not a valid Win32
    Program." and an abort. However, if I launch WinDVD 8, and have the
    program point to the file, it opens and plays it perfectly every time. Do
    I have an error in my system somewhere? Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. Bernd

    Bernd Flightless Bird

    -------- Original-Nachricht --------

    > Running Win XP SP3. Have Corel's (Intervideo) WIN DVD 8 installed, and
    > have this as my program of choice in the Folders entry in control panel
    > as the program to always open WMV programs. When I point to a WMV
    > program and pick play or open, I get a message "File xxx is not a valid
    > Win32 Program." and an abort. However, if I launch WinDVD 8, and have
    > the program point to the file, it opens and plays it perfectly every
    > time. Do I have an error in my system somewhere? Thanks in advance for
    > any help.


    Right click any WMV file and use "Open with ..." to set standard file
    association.

    Bernd
     
  3. Abradaxis

    Abradaxis Flightless Bird

    Tried it many times. It will try to open with WINDVD, but give the error
    "...not a valid win32 program." As I mentioned earlier, it will open if I
    launch WINDVD, have WINDVD point to it, and select play. The WMV file is
    associated with Intervideo WINDVD in the file types under the folder
    option in control panel. I have a problem somewhere.
    "Bernd" <fake@gmx.de> wrote in message
    news:e0to$9B3KHA.4016@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > -------- Original-Nachricht --------
    >
    >> Running Win XP SP3. Have Corel's (Intervideo) WIN DVD 8 installed, and
    >> have this as my program of choice in the Folders entry in control panel
    >> as the program to always open WMV programs. When I point to a WMV
    >> program and pick play or open, I get a message "File xxx is not a valid
    >> Win32 Program." and an abort. However, if I launch WinDVD 8, and have
    >> the program point to the file, it opens and plays it perfectly every
    >> time. Do I have an error in my system somewhere? Thanks in advance for
    >> any help.

    >
    > Right click any WMV file and use "Open with ..." to set standard file
    > association.
    >
    > Bernd
     
  4. John Inzer

    John Inzer Flightless Bird

    Abradaxis wrote:
    > Tried it many times. It will try to open with WINDVD, but give the
    > error "...not a valid win32 program." As I mentioned earlier, it will
    > open if I launch WINDVD, have WINDVD point to it, and select play.
    > The WMV file is associated with Intervideo WINDVD in the file types
    > under the folder option in control panel. I have a problem somewhere.

    ===========================
    Have you tried to open the .wmv files
    with Windows Media Player?

    --

    J. Inzer MS-MVP
    Digital Media Experience

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a hijackware
    infection!

    NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription had
    expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your subscription has
    since expired and/or the machine's not been kept fully-patched at Windows
    Update, don't waste your time with any of the below: Format & reinstall
    Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!

    Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in
    dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including unwanted
    software), and adware.
    https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&prid=7552&st=1

    Also available via the Consumer Security Support home page:
    https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com/

    Otherwise...

    1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

    NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
    MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
    machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.

    2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan (only!)
    in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm

    2b. Vista or Win7=> Run this scan instead:
    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm

    3. Now run a thorough check for hijackware, including posting requested logs
    in an appropriate forum, not here. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!

    Checking for/Help with Hijackware:
    .. http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    .. http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
    .. http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
    .. http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware

    **Chances are you will need to seek expert assistance in
    http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=10.0,
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5,
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup,
    http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php,
    http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30 or other appropriate forums.**

    If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
    this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
    independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.

    Abradaxis wrote:
    > Tried it many times. It will try to open with WINDVD, but give the error
    > "...not a valid win32 program." As I mentioned earlier, it will open if I
    > launch WINDVD, have WINDVD point to it, and select play. The WMV file is
    > associated with Intervideo WINDVD in the file types under the folder
    > option in control panel. I have a problem somewhere.
    >
    >> Right click any WMV file and use "Open with ..." to set standard file
    >> association.
    >>
    >>> Running Win XP SP3. Have Corel's (Intervideo) WIN DVD 8 installed, and
    >>> have this as my program of choice in the Folders entry in control panel
    >>> as the program to always open WMV programs. When I point to a WMV
    >>> program and pick play or open, I get a message "File xxx is not a valid
    >>> Win32 Program." and an abort. However, if I launch WinDVD 8, and have
    >>> the program point to the file, it opens and plays it perfectly every
    >>> time. Do I have an error in my system somewhere? Thanks in advance for
    >>> any help.
     
  6. Abradaxis

    Abradaxis Flightless Bird

    The file opens and plays with Windows Media Player.
    "John Inzer" <oobie@doobie.zyx> wrote in message
    news:%23PAkHCF3KHA.5084@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Abradaxis wrote:
    >> Tried it many times. It will try to open with WINDVD, but give the
    >> error "...not a valid win32 program." As I mentioned earlier, it will
    >> open if I launch WINDVD, have WINDVD point to it, and select play.
    >> The WMV file is associated with Intervideo WINDVD in the file types
    >> under the folder option in control panel. I have a problem somewhere.

    > ===========================
    > Have you tried to open the .wmv files
    > with Windows Media Player?
    >
    > --
    >
    > J. Inzer MS-MVP
    > Digital Media Experience
    >
    > Notice
    > This is not tech support
    > I am a volunteer
    >
    > Solutions that work for
    > me may not work for you
    >
    > Proceed at your own risk
    >
     
  7. Abradaxis

    Abradaxis Flightless Bird

    See replies interspersed with your comments. Thanks again for the help.
    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:%239RS2YG3KHA.348@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a
    > hijackware infection!
    >
    > NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription
    > had expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your
    > subscription has since expired and/or the machine's not been kept
    > fully-patched at Windows Update, don't waste your time with any of the
    > below: Format & reinstall Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!

    Have always maintained Norton at the latest level, without any lapse. I'm
    on auto update for all patches from Microsoft to Windows. This is a very
    localized problem I'm having, with one application only, and then in
    certain instances. It comes nowhere near the level of reinstalling
    Windows. I'm hoping for a more limited suggestion to fix the problem.

    >
    > Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in
    > dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including
    > unwanted software), and adware.
    > https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&prid=7552&st=1
    >
    > Also available via the Consumer Security Support home page:
    > https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com/
    >
    > Otherwise...

    I've used them before, and am not so independent that I would not use them
    again. But I think the problem is too limited for them to classify this as
    a malware problem. Also, they would almost definitely ask me to run
    Adaware first, and I've already done this with no errors reported, leading
    me to believe this is a system problem, not a malware problem. I'll try
    your next solution and let you know what I find out. Thanks for staying
    with me to find a solution,
    >
    > 1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
    >
    > NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
    > MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
    > machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.
    >
    > 2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan
    > (only!) in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
    > http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm
    >
    > 2b. Vista or Win7=> Run this scan instead:
    > http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm
    >
    > 3. Now run a thorough check for hijackware, including posting requested
    > logs in an appropriate forum, not here. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!
    >
    > Checking for/Help with Hijackware:
    > . http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    > . http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
    > . http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
    > . http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware
    >
    > **Chances are you will need to seek expert assistance in
    > http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=10.0,
    > http://www.spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5,
    > http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup,
    > http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php,
    > http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30 or other appropriate forums.**
    >
    > If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in
    > admitting this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local,
    > reputable and independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad)
    > computer repair shop.
    >
    > Abradaxis wrote:
    >> Tried it many times. It will try to open with WINDVD, but give the
    >> error
    >> "...not a valid win32 program." As I mentioned earlier, it will open if
    >> I
    >> launch WINDVD, have WINDVD point to it, and select play. The WMV file
    >> is
    >> associated with Intervideo WINDVD in the file types under the folder
    >> option in control panel. I have a problem somewhere.
    >>
    >>> Right click any WMV file and use "Open with ..." to set standard file
    >>> association.
    >>>
    >>>> Running Win XP SP3. Have Corel's (Intervideo) WIN DVD 8 installed,
    >>>> and
    >>>> have this as my program of choice in the Folders entry in control
    >>>> panel
    >>>> as the program to always open WMV programs. When I point to a WMV
    >>>> program and pick play or open, I get a message "File xxx is not a
    >>>> valid
    >>>> Win32 Program." and an abort. However, if I launch WinDVD 8, and have
    >>>> the program point to the file, it opens and plays it perfectly every
    >>>> time. Do I have an error in my system somewhere? Thanks in advance
    >>>> for
    >>>> any help.

    >
     
  8. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:ePtElrB3KHA.4028@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    Abradaxis <jsindler@career-objectives.com> typed:
    > Running Win XP SP3. Have Corel's (Intervideo) WIN DVD 8
    > installed, and have this as my program of choice in the
    > Folders entry in control panel as the program to always
    > open WMV programs. When I point to a WMV program and pick
    > play or open, I get a message "File xxx is not a valid
    > Win32 Program." and an abort. However, if I launch WinDVD
    > 8, and have the program point to the file, it opens and
    > plays it perfectly every time. Do I have an error in my
    > system somewhere? Thanks in advance for any help.


    Is this something new because you just installed that program?
    Or was it working and then stopped working all of a sudden?

    If it's a new install it could be anything from corruption
    (try a reinstall) to a codec being corrupted or missing that
    it needs. I wouldn't expect that error message in this case,
    but error messages are famous for not describing things
    properly.

    What program gives you the error message and won't play the
    WMVs? All you talked about is winDVD8.

    Or are you saying that by using winDVD8 to open a program it
    works but if you click on the wmv it won't work?
    If that's the case, then I'd check the File Association
    entries to see that the actions in it are correct. Make sure
    it says to "play", etc. etc..

    That's a strange error message but if it'll play in other
    ways, it's obviously a misleading message; not unusual.

    Please include versions and all program names if there is more
    than winDVD8 here.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  9. Abradaxis

    Abradaxis Flightless Bird

    See responses after your questions. And thanks for the help.
    "Twayne" <nobody@spamcop.net> wrote in message
    news:-OOuwaMO3KHA.5212@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > In news:ePtElrB3KHA.4028@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    > Abradaxis <jsindler@career-objectives.com> typed:
    >> Running Win XP SP3. Have Corel's (Intervideo) WIN DVD 8
    >> installed, and have this as my program of choice in the
    >> Folders entry in control panel as the program to always
    >> open WMV programs. When I point to a WMV program and pick
    >> play or open, I get a message "File xxx is not a valid
    >> Win32 Program." and an abort. However, if I launch WinDVD
    >> 8, and have the program point to the file, it opens and
    >> plays it perfectly every time. Do I have an error in my
    >> system somewhere? Thanks in advance for any help.

    >
    > Is this something new because you just installed that program?

    Yes. I just installed the program and just started getting the error
    message.
    > Or was it working and then stopped working all of a sudden?
    >
    > If it's a new install it could be anything from corruption (try a
    > reinstall) to a codec being corrupted or missing that it needs. I
    > wouldn't expect that error message in this case, but error messages are
    > famous for not describing things properly.

    I certainly will try a reinstall.
    >
    > What program gives you the error message and won't play the WMVs? All
    > you talked about is winDVD8.

    I am talking about an older program (older because the publisher keeps on
    updating it with more and more mostly useless add-ons. It used to be
    WINDVD by Intervideo. I had version 5 for playing videos, and it worked
    fine, but not in high-def. So I upgraded to Version 8 (they're now on
    version 10 or 11). It's now ownded by Corel. But the basic nature of the
    program is just to play videos (commercial), or WMV files.
    >
    > Or are you saying that by using winDVD8 to open a program it works but
    > if you click on the wmv it won't work?
    > If that's the case, then I'd check the File Association entries to see
    > that the actions in it are correct. Make sure it says to "play", etc.
    > etc..

    The file associations are fine. WMV files are associated with and to be
    opened by Intervideo WINDVD Version 8 files. If I have a AWMV file on my
    desktop (let us say), and I point to it and say open with AWINDVD or Play,
    it gives me the error message not a valid win32 file. But if I launch
    WINDVD, use the program to point to my desktop and the WMV file I want to
    play, it opens the file and plays it fine. Which is why I don't think I
    have a malware issue. I hope I made myself clear.
    >
    > That's a strange error message but if it'll play in other ways, it's
    > obviously a misleading message; not unusual.

    It absolutely will play using the program to launch the file, not by
    clicking on it, even though WMV files are meand to be opened by just this
    program.
    >
    > Please include versions and all program names if there is more than
    > winDVD8 here.

    It is called Intervideo WINDVD 8, and distributed by Corel.
    Again, thanks for the help. It is now just a bother, but it bugs me that
    it does not work correctly. Your suggestions much appreciated.
    >
    > HTH,
    >
    > Twayne`
    >
    >
     
  10. Abradaxis

    Abradaxis Flightless Bird

    Okay, ran MSRT as instructed. No errors or any kind. Then ran Windows Live
    Safety Center's Protection scan in Safe Mode with networking. Again,
    absolutely no errors. I value your opinion (I've gotten a lot of good
    advice from you!) , but do you really think that I should proceed with
    checking for hijackware, as you suggested in step 3 is warranted, or are
    there less drastic steps I could try first. I'm not intimidated by the
    process, it just seems misplaced in this instance. Your help much
    appreciated.
    "Abradaxis" <jsindler@career-objectives.com> wrote in message
    news:e5sp0$L3KHA.4540@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > See replies interspersed with your comments. Thanks again for the help.
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:%239RS2YG3KHA.348@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a
    >> hijackware infection!
    >>
    >> NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription
    >> had expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your
    >> subscription has since expired and/or the machine's not been kept
    >> fully-patched at Windows Update, don't waste your time with any of the
    >> below: Format & reinstall Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!

    > Have always maintained Norton at the latest level, without any lapse.
    > I'm on auto update for all patches from Microsoft to Windows. This is a
    > very localized problem I'm having, with one application only, and then
    > in certain instances. It comes nowhere near the level of reinstalling
    > Windows. I'm hoping for a more limited suggestion to fix the problem.
    >
    >>
    >> Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in
    >> dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including
    >> unwanted software), and adware.
    >> https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&prid=7552&st=1
    >>
    >> Also available via the Consumer Security Support home page:
    >> https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com/
    >>
    >> Otherwise...

    > I've used them before, and am not so independent that I would not use
    > them again. But I think the problem is too limited for them to classify
    > this as a malware problem. Also, they would almost definitely ask me to
    > run Adaware first, and I've already done this with no errors reported,
    > leading me to believe this is a system problem, not a malware problem.
    > I'll try your next solution and let you know what I find out. Thanks for
    > staying with me to find a solution,
    >>
    >> 1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
    >>
    >> NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download
    >> the MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the
    >> infected machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.
    >>
    >> 2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan
    >> (only!) in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
    >> http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm
    >>
    >> 2b. Vista or Win7=> Run this scan instead:
    >> http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm
    >>
    >> 3. Now run a thorough check for hijackware, including posting requested
    >> logs in an appropriate forum, not here. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!
    >>
    >> Checking for/Help with Hijackware:
    >> . http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    >> . http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
    >> . http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
    >> . http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware
    >>
    >> **Chances are you will need to seek expert assistance in
    >> http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=10.0,
    >> http://www.spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5,
    >> http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup,
    >> http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php,
    >> http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30 or other appropriate forums.**
    >>
    >> If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in
    >> admitting this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local,
    >> reputable and independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad)
    >> computer repair shop.
    >>
    >> Abradaxis wrote:
    >>> Tried it many times. It will try to open with WINDVD, but give the
    >>> error
    >>> "...not a valid win32 program." As I mentioned earlier, it will open
    >>> if I
    >>> launch WINDVD, have WINDVD point to it, and select play. The WMV file
    >>> is
    >>> associated with Intervideo WINDVD in the file types under the folder
    >>> option in control panel. I have a problem somewhere.
    >>>
    >>>> Right click any WMV file and use "Open with ..." to set standard file
    >>>> association.
    >>>>
    >>>>> Running Win XP SP3. Have Corel's (Intervideo) WIN DVD 8 installed,
    >>>>> and
    >>>>> have this as my program of choice in the Folders entry in control
    >>>>> panel
    >>>>> as the program to always open WMV programs. When I point to a WMV
    >>>>> program and pick play or open, I get a message "File xxx is not a
    >>>>> valid
    >>>>> Win32 Program." and an abort. However, if I launch WinDVD 8, and
    >>>>> have
    >>>>> the program point to the file, it opens and plays it perfectly every
    >>>>> time. Do I have an error in my system somewhere? Thanks in advance
    >>>>> for
    >>>>> any help.

    >>

    >
     
  11. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    There's a very good reason my instructions for #3 said "DO NOT SKIP THIS
    STEP!!"

    Abradaxis wrote:
    > Okay, ran MSRT as instructed. No errors or any kind. Then ran Windows Live
    > Safety Center's Protection scan in Safe Mode with networking. Again,
    > absolutely no errors. I value your opinion (I've gotten a lot of good
    > advice from you!) , but do you really think that I should proceed with
    > checking for hijackware, as you suggested in step 3 is warranted, or are
    > there less drastic steps I could try first. I'm not intimidated by the
    > process, it just seems misplaced in this instance. Your help much
    > appreciated.
    > "Abradaxis" <jsindler@career-objectives.com> wrote in message
    > news:e5sp0$L3KHA.4540@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> See replies interspersed with your comments. Thanks again for the help.
    >> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%239RS2YG3KHA.348@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a
    >>> hijackware infection!
    >>>
    >>> NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription
    >>> had expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your
    >>> subscription has since expired and/or the machine's not been kept
    >>> fully-patched at Windows Update, don't waste your time with any of the
    >>> below: Format & reinstall Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!

    >> Have always maintained Norton at the latest level, without any lapse.
    >> I'm on auto update for all patches from Microsoft to Windows. This is a
    >> very localized problem I'm having, with one application only, and then
    >> in certain instances. It comes nowhere near the level of reinstalling
    >> Windows. I'm hoping for a more limited suggestion to fix the problem.
    >>
    >>>
    >>> Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in
    >>> dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including
    >>> unwanted software), and adware.
    >>> https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&prid=7552&st=1
    >>>
    >>> Also available via the Consumer Security Support home page:
    >>> https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com/
    >>>
    >>> Otherwise...

    >> I've used them before, and am not so independent that I would not use
    >> them again. But I think the problem is too limited for them to classify
    >> this as a malware problem. Also, they would almost definitely ask me to
    >> run Adaware first, and I've already done this with no errors reported,
    >> leading me to believe this is a system problem, not a malware problem.
    >> I'll try your next solution and let you know what I find out. Thanks for
    >> staying with me to find a solution,
    >>>
    >>> 1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
    >>> http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
    >>>
    >>> NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download
    >>> the MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the
    >>> infected machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.
    >>>
    >>> 2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan
    >>> (only!) in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
    >>> http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm
    >>>
    >>> 2b. Vista or Win7=> Run this scan instead:
    >>> http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm
    >>>
    >>> 3. Now run a thorough check for hijackware, including posting requested
    >>> logs in an appropriate forum, not here. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!
    >>>
    >>> Checking for/Help with Hijackware:
    >>> . http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    >>> . http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
    >>> . http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
    >>> . http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware
    >>>
    >>> **Chances are you will need to seek expert assistance in
    >>> http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=10.0,
    >>> http://www.spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5,
    >>> http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup,
    >>> http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php,
    >>> http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30 or other appropriate forums.**
    >>>
    >>> If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in
    >>> admitting this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local,
    >>> reputable and independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad)
    >>> computer repair shop.
    >>>
    >>> Abradaxis wrote:
    >>>> Tried it many times. It will try to open with WINDVD, but give the
    >>>> error
    >>>> "...not a valid win32 program." As I mentioned earlier, it will open
    >>>> if I
    >>>> launch WINDVD, have WINDVD point to it, and select play. The WMV file
    >>>> is
    >>>> associated with Intervideo WINDVD in the file types under the folder
    >>>> option in control panel. I have a problem somewhere.
    >>>>
    >>>>> Right click any WMV file and use "Open with ..." to set standard file
    >>>>> association.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> Running Win XP SP3. Have Corel's (Intervideo) WIN DVD 8 installed,
    >>>>>> and
    >>>>>> have this as my program of choice in the Folders entry in control
    >>>>>> panel
    >>>>>> as the program to always open WMV programs. When I point to a WMV
    >>>>>> program and pick play or open, I get a message "File xxx is not a
    >>>>>> valid
    >>>>>> Win32 Program." and an abort. However, if I launch WinDVD 8, and
    >>>>>> have
    >>>>>> the program point to the file, it opens and plays it perfectly every
    >>>>>> time. Do I have an error in my system somewhere? Thanks in advance
    >>>>>> for
    >>>>>> any help.
     

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