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Bad Image - Bubefane.dll

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#1 Linken91


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Posted 23 April 2009 - 06:50 PM

I have this really annoying issue. When ever i open something, anything a Bad image error comes up saying.....

The application or DLL C:\WINDOWS\system32\bubefane.dll is not a valid Windows image. Please check against your installation diskette. :thumbsup:

I have checked this forum..........


But has not fixed the issue. Everything said in that forum, including Malwarebytes & SUPERAntiSpyware, didn't fix the issue. :flowers:

I know that bubefane.dll is a virus. A bad file. But something is looking for it when ever i open something.

I have Windows XP Pro SP3 32bit

Any help fixing this annoying issue would help.

(Another error that can be fixed later is that dxdiag.exe says that i have version 9 or Direct X, but the Nvidia control panel says Direct X version 10. I have XP! o_O)

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 23 April 2009 - 07:41 PM

The question is...does the file in question exist on your system? You did a search of the system (using the XP Search function) , as well as a scan (using your AV program)

If not...then there is a startup entry that needs to be deleted and that should end your queries.


#3 Linken91

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 08:12 PM

I did search for it. It is not in "C:\WINDOWS\system32\bubefane.dll" were it is asking, my AV did not find anything to get rid of the message, and my startup options are the same.

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:04 PM

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.36) and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
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If you have a previous version of MBAM, remove it via Add/Remove Programs and download a fresh copy.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.
  • Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install. Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer, copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from that system to a usb stick or CD and then copy it to the infected machine.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware. MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.


No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

#5 Linken91

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 03:51 PM

Lol. I was just about to do as DaChew says when i got this idea. I simply relooked for the file in system32 but was unsuccessful even with hidden files. So i coped a dll file called WoW.dll (Windows on Windows) and renamed it bubefane.dll. So knowing that bubefane.dll is a virus i took a good dll to replace it. When i pasted it in system32 windows asked me if i would like to replace "bubefane.dll 0kb with bubefane.dll 86kb?" So i did and it worked. No annoying message comes up. I will still do as DaChew said but i just wanted to get that annoying message away.

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