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Bad Image Error Message when launching Skype

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#1 Irish_Lad_86


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Posted 17 April 2010 - 02:54 PM

Hello all,

I've recently downloaded Skype and am encountering an error message when I try to launch it.

The error message is as follows:

Skype.exe - Bad Image

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

Does anyone know what this means and how I could fix it? I'm quite clueless when it comes to computers so any help would be appreciated. I use Windows XP Home Edition if that makes any difference.

Many thanks in advance,


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 17 April 2010 - 04:33 PM


FWIW: Bad image errors are often interpreted as malware presence.

I would try uninstalling Skype and see if the error remains.

I'd also do some serious malware scans and check the location of the shfolder.dll and the size. Start/Search...type shfolder.dll as the search string...select advanced search options to include system/hidden files...take a look at the location and size.

This system I'm on reflects two, C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\System32\dllcache are my locations, with each file being 25KB.


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Posted 17 April 2010 - 05:35 PM

Are you using a non-updated version of Windows XP or IE6?

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