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Buffer overrun detected!


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#1 Magma1

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 07:49 AM

Suddenly, I am getting this message all the time. No matter what program I am using it comes up and when I click ok the program closes - it happens with Firefox, Notepad and even Windows Explorer:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Buffer overrun detected!

Program: C:\Program Files\Firefox 3\firefox.exe

A buffer overrun has been detected which has corrupted the program's internal state. The program cannot safely continue execution and must now be terminated.

I've searched for answers via Google but there doesn't seem to be anything recent on it. And no answers come up on a forum search here. Have I suddenly got a faulty OS, or a bug of some kind?

One or two old discussions, from 2008/09 seem to indicate a virus but none of the solutions appear to be relevant.

Help appreciated.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:41 AM

Buffer overruns are fairly common, IME...and they can indicate a number of things, IMO.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffer_overflow

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms717795(v=vs.85).aspx

I get buffer overruns warnings occasionally...when I visit certain webpages...and I ignore those as indicative of either an effort to exploit my system (which failed) or bad webpage coding. I'm not necessarily correct...but I've never had a problem after I left that particular webpage.

The fact that buffer overruns are a system vulnerability...would alarm me if I routinely/consistently received such warnings. In that case, I think that I would take steps to try to ensure that I am not infected...and iniitiate a topic in the Am I infected What do I do - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum103.html forum.

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