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Buffer overrun detected!

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#1 Magma1


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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:48 AM

I was advised in this topic ( http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic432564.html ) to come to this forum and post the problem.
To save clicking backwards and forwards I will repeat the issue here:
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 - 11:13 AM

Generally speaking, a buffer overflow is an anomaly and I have seen them occur when using very old programs whose files conflict with the operating system.

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library files can cause issues if you are using an old version. Sometimes downloading a more current version (here) and installing it will resolve errors related to C++ runtime files. Create a New Restore Point first in case you encounter a problem and have to revert.

I see you are using Firefox 3 which is outdated. You could also try uninstalling it and rebooting. Then download and install the most current version. Since this issue is occurring when using other programs that may not help but you should update old programs anyway unless there is a valid reason not to.
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