Processes that end with *32 are 32-bit application running under WOW
on a 64-bit OS.
Microsoft created a new folder named SysWOW64
for storing 32-bit .dll files. WOW64
equates to "Windows on 64-bit Windows". This folder contains all the 32-bit .dll files required for compatibility which run on top of the 64-bit version of Windows. WOW64 is the x86 emulator
that allows 32-bit Windows-based applications to run on 64-bit Windows but x86 applications are re-directed to the x86 \syswow64 when seeking the x64 \system32.
For a more detailed explanation, please refer to:
Some malware infections will alter file associations and registry keys corresponding to them so programs will not work properly. In order to get them working again this modification needs to be repaired. This is a small tool that restores the default exe association.
Please download ExeFix.scr
by Farbar for Windows XP
and save it to a USB flash drive or to the root of the system drive (usually C:).
- Important! Boot your computer into the user account that is having trouble running exe files.
- Double-click on ExeFix.scr to run it.
- The tool notifies you within a fraction of a second to reboot the computer, please do so.
: If the tool did not run try changing the file extension
Also note that in order for the fix to work, you need to be booted to the user account that is having trouble running exe files.
After that you should be able to run your programs.
If not, please see this self-help guide
and follow the instructions exactly as written for using FixNCR.reg, RKill and then an immediate scan by Malwarebytes.