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"not a WIN32 application"


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#1 Proxy3

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Posted 04 January 2005 - 11:33 PM

running spybot frequently but when looking at programs in "my computer" and the "windows" and "system" folders there are many icons or items that when i click on them to open i get a message "so and so is not a WIN32 application" or "is not a valid WIN32 application". are these spyware that Spybot is missing and i can safely delete? or should i leave them? running Windows 98. thanks

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 01:32 AM

What are some example file names?

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 01:02 AM

some examples: q.exe x.exe
p.exe y.exe
ntldr.exe Q250204.exe
npwmsdrm.dll Q330994.exe
npdsplay.dll
C:\Programfiles\InternetExplorer\Hmmapi.dll

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 11:34 AM

What are the sizes of these files? 0 bytes?

Have you run a online virus scanner?

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 04:10 PM

most are 0 bytes, or at least less than 50 or so. there are many , i just named a few of them. hadn't run a virus scan lately but when i have before nothing showed up and most of these have been there since before the i ran the last scan.

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 05:17 PM

You can delete all the 0 byte files. The ones that are larger than 0 bytes I would leave alone.

Yo may also want to post a hijackthis log for us to look at

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 05:45 PM

thanks i will work on that. do you think these 0 byte things are viruses are part of spyware/adware?

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 09:11 PM

They are definitely malware of some sort. They were either there as placeholders so another infection couldnt come in or your protection software stopped it from writing properly




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