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"Not a valid exe file format"

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  1. geniebug

    geniebug Thread Starter

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    Lately I have been getting emails which when you "run" them, give the message "Not a valid exe file format" - Are the senders doing someting wrong, or is there something my computer is refusing to identify?

    It says the "type" is Internet E-mail message and these are the ones I cannot open for some reason. Scary thing is I sent one of the messages over to my laptop, and it opened :(

    geniebug
     
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  3. geniebug

    geniebug Thread Starter

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    Hi - I did go into that site - as it happened, I already had RegCure - I ran it - there were a few errors, but it did not solve my problem.

    Thanks anyway.
    Judy
     
  4. lotuseclat79

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    I don't know what RegCure is, but you should NEVER run a .exe email attachment unless you have an industrial strength AV equipped with anti-trojan capability and then you can save the attachment as a file, run the AV against it - assuming your AV has been through its nearly daily update over the Internet from your AV provider, and even if it is clean, you should still upload the file to any one or serveral of the following links to determine if the .exe file is SAFE to run:

    * Online Virus Scans (single file at a time)

    http://www.kaspersky.com/scanforvirus or

    http://www.kaspersky.com/remoteviruschk.html

    http://onlinescan.avast.com/

    http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan/indexn.php [not as good as others]

    http://old.antivir.ru/english/www_av/

    http://virusscan.jotti.org/ [jotti and virustotal are comprehensive]

    http://www.virustotal.com/flash/index_en.html

    http://www.aptv38.dsl.pipex.com/RescueME/Virussubmit.htm

    http://www.malwareupload.com

    http://www.ikarus-software.at/portal/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=28

    The only real question you have to answer is whether the .exe file is a first instance of a zero-day attack that your computer is the first one to see it? Note: a zero-day attack is one where no signature exists to detect it in the current up-to-date scanners. In this case, a scanner with heuristic capability to detect these cases could save the day, e.g. Nod32 at http://www.nod32.com

    -- Tom

    P.S. Set your email to recognize only text instead of HTML were malware can be created.
     
  5. geniebug

    geniebug Thread Starter

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    Tom, I was shown another shorter way to fix the problem - do you want me to post it?

    Thanks for your suggestions - they did help to a point.

    Regards

    Judy
     
  6. lotuseclat79

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    Hi Judy,

    It would help to understand how you solved the problem if you posted the fix!

    Thanks,

    -- Tom
     
  7. geniebug

    geniebug Thread Starter

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    Here it is

    See if any of the replies in this recent newsgroup thread help at all: http://groups.google.com/group/micr..._frm/thread/15a6871ca53bc807/3d5228f8e718e25e

    There was a slight difference though,

    Where it said
    To re-register the .eml file type in My Computer:
    4. Under Registered file types, click EML Outlook Express Mail Message, and then click Advanced.

    I could not find EML Outlook Express Mail Message only EML FILE, and when I highlighted it, the "advance button" changed to "restore" - so I took a chance, and it changed to EML Outlook Express Mail Message.

    Hope that explains it. Later I clicked on the advance button, and the settings were the same as what 312355 suggested I change it to.

    Regards
    Judy
     
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