Bad image; Corrupted files?
Posted on 2005-03-11
I've found this to be a nuissance at first, and now it's become quite a problem. I'm not sure what caused it... maybe spyware or a trojan but i've run some scans and not much came up.
Recently, the data and time on the win xp taskbar has stopped working. While the clock itself displays the correct time, if I go check on the date or to change the time (Right click -> Adjust date/time) then it causes an error
Title: rundll32.exe - Bad Image
Description: The application or DLL C:\WINDOWS\System32\timedate.cpl is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette.
Choices: only "OK"
I'm not quite sure why this would happen. I'm not too familiar witht he cpl format either.... But I ignored it for a while... eventually I logged onto MSN Messenger and it gave me this error, except with a different file. I click ok, and it gives another error message with yet another file. This second time I had to click 10 times in a row to have it leave and not come back. I decided to try a System Restore. It too was unaccessible due to the same error, with yet another dll that was corrupt. I used Google to try and find an answer. One suggestion was to repair MS Office. I did and was able to use System Restore again. I restored previously this week. The time/date adjusting doesn't work, but MSN and System Restore work again.
I'm not sure how to solve this problem so I decided to come here. Any help is greatly appreciated. I will check back to provide additional details if necessary, or to try any suggestions.