Application 1000 errors

Has anyone encountered errors like this in Event Viewer.  How can I determine if this is an Application problem or an Windows 2003 error?

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Application Error
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      1000
Date:            02/05/2008
Time:            9:15:22 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      Server1
Faulting application pre.exe, version, faulting module pre.exe, version, fault address 0x0018ed2b.

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0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74   Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c   ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 6c 70 6d   ure  pre
0018: 2e 65 78 65 20 32 2e 30   .exe 2.0
0020: 2e 30 2e 30 20 69 6e 20   .0.0 in
0028: 6c 70 6d 2e 65 78 65 20   pre.exe
0030: 32 2e 30 2e 30 2e 30 20
0038: 61 74 20 6f 66 66 73 65   at offse
0040: 74 20 30 30 31 38 65 64   t 0018ed
0048: 32 62 0d 0a               2b..    
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Find out which folder is pre.exe residing and also find out which application is using that folder.
You will have to contact that application vendor to get this fixed.  Event ID 1000 is a generic one.
It is calling pre.exe which appears to be one of two things either a malware or a legit program depending on where it is located. From what I see it is a malware

You need to find where this PRE.EXE is located if it is in a temp file then it is definately a malware.

You will need to scan your machine using the following tools I will post them in the next post

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Download  combofix.exe and save it to your desktop
Close any open browsers.
Before starting ComboFix disable and exit any anti-virus software, anti-spyware or any other security related software as they may interfere with ComboFix's operation.
Double click combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
When finished, it shall produce a log for you and display it on your desktop called c:\combofix.txt. By default this log is located on your 'C' drive. Post that log in your next reply along with a fresh HJT log as well
Note:Do not mouseclick combofix's window whilst it's running. That may cause it to stall.

Also run these

your going to need some anti spyware /malware utlities run too spybot s&d - download it install it (do not install tea timer, ) update it then run it - adaware - download it run it and then uninstall it    - select to only download and install spyware doctor.

Additionally you may want to run a rootkit tester...
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mystikal1000Author Commented:
Sorry I should of told you this pre.exe is ingrown home application on the windows 2003 servers, its not malware...
then your going to need to look at that application using a debugging tool to see what it is doing.  If that is an application that was create in house your programmers are going to have to use debuggers and look at its memory usage it is crashing itself.

Something like ollydbg or microsofts debugger will be needed
Yes.  As I mentioned in my first comment, this is something the developers of the pre.exe should look and resolve.

wasn't trying to copy your answer had the questioner told me PRE.EXE was an in house app I would have simply agreed with you in the first place. I thought it was a malware because of the very generic name and a malware that is known to carry that name.
no problem braincassin.  you are right.  I was just cursing myself of not seeing it from the malware view (as the author didn't inform us that it is a in house applicaiton).  Your thoughts were in the right direction.
mystikal1000Author Commented:
Sorry I should of mentioned the apps is homegrown...

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