MSVIDEO.DLL Error Message

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I am running Windows XP Pro.  All of a sudden several of my programs open with an "AXWIN Frame Window - Bad Image" error message that says:  "The application or DLL C:\WINDOWS\system\MSVIDEO.DLL is not a valid Windows image.  Please check this against your installation diskette".

After hitting "OK" a few times the message goes away and the program seems to work fine.  Is this a problem?  And how can I get rid of the error message?

I have tried re-downloading the MSVIDEO.DLL file and replacing it on my system, but that did not fix the problem.

Thanks,

Phil Simmons
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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Could well be a virus.

Do a search on MSVIDEO.DLL in your system and see how many copies there are and compare file sizes.

Also do a good virus scan on your system as well.

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Some malware camouflage themselves as msvideo.dll, particularly if they are located in c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Thus check the msvideo.dll process on your pc whether it is pest.

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Thanks for the suggestions.  I replaced ALL four of my MSVIDEO.DLL files (I did this before checking to see if the file sizes were the same).  I have run two virus/malware scans, and neither identifiied any problems (Malwarebytes and Norton Internet Security).  The problem is still there.  Any other ideas?

Thanks!
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Try running Combofix, it has found issues other antivirus/antimalware programs have missed in the past.  http://majorgeeks.com/Combofix_d6402.html

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I want to thank everyone for your efforts, but I've tried everything suggested and still get the message.  Any other ideas?
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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>> All of a sudden several of my programs open

When does that happen?  Normal work or when you open up say a browser or your email?

What programs are these that are opening?

At the command line type msconfig and see what Services are running on Startup and post that list here.

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