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Vista .Exe Files download error

RICK BURNETT asked on February 19, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Vista Won't Download .Exe Files

» Whenever I try to download .exe files from the internet I get the following message: C:\...downloads\.exe is not a valid win32 application when I try to run the download. The file appears in the downloads folder but has 0KB.

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» This problem occurs when your .exe file associations are broken. This is usually caused by a virus/malware(DDoS:Win32/Abot.A) that changes the default file associations in Windows, therefore you have an exe virus infection. Follow these instructions to fix this problem:

Download DLL Suite, install and run > Click Dashboard menu and > Click Scan DLL Errors button > Click Fix DLL Errors button after the scan.

DLL Suite is designed for you to download the required file for free. It is a reliable and professional repair tool with a most up to date library of system files, including any important exe files you need to solve your issue.

SUSAN CAREY replied on February 25, 2013

All Answers:

  1. GARY LIEB replied on February 19, 2013: » There are a number of different reasons. It sounds unlikely, but it could be malware. There is no harm in running your AV program, then download the free Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from

  2. RICK BURNETT replied on February 19, 2013: » I ran a full system scan - no threats were detected. I then clicked on your link and attempted to download the malware file. Again, it wouldn't download, I got the normal message: 'C:\...downloads\.exe is not a valid win32 application'

  3. ROBERT PRICE replied on February 20, 2013: » The only other thing I can suggest is the System File Checker (SFC) just in case something is corrupt in some way.

    Run it from an elevated Command Prompt, i.e. click the Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, then ‘Run as Administrator’. Type sfc /scannow (note the space) and press Enter. This may take some time and, depending upon your installation of Vista, you may have to put the Vista DVD in the drive.

    SFC appends its results to a log file named CBS.log, which is located in the \Windows\Logs\CBS folder. Use Notepad to read it (you may need to run Notepad as the Administrator).

    To find the errors, go to the end of the file (Ctrl+End) then use ‘Find’ (Ctrl+F) to check for the words 'cannot repair', use search ‘Up’ to search upwards from the end of the file.

  4. STEVEN KING replied on February 22, 2013: » No, but I'm learning things along the way! I ran the SFC and checked the log, but the words 'cannot repair' were not found.

  5. TREVOR SILVA replied on February 23, 2013: » I Launch Internet Options from Control Panel. Click the Security tab. Select the Internet zone. Click the Custom Level button. Scroll down to the Miscellaneous group. Find the item "Launching Applications and unsafe files". Is it set to "Disable"? Then change it to "Prompt" and click OK.

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