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Windows 7: Control Panel not responding, Paint and Photoviewer not working.


11 Nov 2012   #1

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Control Panel not responding, Paint and Photoviewer not working.

Alright, so it started around 5-7 days ago. Photoviewer started giving a message with this line:
C:\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll is not a valid win32 application.

Searched on google, first thing it said was to check if there's any viruses. I scanned it with super-antispyware and had one virus. Did the sfc /scannow and it says it couldn't repair some files (CBS logs are over 3mb ). Cleared the virus and after two days, most of the items in control panel doesn't do anything when I try to click on it (i.e Power Options, Backup & Restore, Firewall) or it gives the line:
Windows cannot find '::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371
Paint and opening other things through Start Menu gives this line:
C:\Windows\system32\ODBC32.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error

I sfc /scannow twice and did a final complete scan with super-antispyware and still no progress. Not sure what to do now.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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11 Nov 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hello Conxept and welcome to Seven Forums.

The first thing I'd do is run some additional anti-malware programs. No anti-virus or anti-spyware is 100% effective 100% of the time. If there was such a thing we'd all be using it. Some highly recommended (and free) products are:

Malwarebytes

ESET Online Scanner

Windows Defender Offline

If these scans come back clean I would try rolling back the computer to a date/time prior to the problem first appearing using a restore point. And once that's done I'd do multiple anti-malware scans again just in case the restore point may have been infected.

System Restore
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2012   #3

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Hello Conxept and welcome to Seven Forums.

The first thing I'd do is run some additional anti-malware programs. No anti-virus or anti-spyware is 100% effective 100% of the time. If there was such a thing we'd all be using it. Some highly recommended (and free) products are:

Malwarebytes

ESET Online Scanner

Windows Defender Offline

If these scans come back clean I would try rolling back the computer to a date/time prior to the problem first appearing using a restore point. And once that's done I'd do multiple anti-malware scans again just in case the restore point may have been infected.

System Restore
I downloaded and scanned using malwarebytes and ESET and deleted four viruses, two viruses found in with program but the problem isn't solved. The only restore points that I have are really recent (2 days ago) and it won't fix the problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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11 Nov 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Try running a system file checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two.) If problems are found, run the scan 3 times and reboot the computer after each scan. After sunning SFC rescan with anti-malware products.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2012   #5

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Try running a system file checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two.) If problems are found, run the scan 3 times and reboot the computer after each scan. After sunning SFC rescan with anti-malware products.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
I did all of that but the problem isn't solved :\
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

A repair install : Repair Install

Or a clean install : Clean Install Windows 7

These may be your only surefire options. Drastic I know, but ......
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