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Windows 7: Any .exe that trys to open gets a Bad Image error caused by nvinit.dll

10 Jan 2015   #1

Any .exe that trys to open gets a Bad Image error caused by nvinit.dll

It started doing this when I first turned it on today. I got a string of errors after logging in staying:
"(insertanyexe).exe - Bad Image. C:\Windows\SysWOW64\nvinit.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error."

After running multiple scans with NOD32 (it found nothing) and trying to uninstall the application that owns the dll file (NVIDIA GeForce Experience; it actually does nothing when I press "uninstall/change"), but that didn't work. So I restarted my computer and now the error message says:
"(blah blah) C:\Windows\system32\nvinit.dll (blah)

Any help figuring out if this is a virus and how to get it deleted would be amazingly helpful.

P.S. This is the first and only time this has happened and I have NOD32 scan my entire computer every Monday night. (this message is not from the infected computer).

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jan 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

Some of the pages found by Google Search suggest an infection.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jan 2015   #3


I've looked into Google extensively before I posted here. I figured that it's a virus, now the next step is to figure out how to get it off my computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Any .exe that trys to open gets a Bad Image error caused by nvinit.dll

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