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Unable to execute file: mbam.exe

Bill D

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I've used the mbam in the past and was successful, but when I tried it recently the mbam.exe file can not be found. So I tried to update it with the latest version 1.41 it appears to run through install up until mbam is supposed to start. Then I get an error message that says "Unable to execute file: C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbam.exe followed by another message that says "CreateProcess failed: code 2. the system cannot find the file specfied." If I try to start the app from the desktop icon, it says it cannot be found and tries to browse. When I look at the installation folder, there are a lot of files but no mbam.exe. I tried rerunning the install a couple of times while watching the 'C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware" directory and I see the mbam.exe file appear during the install but disappears right at the end before it tries to launch it. I also run Symantec antivirus on this computer, but can not launch this program also. I can not provide a recent Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log file (since I can't run the program) but am providing the HijackThis log file below. Can someone let me know what I need to do to get this fixed?

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2

Scan saved at 3:33:40 PM, on 10/30/2009

Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)

Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:












C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe



C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe



C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe









C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe


C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

C:\Documents and Settings\Bill Dristy\My Documents\Downloads\mbam-setup.exe


C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.scmb.com/searchbar.html

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride =

O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost

O1 - Hosts: browser-security.microsoft.com

O1 - Hosts: antiwareprotect.com

O1 - Hosts: www.antiwareprotect.com

O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\5.3.4501.1418\swg.dll

O3 - Toolbar: Adobe PDF - {47833539-D0C5-4125-9FA8-0819E2EAAC93} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll

O3 - Toolbar: Google Toolbar - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [chmdly] C:\DOCUME~1\BILLDR~1\APPLIC~1\cbleoquc.exe -QuieT

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vptray] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\vptray.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (reboot)] "C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe" /runcleanupscript

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [rowereviz] Rundll32.exe "c:\windows\system32\lakogebo.dll",a

O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware] C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\mbamgui.exe /install /silent

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"

O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe

O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\windows\system32\nwprovau.dll

O16 - DPF: {01A88BB1-1174-41EC-ACCB-963509EAE56B} (SysProWmi Class) - http://support.dell.com/systemprofiler/SysPro.CAB

O16 - DPF: {15589FA1-C456-11CE-BF01-00AA0055595A} - http://w4s.work4sure.com/c/ge/w4sgeen9.exe

O16 - DPF: {8BE5651C-D60B-4B59-B5B2-F0EB93733D17} (IOBIVMUtil.VMDecoder) - https://www36.verizon.com/CallAssistant/MyA...l/VCAVMUtil.CAB

O18 - Filter hijack: text/html - {ce4eeb0f-0e4a-45bc-b12b-5c6580d7e26b} - (no file)

O20 - AppInit_DLLs: vulezibu.dll c:\windows\system32\lakogebo.dll

O21 - SSODL: judusamos - {e100819a-44b2-4623-913b-93a716581876} - c:\windows\system32\lakogebo.dll

O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: kupuhivus - {e100819a-44b2-4623-913b-93a716581876} - c:\windows\system32\lakogebo.dll

O23 - Service: Atheros Configuration Service (ACS) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\System32\acs.exe

O23 - Service: Airgo Networks NIC Service (ANISERVICE) - Airgo Networks, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\System32\aniServ.exe

O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe

O23 - Service: BrSplService (Brother XP spl Service) - brother Industries Ltd - C:\WINDOWS\System32\brsvc01a.exe

O23 - Service: C-DillaCdaC11BA - Macrovision - C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE

O23 - Service: Cisco Systems, Inc. VPN Service (CVPND) - Cisco Systems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe

O23 - Service: DefWatch - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\DefWatch.exe

O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1ca33cf111aaea0) (gupdate1ca33cf111aaea0) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe

O23 - Service: Google Software Updater (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe

O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\1050\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe

O23 - Service: Symantec AntiVirus Client (Norton AntiVirus Server) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\Rtvscan.exe

O23 - Service: X10 Device Network Service (x10nets) - X10 - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\X10\Common\x10nets.exe


End of file - 6355 bytes

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  • 2 weeks later...

I had the same problem. I see that you are using dos-format file-names. Nothing wrong with that, but i think you might try to put the command like this:

start-> run ->"C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe" or just put it in a mbam.bat-file.

I have not tested yet, I use long filenames, but it is possible that this will solve my problem too.

I cannot understand why programmers insist on using spaces and peculiar characters in file-/folder names!

Even if I was not a programmer (I had programming at school) the first thing I learned was to keep to basic ascii.

NO spaces, ' Norwegian

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