View Full Version : I'm getting "This program has performed an illegal operation..." error msgs, plz help

02-18-2003, 05:55 PM
sys specs:
win98 SE
128 sd ram
PIII 650
riva tnt2 32mb
soundblaster 16
zonealarm pro

About a month back i noticed a few of my audio programs were giving me error messages upon
running them.

For example, if i install an audio program such as Traktor Dj Studio, it'll work fine but
the audio will crackle. If i reboot my pc and try running the program again, i then get
this and will continue to get this:

"This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.
If the problem persists, contact the program vendor."

If i click on "Details>>" i get this:

TRAKTORDJSTUDIO2 caused an exception 10H in module TRAKTORDJSTUDIO2.EXE at 0167:0045661c.
EAX=00007832 CS=0167 EIP=0045661c EFLGS=00010202
EBX=780df1f0 SS=016f ESP=012ce240 EBP=780df39f
ECX=00000000 DS=016f ESI=780df306 FS=3f8f
EDX=012c0000 ES=016f EDI=0168ba94 GS=0000
Bytes at CS:EIP:
dc 8c 24 a4 00 00 00 dc 25 18 58 56 00 d8 15 c4
Stack dump:
0147c720 0133b478 00000094 0147b300 3f800000 00000000 00000027 00000000 44acf947 be49e1e9
3f7ec1d9 bdc98e40 3f7b0a7b be4893c3 00000060 3f800000

I also run into this exact problem with cool edit pro, wavelab and with audio catalyst i
get a message "stack overflow" when trying to run it. Everything else on my pc works fine
(including my soundcard, so scratch that off the list of possibilities).
I suspect it might have something to do with something i might have downloaded somewhere
because everything was fine before i had installed it. I don't use virus protection. Only
Zonealarm Pro for firewall security.

I tried formatting my hardrive, re-installed everything and to my surprise i keep getting
the same error messages with the same programs.

To go off topic, i get blue screen error messages once in a while and sometimes my pc
reboots by itself. I don't know if any of this could be a clue, i thought i'd mention it.

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks

david eaton
02-18-2003, 06:06 PM
Welcome to the PC Guide Forums.

I don't use virus protection

First - Look in MJC's list (http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=15179) , download and RUN one of the anti-virus applications.

Second, from the same list, download an anti-trojan program such as Spybot, and RUN that as well.

The trouble you are experiencing could be due to a virus or a trojan/spyware program so get rid of them first.

then,thirdly, are there any yellow exclamation marks showing in Control Panel<>System<>Device Manager against any of your hardware?


02-18-2003, 08:36 PM
I agree with david except that I would urge you to run an online virus scan because if you have one, it is a nasty. This means that it may well corrupt any antivirus program you download so that it can't be detected. The other option would be to make a set of antivirus floppy disks on a known clean computer and write protect them before using them on your computer.

02-18-2003, 09:28 PM
what is an online virus scan and what does it exactly do?

- color me- Curious :)

02-18-2003, 09:39 PM
An "online virus scan" is a scan of your hard drive done online, in search of virus. I personally use "Housecall" found at AVG. It's free and thorough.

Check MJC's links as suggested in David's post above.

Please be sure to post back your progress!

02-19-2003, 04:40 AM
I downloaded and ran Avast32 and scanned my HD.
It came up with 290 infected (mostly ".exe's") files caused by a virus called "Win32:Parite". The program listed it also as Win32:Parite - B [DLL] pointing to somewhere in my WINDOWS directory.

Basically every program's ".exe" on my system was infected by this virus, so i formatted, re-installed. I did a virus scan on all the cd's i had recently burned while the virus was active on my system. I found a couple, one of which has many software programs i've been collecting for months and all their ".exe" files are infected with the same virus as well.

What should i do? Trash the cd or repair the ".exe's"? If i repair them will they function properly or give me trouble in the future?
Is Avast a good program for repairing virus infected files or is there something better for the job?

P.S. According to Avast my pc is currently virus-free and functioning normally. It's the infected cd's that i'm worried about.

Thanks for your help guys :)

02-19-2003, 12:16 PM
i found 3 infected files, thanks for the advice, papertech i've bookmarked that website...how often do you do an online scan like that one?

david eaton
02-19-2003, 04:38 PM

Personally, I would consider the CDs to be coasters and not allow them within 20 yards of any computer! :D Sorry, but attempts to "repair" the files could well lead to trouble.

Have you now installed an anti-virus system? AVG is good, and cheap.


If you have an up to date anti-virus program installed and running, you only need an on-line scan or the rescue discs that the anti-virus program can make, if you think something has gone wrong. I haven't used an on-line scan for months.


02-19-2003, 05:56 PM

I would still scan from one of the online scans and/or use AV disks generated on a known clean system to make sure you got rid of all the garbage. Also, when you reformatted and then reinstalled, did you shut the computer off for a while and then do a cold reboot? Some viruses will hide in RAM and reinfect when you turn the system back on again, so if you didn't do this, you may have more work to do.

Also, I again agree with david, those CDs are probably not worth reclaiming. If you have something on there that you really have to have, you can try, but make sure you have strong AV protection in place first.

02-19-2003, 08:10 PM

"when you reformatted and then reinstalled, did you shut the computer off for a while and then do a cold reboot?"

-no, i didn't. but so far so good. all the programs i was having problems with (mentioned up above in my initial post) are no longer giving me any trouble.

"I would still scan from one of the online scans and/or use AV disks generated on a known clean system to make sure you got rid of all the garbage."

-i'll do that asap. thx

david eaton:

"Have you now installed an anti-virus system? AVG is good, and cheap."

-i am currently running the Avast32 On-Access Scanner. It monitor's every file i try to execute. those cds i mentioned were flagged as soon as i popped them into my cd-rom drive. it seems to be doing me justice, but when i have time i will look into other anti-virus software. thx

02-20-2003, 12:42 AM
i just did an online virus scan from Trend Micro's HouseCall and everything came out clean as a whistle :)
i really appreciate all the help! thx once again :D