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Left Coast Bernard PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Secunia PSI notified me that there was a New Secunia PSI Available.
I downloaded it to my desktop.
When I click on it to run it I get a message box that says:

PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application.


I'm running Windows XP SP3.
I recently installed IE 8.

colin99 RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Yes, I had a problem too today, I tried twice. When I went to run the new install, it said that there was a problem with the download. "Installer integrety check has failed" was the message.

I guess we'll have to wait for secunia to fix it.

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Gurszpit RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 24th Mar, 2009 17:14, Left Coast Bernard wrote:
Secunia PSI notified me that there was a New Secunia PSI Available.
I downloaded it to my desktop.
When I click on it to run it I get a message box that says:

PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application.


I'm running Windows XP SP3.
I recently installed IE 8.

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Gurszpit RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 24th Mar, 2009 17:39, colin99 wrote:
Yes, I had a problem too today, I tried twice. When I went to run the new install, it said that there was a problem with the download. "Installer integrety check has failed" was the message.

I guess we'll have to wait for secunia to fix it.

Shaun

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Gurszpit RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 24th Mar, 2009 17:55, Gurszpit wrote:

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Gurszpit RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 24th Mar, 2009 17:56, Gurszpit wrote:

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Gurszpit RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 24th Mar, 2009 17:56, Gurszpit wrote:

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ziggybot RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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I have Vista home premium and had no problem with the setup.
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wr RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Left Coast Bernard RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Thanks for your helpful comment.

What directions do you have in mind?
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Maurice Joyce RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Last edited on 24th Mar, 2009 21:33

For your particular problem there is a solution from secunia here:
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal...



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Left Coast Bernard RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Dear correspondents,

I went to the Secunia FAQ page that Maurice recommended, and I followed the instructions there, which I have pasted below with some corrections added in bold italics. The instructions were not entirely correct.

Here are the instructions:

I'm trying to install the Secunia PSI, but I get the error that the PSI.EXE file is "not a valid Win32 application". What does that mean?
This error can occur if the PSI.EXE file has been corrupted or damaged in the download process. To remedy this, please perform the following:

The file that was downloaded has the name PSIsetup.exe. Not PSI.EXE

Delete all copies of PSI.EXE on your computer.
Open Windows Explorer.
Go to Tools>Folder Options (in Windows XP) or Organize>Folder and Search options (in Windows Vista).
In the View tab, select "Show hidden files and folders" and select OK.
In the Windows Explorer address, go to "C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings" (in Windows XP) or "C:\Users\\AppData\Local Settings" (in Windows Vista).

The correct path for me, and the meaning of the \\, is here:
"C:\Documents and Settings\bleikind\Local Settings"


Delete the Temp subfolder.
Restart your computer.
Try to download the PSI.EXE file again.

This is the end of the instructions.

Of course, you will be downloading PSISetup.exe.

I note that in my earlier attempts to download this file, I worked in IE 8. All of those yielded the "not a valid Win32 application" error message. This time I happened to download that file using Chrome 2.0 Beta. This file executed correctly.

After following the instructions, and with the Chrome download, the new file executed correctly. It uninstalled my existing SCI and installed the new version. This version seems to be running correctly. At least it has gone off for a long time, working hard, and I hope that it is re-scanning my machine.

I'm going to declare this issue at an end, so long as nothing funny happens overnight.

Thanks to everyone for their help.
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puget1 RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Hi! all, I kinda of noticed that the people who are having problems are running Xp. Question: as from other forums based on the msmxl 6 debate, that is raging, could this be a problem in that Secunia may not recognize or no longer uses this to support its programs. Knowing Microsoft and its ability to force ware on us, I believe Microsoft no longer supports Xp and it is its intention to totally go to Vista. Secunia update went fine for me

Windows Vista "Home Basic"
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metaed RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 24th Mar, 2009 21:29, Maurice Joyce wrote:
For your particular problem there is a solution from secunia here:
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal...

I discovered the FAQ quite by accident via Google. And even then, knowing it existed, I could not find any page in the Secunia web site that links to it.

(Possibly it is in Google because the Secunia people put it in the search robots site map, or because there was a link in the past.)

At any rate a FAQ needs to be much easier to find than it is at present.

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meintower RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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[Hi! all, I kinda of noticed that the people who are having problems are running Xp. Question: as from other forums based on the msmxl 6 debate, that is raging, could this be a problem in that Secunia may not recognize or no longer uses this to support its programs. Knowing Microsoft and its ability to force ware on us, I believe Microsoft no longer supports Xp and it is its intention to totally go to Vista. Secunia update went fine for me] Puget1 said...

Hi, Puget1!Are you suggesting that if I have XP(and no intention to go for Vista) I'd better avoid installing the new version of Secunia?


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Left Coast Bernard RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Last edited on 25th Mar, 2009 15:50
I began this thread with my question.

I was getting the stated error.

I run XP SP 3.

I followed the instructions from the referenced FAQ AND I downloaded the PSISetup.exe file using Chrome instead of IE 8.

I don't know which of these was the critical change.

Secunia PSI is running fine on my machine now.

I see no reason to suspect XP, or Microsoft plotters, or the Secunia programmers.

But why didn't Secunia design their installation procedure to work if you just click on the offered files?
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Maurice Joyce RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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He are the facts about Windows XP - it has extended support until 2014

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-gb&x...



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metaed RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 25th Mar, 2009 15:36, meintower wrote:
Are you suggesting that if I have XP(and no intention to go for Vista) I'd better avoid installing the new version of Secunia?


I can now answer a related question, which is who SHOULD install the new version? Morten Hansen of Secunia gave me a very quick answer, and it is that you should install if your Windows operating system does not get listed either as "Patched" or "Insecure" --- that is, if it does not appear at all.

I am running XP Home Edition and it is being listed properly as "Patched". Therefore I do not need the update.

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Lynskey RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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I had the same problem. Using XP/sp3 and IE8. The problem is with Ie8. Solution, start IE8, click on Tools->Compatibility View. Then do the download and save to desktop. You should get a 532K byte PSISetup.exe. Run this file.
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puget1 RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Not at all, used XP for along time and liked it very much. No I was just wondering if that service pack might be the issue but I stand corrected. That the problem is with all the new security related issues in updated browsers. whether Ie8, Mozilla, Opera what ever. But you know M/Soft will drop support eventually.

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genegold99 RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 25th Mar, 2009 15:50, Maurice Joyce wrote:
He are the facts about Windows XP - it has extended support until 2014

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-gb&x...

Maurice, I didn't see the post you were responding to, but your reply is ambiguous per the linked chart. What MS calls "Extended Support" for XP, which I presume is some kind of purchased contractual support, lasts until 2014. "Mainstream support," which is what I imagine is available to the rest of us, ends next month, April 14.
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metaed RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 25th Mar, 2009 17:20, genegold99 wrote:
What MS calls "Extended Support" for XP, which I presume is some kind of purchased contractual support, lasts until 2014. "Mainstream support," which is what I imagine is available to the rest of us, ends next month, April 14.


Not necessary to presume or imagine. You can click on the link "Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ".

Patching will continue through 08-Apr-2014, and security patches will continue to be free.

After 14-Apr-2009, you will need to pay for non-security patches. There will also be no more free incident support, no more warranty claims, and no more changes to design and features.

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puget1 RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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I should start a new thread but oh well. So what do you think about isp's only supporting Microsoft plus Microsoft no longer supporting other e-mail programs such as Hotmail or Thunderbird or has anyone encountered this problem yet. Seriously thinking about going to Lenox.

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metaed RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Annie Lenox? :-)

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Left Coast Bernard RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Metaed,

Why did Secunia send notification to everyone that a new version was available, if most people had no need for it?

If psi users had been correcting all warnings and alarms from psi, then they would have everything, especially their operating system, patched.

Why would Secunia patch itself to correct for a failure of some kind in XP?

Why wouldn't Secunia just have sent around an urgent message to XP users to patch their operating system?

And, if you tried to install this update and it was unnecessary, why wouldn't Secunia have just told you that you didn't need it?

See if your Secunia friend will take another call from you.
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puget1 RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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GREAT! questions. I imagine a. that update is their patch b. reduced sizec. faster speed Guesstimating!

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colin99 RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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Well, I'm running Windows XP PRO sp3 and after reading what others have submitted, I downloaded Crome aswell. Then I deleted any copies of PSI that I had on my computer, uninstalled, then ran microsofts uninstaller cleanup program. I downloaded PSI from Secunia using Crome and ran it. The installation went as it was suppose to.

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metaed RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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@Left Coast Bernard

I do not have the telephone number of anybody at PSI. Please cross reference: http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/158...

Is it true that most people had no need for the update? I don't know and I did not say so. I only know what to look for and what the result was on my system. Sample size = 1.

The patch is not correcting an XP failure. I have no information that the problem is more or less likely to occur on XP than on some other version. I can say I am running XP and I did not have the problem.

The patch is correcting a PSI failure to recognize the Microsoft Windows installed version. That in turn causes PSI to fail to report some security vulnerabilities.

If you do see "Microsoft Windows" listed under "Insecure" or "Patched", you do not need the update. You only need to follow PSI's advice to secure your system.

But if you do not see "Microsoft Windows" listed at all, then you need the update. You might have unpatched security vulnerabilities that the unpatched PSI is not reporting.

(edit) Sorry for misspelling your name in the first version of this reply, I have now corrected it.

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meintower RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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[Is it true that most people had no need for the update? I don't know and I did not say so. I only know what to look for and what the result was on my system. Sample size = 1.

The patch is not correcting an XP failure. I have no information that the problem is more or less likely to occur on XP than on some other version. I can say I am running XP and I did not have the problem.

The patch is correcting a PSI failure to recognize the Microsoft Windows installed version. That in turn causes PSI to fail to report some security vulnerabilities.

If you do see "Microsoft Windows" listed under "Insecure" or "Patched", you do not need the update. You only need to follow PSI's advice to secure your system.

But if you do not see "Microsoft Windows" listed at all, then you need the update. You might have unpatched security vulnerabilities that the unpatched PSI is not reporting.]( metaed said)

Thank you, metaed !Now I get it!You've been very helpful with your patient details.I went to the patched programmes list and found my Windows XP Profesional-Service Pack 3 listed,so I don' t need the new version.

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meintower RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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[Is it true that most people had no need for the update? I don't know secure your system.

But if you do not see "Microsoft Windows" listed at all, then you need the update. You might have unpatched security vulnerabilities that the unpatched PSI is not reporting.] metaed said.


Well,although my Win.XP Pro. Pack3 was on the "patched" list I've decided to download the new 1004;on another thread was said that it can be installed from the right bottom of the interface but for me that didn't work;so I went to the Secunia website,downloaded from there and all happened as it should (have to click on "exit" at the taskbar icon first).Happy end!

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mountainhomejim RE: PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application
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on 24th Mar, 2009 17:14, Left Coast Bernard wrote:
Secunia PSI notified me that there was a New Secunia PSI Available.
I downloaded it to my desktop.
When I click on it to run it I get a message box that says:

PSISetup.exe is not a valid Win32 application.


I'm running Windows XP SP3.
I recently installed IE 8.

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