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amhoyle PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\PPTVIEW.EXE
Version Detected 12.0.6414.1000

Secunia detects the above as insecure. I rescanned a couple of times to check, still insecure.

I downloaded the suggested fix from
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?fa...
but on install it says the update does not apply to my system.

Windows update also fails to show any additional updates.

I'm running MS Office 2007 Ultimate with SP2 on Vista SP2.

First question is what version does everyone else have and second, what reasons may there be for the update not wanting to install?

Thanks

BigDave_39 RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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I don't think this is a false-positive but rather a bug from Microsoft and their patch.

See below and search for "pptview.exe":
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967340

This specific file needs to be version "12.0.6502.5000" or later (according to Microsoft) to be secure.

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amhoyle RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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I redownloaded the PowerPoint Viewer, installed it, ran windows update and the file updated to the correct version. For some reason, originally it would not show up on Windows update nor would the manual update apply. Strange.
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BigDave_39 RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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That is actually quite interesting. I wonder if the version that Microsoft ships with Office isn't properly registered (but more or less just dumped as part of the office install) in the operating system, and first when you do a new install of the program as a stand-alone installation is it registered properly?

Could be nice with a comment from microsoft on this...

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Anthony Wells RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Windows update is not the same as Microsoft update - I needed the latter to solve my windows and secunia problems with PPT and was "forced" to move from version 2003 to version 2007. Luckily it does what I need it to do (alongside Open Office) , so far ,no harm done (cross fingers).

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sepjcg RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Hello,

I have the same problem described here :
http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/202...

This picture shows secunia diagnostic

http://www.weplug.com/images_1/804cf2054cb236ab9e6...

Please, can you give the link to download pptview.exe last version
The mine is : 12.0.6414.1000

Good bye
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Anthony Wells RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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This is the download link for PPT - I don't know if it is more up to date than your present version ; if it loads it should prompt you to update/patch as necessary.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...

Have you tried to update your version using Microsoft update - not Windows update - it is usually better for PPT.
Best of luck you'll get there in the end.

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sepjcg RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Hello

I have tried to go on microsoft update
http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/def...

but I have an error
[quote]

[Numéro d'erreur : 0x80070002]
Le site Web a rencontré une erreur et ne peut pas afficher la page demandée. Les options fournies ci-dessous peuvent vous aider à résoudre le problème.
Options d'aide sans assistance :
Forum Aux Questions
Trouver des solutions
Groupe de discussion de Windows Update
[/unquote]


I have also tried the link
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/thankyou.aspx?f...

But, the version does not change
So Secunia is not happy

Thank you

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Anthony Wells RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Although there seem to be several causes for the PPT problems - have you checked all the other PPT threads in the forum?? - in your case not getting to Microsoft update could be the base of your problem ( the link works fine for me ). You need to resolve the error notice you are receiving ; I have had similar ones myself - my XP OS also runs in French - and Windows tech site or Googling the error code has helped me in the past. Sorry I can't be more explicit as I'm not a techie and my typing in French is abysmal.
Bonne chance.

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Anthony Wells RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Google gives this for your error code

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en-GB&q=windows+...

You will need to copy/paste the entire link ; you may find it easier to Google "windows error code 0x80070002" directly , yourself. There a lots of leads therein.

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berndleutenecker RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Hello!

I had the same problem with Office 2007 pro and Vista Ultimate 32-bit,
both german. No updates (using Microsoft-Update!) were available, but
PSI kept saying I need to update the PPT-Viewer. I tried to several
times - using the german version of the patch. And it could never be
applied as the others here already said.
So I did what somebody else here recommended:
I downloaded the PPT-2007-Viewer itself and installed it, run MS-Update three times to make sure I have all updates and patches necessary (there
were three of them) - and at last this solved it. PSI now tells me again
that every thing is OK.

Bernd Leutenecker
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berndleutenecker RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Hello!

I had the same problem with Office 2007 pro and Vista Ultimate 32-bit,
both german. No updates (using Microsoft-Update!) were available, but
PSI kept saying I need to update the PPT-Viewer. I tried to several
times - using the german version of the patch. And it could never be
applied as the others here already said.
So I did what somebody else here recommended:
I downloaded the PPT-2007-Viewer itself and installed it, run MS-Update three times to make sure I have all updates and patches necessary (there
were three of them) - and at last this solved it. PSI now tells me again
that every thing is OK.

Bernd Leutenecker
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sepjcg RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Hello

Thank to Antony for the link
So I found the page
http://www.errornerd.com/stoperrors.php?seed=0x800...
But I am not sure the software is sure.
It is no longer a freeware

I have gone a new time on windows update
Luck! There is a correction for powerpoint
http://moe.mabul.org/up/moe/2009/06/11/img-160420f...

Las! it is no effect
so, for me, the question is always not solved.
If I find a solution I come back

Thank you
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Anthony Wells RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Hi ,
The site you mention is a commercial one which "pays" Google to advertise - this is why it is highlighted in a different colour. These sites may well not be trustworthy & I too would ignore them.
If you scroll down the page you will see other links , "support.microsoft" , for example.
If you don't already use one , then a site security checker
may be useful to you , as not everything Google finds is legitimate & some are very dangerous ; which is partly why we are here on this blog.
Bonne recherche.

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sepjcg RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Hello, you are right

I have uninstalled Regcure with Revo uninstaller and Regscanner.
Regcure is crapware
http://assiste.com.free.fr/p/craptheque/regcure.ht...

Good news...
There were new corrections on Windowsupdate, perhaps because I wrote to Dell support
http://moe.mabul.org/up/moe/2009/06/11/img-173037f...


Now, powerpointviewer 2007 is patched.
http://moe.mabul.org/up/moe/2009/06/11/img-1731102...

But for Microsoft update there is always a problem

Thank you for your answers
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Anthony Wells RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Sorry not to have been more clear with my link. Dell & Microsoft have a history concerning your error code.
Some other threads are still looking for the answer to your PPT problem - there seem to be some work aruonds as well. You'll need to check them to see which applies to your problem.
I can't think of anything else to suggest.
Salut !
PS: beware of touching the Registry - even the experts can get burned.
PPS: using the v2003 visionneuse with Office v2007 seems to be at the base of some people's problems - as far as I can understand (i'm definitely not a techie).

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Anthony Wells RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Sorry I may have misread , but if Office & PPT are all patched & Secunia is happy , then the error code for Microsoft update is "maybe" a Dell/Microsoft recognition problem.
Beats me !

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Kryskrolls RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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Solution described here:
http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/205...
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KyDave RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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See posting by Agapanthus at: http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/205...
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F4bPhantom RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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For Maurice Joyce.
1. Once 7Zip is installed Right click on the Microsoft downloaded file on the desktop>scroll down to 7Zip and select OPEN ARCHIVE
2. A window will open - Look for this file PPTVIEW MSP
3. Right click on it>scroll down to 7Zip and select OPEN INSIDE - once complete look for the file PATCH_CAB near the bottom of the page.
4. Right click on PATCH_CAB>scroll down to 7Zip and select OPEN - a separate window will open showing the file PPTVIEW_0001 - this is the file U want to patch your Office set up.
5. Right click on file PPTVIEW_0001 - select COPY TO - a box will appear - copy & paste this into the "Copy To" box - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\ then click OK (Nothing appears to happen but keep the faith)
6. Close all open windows.


I had the same problem with my pptview.exe file.
The only method that worked was yours.
Thank you very much.

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spectralkinesis RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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I came up with a simple fix for this problem - just install the application.

THE PROBLEM: Secunia was reporting PPTVIEW.EXE as insecure. It was mind boggling, as I had never installed Powerpoint Viewer 2007 - only the full version of Office 2007 Professional.

The problem here is that Powerpoint Viewer 2007 is not actually installed on the local machine. Therefore Microsoft Update can't detect any available patches for PPTVIEW.EXE since it isn't installed, with all of the necessary registry entries and extra files to be patched up.

The reason the Office suite has the PPTVIEW.EXE included in the %Program Files%\Microsoft Office\Office12\ directory is so PPTVIEW.EXE can be embedded when the PUBLISH & PACKAGE TO CD command is invoked.

THE FIX:

1.) Download Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...

2.) Install Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007.

3.) Run Windows Update - the first time I ran it there were 4 Security updates to be installed.

3.) Run Windows Update again - there were an additional 4 Security updates to be installed.

4.) Rerun Secunia - the application may now be detected as the latest version.

The first time I did this, Secunia did not detect PPTVIEW.EXE as the latest version, even when I manually verified the pptview.exe version myself. The version number shows 12.0.6502.5000, but Secunia wasn't that quick on the uptake.

What I did to fix this:

1.) Rename PPTVIEW.EXE to PPTVIEW.EXE.BAK.

2.) Secunia detected the filename change and reported the application as uninstalled.

3.) Rename PPTVIEW.EXE.BAK to PPTVIEW.EXE

4.) Secunia then detected the presence of PPTVIEW.EXE and picked up the new, latest and greatest, not insecure version number.

Cliffs:
Download & Install Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007
Run Windows Update until there are no more updates to install.
Maybe you'll have to rename the offending .exe twice.
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Profit!

Standalone thread so the fix is easier to find: http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/319...
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puget1 RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/278... The answer is in in this forum and how to delete the insecure PPV and install the correct two updates along with the correct

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bobcox1usa RE: PPTVIEW.EXE False Positive?
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on 17th Dec, 2009 23:17, spectralkinesis wrote:
I came up with a simple fix for this problem - just install the application.

THE PROBLEM: Secunia was reporting PPTVIEW.EXE as insecure. It was mind boggling, as I had never installed Powerpoint Viewer 2007 - only the full version of Office 2007 Professional.

The problem here is that Powerpoint Viewer 2007 is not actually installed on the local machine. Therefore Microsoft Update can't detect any available patches for PPTVIEW.EXE since it isn't installed, with all of the necessary registry entries and extra files to be patched up.

The reason the Office suite has the PPTVIEW.EXE included in the %Program Files%\Microsoft Office\Office12\ directory is so PPTVIEW.EXE can be embedded when the PUBLISH & PACKAGE TO CD command is invoked.

THE FIX:

1.) Download Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...

2.) Install Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007.

3.) Run Windows Update - the first time I ran it there were 4 Security updates to be installed.

3.) Run Windows Update again - there were an additional 4 Security updates to be installed.

4.) Rerun Secunia - the application may now be detected as the latest version.

Cliffs:
Download & Install Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007
Run Windows Update until there are no more updates to install.
...
Profit!

Standalone thread so the fix is easier to find: http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/319...



Thanks. After many false starts, this works.
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