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#1: An API call exited abnormally - What is this ?

Posted on 2005-02-09 15:25:24 by anna

An API call exited abnormally - What is this ?

I cannot open any attachments. Everytime I try top open an attachment
Open Office Word doc or even a Pdf attachment I get the following
error message:

An API call exited abnormally

This did not happen before.
Can anyone pls help me ? I am NOT technical.

I have a fairly new win XP PC, 2.5GHZ lots of HD and RAM.

Thanks

Anna

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#2: Re: An API call exited abnormally - What is this ?

Posted on 2005-02-10 01:37:14 by Sam

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anna writes:

> An API call exited abnormally - What is this ?
>
> I cannot open any attachments. Everytime I try top open an attachment
> Open Office Word doc or even a Pdf attachment I get the following
> error message:
>
> An API call exited abnormally
>
> This did not happen before.
> Can anyone pls help me ? I am NOT technical.
>
> I have a fairly new win XP PC, 2.5GHZ lots of HD and RAM.

It means that the program you were running encountered some kind of an
error; an unexpected error that the program doesn't even know how to report
properly.

Unfortunately, unless Microsoft is already aware of whatever the problem
actually, is, and a fix is available, there's nothing that you can do except
to reformat your hard drive, and reinstall Windows.

Of course, it is possible to make some likely guesses as to the likely
causes. But the following are only that, mere guesses. It is not possible
to determine the actual cause, based on the information you've provided,
with 100% certainty:

A) Bad hardware -- RAM, Motherboard, CPU, hard drive, resulted in some file
corruption. Even though your machine is new, it doesn't mean anything.
Cheap, consumer PC hardware, manufactured in some sweat shop halfway across
the world, can break two days after you begin using it. If you want
reliable, working hardware, you have to pay a premium for it.

B) You have deliberately installed some poorly-written software that ended
up corrupting some system file. Reformat the hard drive, and reinstall
Windows.

C) You have unknowing installed some poorly-written software. If you've
installed some free software junk that you've randomly downloaded from
somewhere else, such as some screensaver, or a dancing alligator, or some
other like crap, you probably ended up installing a bunch of spyware and
adware that covertly tracks your browsing activities in order to throw more
ads in your face. Such software is usually poorly written, and often ends
up corrupting and destabilizing your system. Reformat the hard drive, and
reinstall Windows.

D) If you use Internet Explorer, you probably visited some shady web site
that took advantage of many known security holes in Internet Explorer in
order to covertly spyware or adware and automatically install it on your PC.
See C) above. Reformat the hard drive, reinstall Windows, and use Mozilla
or Firefox to browse the web, instead of Internet Explorer.

E) You failed to install all the required security patches for Windows, and
you have used the Internet for more than a few minutes. There are hundreds
of known security holes in Microsoft Windows, that can be used by an
automated virus, or any outside party to completely seize control over your
machine and use it to distribute spam, or launch denial-of-service attacks,
without your knowledge. Last years, studies have shown that it takes on
average four minutes after an unpatched Windows box connects to the Internet
berfore it is infected by at least one virus, or some spamware.

Reformat your hard drive, reinstall Windows. Do not connect to the
Internet. Find some way to obtain all the necessary updates and patches.
Install the updates and patches before connecting to the Internet, for the
first time.

If you are unable to do the above, hire a professional security expert to
help. Send a copy of your bill to the following address, and hope that
you'll get reimbursed:

William H Gates III
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052



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