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January 20th, 2012, 20:38
Hello. Since I recently finished the Witcher, I decided it's time to move on to the Witcher 2. However, I'm having some problems getting the game to start and thought maybe someone here might be able to lend some expertise that I don't seem to have. My computer runs 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate. I have ran the Witcher 2 before with absolutely no problems. However, a few weeks ago, my computer got infected with some nasty Malware from a website I visited. I was able to snuff out the Malware using a few different tools, but since then, the Witcher 2 comes up with a Direct X related error every time I try to run it. The message I get is as follows:

witcher 2.exe- Bad image

C:\windows\system32\d3dx9_39.dll is either not designed to run on WIndows or it contains an error. Try installing the game again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support.

I have reinstalled DirectX 11, found and reinstalled DirectX 9.0c (took some effort to find an installer that wouldn't tell me I already had a newer version of DirectX installed). I also updated my video drivers. I even tried downloading and replacing the individual .dll file in question. I tried reinstalling the game. I tried re-downloading the game from Gog and installing it again. I have gotten this error despite doing all of these. The .dll file is definitely there, and should be in working order considering that I have manually replaced it out of the Direct X files. Thinking maybe something was screwy with my registry from the Malware, I downloaded Windows Registry Repair. It found some issues and claims to have fixed them, but it made no difference when trying to run the game.

Any suggestions? Beyond reinstalling Windows (which I really don't want to do), I don't know what to do.
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