Problem playing an avi file

JD jd1008 at
Thu Jul 15 06:46:03 UTC 2010

  On 07/14/2010 09:24 PM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-07-14 at 19:45 -0700, JD wrote:
>> I have an avi file which when played with any of the linux players:
>> xine, vlc, mplayer, ffplay, totem, ...etc
>> displays the message in the video window:
>> Codec Error: Use Windows Media player.
>> then it issues the message: Redirecting to microsoft download page.
>> I have never seen this happen before.
>> Has anyone else seen it? How to get around it?
> What does "file youfile.avi" say? If it says "Microsoft APF", throw it
> away. It's almost certainly a trojan and even if not you can only play
> it under Windows.
> If it doesn't say that, you may simply need a Windows-compatible codec.
> poc
You are 100% correct.
I will warn the person who sent it.
I will also scan my drives clamav.
Should have scanned before trying to play it.

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