Problem playing an avi file

JD jd1008 at
Thu Jul 15 16:27:07 UTC 2010

  On 07/15/2010 06:57 AM, Marko Vojinovic wrote:
> On Thursday, July 15, 2010 03:45:27 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?
> Yes, I have seen it. You download a full 700 MB avi of a movie (typically via
> torrent) and try to play it. It starts playing, then it displays the above
> messages *hard coded inside the video stream*, and exits.
> It's a hoax, coupled with propaganda. The very same thing happens even if you
> actually use Windows Media Player to play the file, on a Windows machine.
> Further, there is no workaround. The rest of the 700 MB of data is pure junk
> and you wasted your time and bandwidth downloading it --- there is no movie
> inside to be played.
> I didn't try to scan it for viruses/trojans/worms/malware/etc., because I
> believe you cannot get infected by playing a movie in mplayer (unless mplayer
> has some serious security exploit that nobody is aware of). So just drop that
> file and go find a genuine one.
> HTH, :-)
> Marko
Well as I said in my reply to POC, he was right.
I have warned the person who sent it to me.

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