1. Post #1
    mini peanut5's Avatar
    July 2009
    638 Posts
    this has only happened recently and its very fustrating

    i started up my computer and signed into steam and started loading gmod, then the box disapeared and another box came up saying
    Failed to load the launcher DLL:
    %1 is not a valid Win32 application

    ive tried restarting steam, deleting my gmod folder (well renaming it to sommin else) but it wont work
    what shuld i do
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  2. Post #2
    BlockBag's Avatar
    May 2006
    12 Posts
    I have the same problem, I tried everything you did and still no results. Hope this gets fixed soon.
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  3. Post #3

    April 2010
    10 Posts
    i also made a thread like this and i have the same problem, (posted in wrong forum,sry) people told me to ensure i had the latest .NET framework (4.0) or replace the hal.dll folder and im doing stuff right now u should also try to do that.and download a free registry cleaner to check if there are any errors in ur hal.dll file
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  4. Post #4
    mini peanut5's Avatar
    July 2009
    638 Posts
    ok i will try the suggestions above, at least i am nt the only one with this problem
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  5. Post #5
    emperus's Avatar
    March 2009
    348 Posts
    Re-install steam.. backup your addons if you care...
    Also, don't join the PERP server with fake players...
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  6. Post #6
    BlockBag's Avatar
    May 2006
    12 Posts
    What is the PERP thing? (Thats how this happened, I joined that server.)
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  7. Post #7
    emperus's Avatar
    March 2009
    348 Posts
    It's a virus server.
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  8. Post #8
    mini peanut5's Avatar
    July 2009
    638 Posts
    is the PERP server a RP server?
    cause i only go on them
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  9. Post #9
    emperus's Avatar
    March 2009
    348 Posts
    The real PERP server is RP, the fake one with fake player slots etc is a virus server
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  10. Post #10
    mini peanut5's Avatar
    July 2009
    638 Posts
    i went on the real server but nt the fake one
    i might try deleting everythin in my garrysmod folder (the first garrysmod folder not the second one)

    Edited:

    it worked! im a genius!
    i simply deleted the folder then went onto gmod and its fine :D
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  11. Post #11
    emperus's Avatar
    March 2009
    348 Posts
    i went on the real server but nt the fake one
    i might try deleting everythin in my garrysmod folder (the first garrysmod folder not the second one)

    Edited:

    it worked! im a genius!
    i simply deleted the folder then went onto gmod and its fine :D
    I'm pretty sure some of us told you to try that... the problem is probably within garrysmod and / or garrysmod/bin

    Funny there is a file called launcher.dll in username/garrysmod/bin uh?
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  12. Post #12
    mini peanut5's Avatar
    July 2009
    638 Posts
    dnt think any1 told me it but i also thought tht it was strange that a file was called bin...
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  13. Post #13

    April 2010
    4 Posts
    The same thing happened to me, I joined a fake server, it crashed the game, I had to re-install it and then I got the error about a launcher. I checked the bin folder and found a file which was not created on the same day I installed garry's mod, the file was called wsock 32, once I deleted it Garry's mod started working again. I'm assuming it will work for anyone else.
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  14. Post #14

    April 2010
    1 Posts
    Yeah i have the same problem :( thought it would be a good buy seeing as i loved all the other valve games.
    But i have tried every thing u have already suggested excppept reinstalling steam. and still nothing seems to get rid of the problem :/ and my comp dosent find any hal.dll files
    dont rather fancy reinstalling all my games i have cause it took so long to download them all. any one got any more ideas?
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  15. Post #15
    L0GIC's Avatar
    September 2008
    257 Posts
    I also had this problem. I fixed it by renaming my bin folder in C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\[YOUR-USERNAME]\garrysmod\

    To something different, then running the game. If you do this, Garry's Mod will think that the bin folder doesn't exist and generate a new one without the corrupted file!

    Just rename the bin folder to like "bin2" or something. You can delete it if Garry's Mod starts fine.
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  16. Post #16
    HL2 Dude's Avatar
    May 2005
    35 Posts
    I'm going to dub this the perp worm just because no one else has. I think there's a more worm aspect to it, for the reason that people who were affected by this worm connected to an RP server I frequent. Now, somewhat randomly the server reconnects people to another server running gm_construct, and then to another running flatgrass. I luckily managed to stop it from happening by hard restarting my computer, however those who didn't and just let it connect had the same problems and the fix did work. So if this happens, I suggest checking your server's bin folder for the same file.
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  17. Post #17
    Gold Member
    squeaky024's Avatar
    October 2007
    2,071 Posts
    I'm going to dub this the perp worm just because no one else has. I think there's a more worm aspect to it, for the reason that people who were affected by this worm connected to an RP server I frequent. Now, somewhat randomly the server reconnects people to another server running gm_construct, and then to another running flatgrass. I luckily managed to stop it from happening by hard restarting my computer, however those who didn't and just let it connect had the same problems and the fix did work. So if this happens, I suggest checking your server's bin folder for the same file.
    This just happend to me, the same exact thing. Fixed it by deleting the wsock file. I was in my favorite roleplay server when my garrysmod started connecting to those servers. I hope Garry looks into this, probably an exploit of some sort.
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  18. Post #18
    HL2 Dude's Avatar
    May 2005
    35 Posts
    This just happend to me, the same exact thing. Fixed it by deleting the wsock file. I was in my favorite roleplay server when my garrysmod started connecting to those servers. I hope Garry looks into this, probably an exploit of some sort.
    I think the easiest way to fix this is to make a blank txt document and rename it to the winsock file. That way it won't redownload. That is unless the creator reads this and changes it but it should work for a while until the script kiddie gets to work on rev 2 and hopefully it should last until team garry patches it.

    Edited:

    Ok, it seems that the wsock file isn't on servers. So I have no idea why this would be happening, maybe another file?

    And could someone post the exact file name of the wsock file?

    Also, I'm no professional but these following files were added to my bin folder today at 6 pm "MenuSystem.dll, server.dll SceneCacheProxy.dll, lua-shared.dll client.dll and game_shader_generic_garrysmod.dll" does anyone else have those? Is it a gmod update or could they be part of the worm?

    I just find it a little odd that they would be added today when all the other .dll's were added when I installed gmod, and that I haven't joined any other gmod servers except my usual RP server and the perp server, nor has gmod been updated since feb the 15th...
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  19. Post #19
    Gold Member
    squeaky024's Avatar
    October 2007
    2,071 Posts
    I think the easiest way to fix this is to make a blank txt document and rename it to the winsock file. That way it won't redownload. That is unless the creator reads this and changes it but it should work for a while until the script kiddie gets to work on rev 2 and hopefully it should last until team garry patches it.

    Edited:

    Ok, it seems that the wsock file isn't on servers. So I have no idea why this would be happening, maybe another file?

    And could someone post the exact file name of the wsock file?

    Also, I'm no professional but these following files were added to my bin folder today at 6 pm "MenuSystem.dll, server.dll SceneCacheProxy.dll, lua-shared.dll client.dll and game_shader_generic_garrysmod.dll" does anyone else have those? Is it a gmod update or could they be part of the worm?

    I just find it a little odd that they would be added today when all the other .dll's were added when I installed gmod, and that I haven't joined any other gmod servers except my usual RP server and the perp server, nor has gmod been updated since feb the 15th...
    The exact filename is wsock32.dll, I opened the file with notepad and its all gibberish except for a few file names and words hidden in the text, and some random parts of addons like stacker, wire touch plate, etc.

    I also could not find the extra files that you mentioned in my bin folder.

    Edited:

    The addons listed inside the file are random and usually have nothing to do with each other, anyways most of the file is unreadable, unless somebody knows a dll reader that turns that gibberish into plain code.
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  20. Post #20
    HL2 Dude's Avatar
    May 2005
    35 Posts
    Ok, I've just discovered something. Do not create a fake wsock32.dll file in either bin folder. even though it's fake, I believe the presence of it tells gmod to use that dll instead of the provided windows one.

    The only way this can be fixed is to have team garry patch it.
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  21. Post #21
    HL2 Dude's Avatar
    May 2005
    35 Posts
    Since this has still not been patched, is there a way to prevent ourselves from connecting to the server? If someone could write something in LUA or etc, to prevent us from connecting to 78.105.233.56:27025, we could effectively stop this from happening.

    -snip I successfully managed to block the ip address via my router for now that seems like the only solution.
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  22. Post #22

    June 2012
    15 Posts
    this error seems to be back... at least for me
    gmod won't start and gives me this error
    gmod 13 doesnt start at all and no error
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  23. Post #23
    bjb126's Avatar
    December 2009
    29 Posts
    Nice necro post ^
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  24. Post #24
    awaldo's Avatar
    June 2012
    3 Posts
    Jossy is right this problem seams to have returned, as I am getting this message as well.
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  25. Post #25

    July 2008
    1 Posts
    same here it started happening after the update
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  26. Post #26
    Cryptokid's Avatar
    February 2010
    10 Posts
    I too am getting this message, however, reinstalling the game did nothing for me. I tried removing various aspects of the gmod folder with no luck. I am now stuck.

    Edit: Posted too soon, issue regarding the update, patience everyone :)
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  27. Post #27
    iOS Developer & Machinima.com Director
    mutank's Avatar
    February 2007
    51 Posts
    From what i've heard, this issue is being caused by the latest TF2 update.
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  28. Post #28
    awaldo's Avatar
    June 2012
    3 Posts
    From what i've heard, this issue is being caused by the latest TF2 update.
    Where did you hear this?
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  29. Post #29

    September 2008
    129 Posts
    From what i've heard, this issue is being caused by the latest TF2 update.
    I had a backup of TF2 and Garry's Mod on another computer and I attempted that.

    Didn't work.
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  30. Post #30
    iOS Developer & Machinima.com Director
    mutank's Avatar
    February 2007
    51 Posts
    Where did you hear this?
    Partly people on my steam friends, and partly common sense.

    What was the only thing to change that could have caused this?

    The TF2 update.
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  31. Post #31
    awaldo's Avatar
    June 2012
    3 Posts
    I had a backup of TF2 and Garry's Mod on another computer and I attempted that.

    Didn't work.
    maybe it's the part of the update that change the source engine and not tf2 itself.
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  32. Post #32
    gunguy765's Avatar
    April 2010
    1,848 Posts
    I can confirm this, another engine update where garry's mod is broken again.
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  33. Post #33
    Pitchfork's Avatar
    September 2010
    356 Posts
    It's all a part of source filmmakers brilliant scheme!
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  34. Post #34
    GlockN9ne's Avatar
    October 2008
    103 Posts
    Source engine update broke Gmod again. Just watch some porn and he'll have it fixed in a jiffy.
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  35. Post #35

    January 2012
    7 Posts
    Was excited, and waited to play Gmod all day long..

    As i sat down..

    1. Turned on the computer

    2. Started Steam

    3. Ahhh Garry's Mod is updating, lovely

    4. Clicked to Play Garry's Mod

    5. Failed to load the launcher DLL

    6. Life incomplete
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