While I have come across P2P users that get slapped by such, you didn't tell us about your backup system. Some have an USB HARD DISK with no write protection so the trojan or such goes and works that over too.
-> Last hurrahs.
1. Send a file to someone and see if it works on another machine.
2. Go get VLC PLAYER and test a file.
3. Tell me about that windows reinstall. It's rarely done right so tell all the dirty steps.
New to CNet with a problem I've never even heard of before.
I'm a voiceover and audio production hobbyist, and I spend a lot of my time recording or mixing sound files in Adobe Audition (1.5 / 2.0). For close to four years, I've never had this sort of problem:
Last night, I tried opening up one of my projects in Adobe Audition, and for some reason the program was telling me that it was not a readable format. I tried it in Windows Media Player, and even WMP said the following: "The file you are attempting to play has an extension that does not match the file format. Playing the file may result in unexpected behavior." However, when I force it to play the files anyway, it plays back perfectly.
I tried it in QuickTime, and they were incredibly distorted. Winamp wouldn't even load them into the Playlist Editor.
Now, the thing is... not every single mp3 has been affected this way. Only some, and there doesn't seem to be any apparent pattern or reason. There are some mp3 files that I haven't touched in weeks that were also affected by this somehow, so it isn't a faulty export of some kind.
The odd thing is... I had every single sound file backed up on an external HDD. So, I decided I would just do a destructive reformat of my computer and start all over again. I loaded up my basic software needs, and transferred over my sound files.
The problem did not leave.
So now, I am sitting here with months of work down the drain unless someone can come up with any clue as to how this came to happen? I've never heard of normal sound files suddenly becoming corrupt out of nowhere.