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Some malware infections target .exe files and without repairing that file association ALL .exe files will lose functionality.
If you are unable to run any .exe applications, the first thing to try is to check your file association for .exe files. Open the "File Types
" dialog box in Windows Explorer or My Computer. Go to Tools > Folder Options > File Types tab. Scroll down to where .EXE would be in the alphabetical order and make certain .EXE is not there. If it is, then edit it there by changing the association to Application
. Select the New button, type in EXE for the extension and select the Advanced button. From the list pick "Application."
If that does not help, then see:
"Unable to Start a Program with an .exe File Extension
"Fix or Restore Broken .EXE .LNK .COM Association Caused by Virus
Note: Some of these steps involve making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes
. If you are not familiar with working in the registry, then you should NOT attempt to make any changes on your own. Improper changes to the registry could adversely affect your computer and render it inoperable.