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.exe Files Start Asking To Be Opened In Applications


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#1 rcribb1

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 09:57 AM

For some reason any .exe file I try to run now brings up the "open with" box wanting to know if it should be opened with notepad et al. 1) what could have caused this and 2) how can I get the system to start recognizing .exe files again? Thanks loads in advance


(Moderator edit: thread moved to more appropriate forum. jgweed)

Edited by jgweed, 01 June 2008 - 04:41 PM.


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Posted 31 May 2008 - 10:15 AM

Hello rcribb1.
  • Click on your Start Menu, then Run.
  • Copy in assoc .exe= exefile
  • Hit OK
Does the problem persist?

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 10:26 AM

Didn't work. The Run box says "open" and then when I type it in it says windows cannot find "assoc.exe=exefile"

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 10:33 AM

I think that you want to run it from a command prompt...Start>Run>cmd...OK....Then type the statement in the previous post and hit enter. Type exit and hit enter to close command prompt.
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 10:39 AM

Hello.

Sorry my mistake.

Please download this file to your desktop. Extract the contents onto your desktop. Keep it in the same folder name.

Open your task manager (CTRL_ALT_DEL) . Click File, Run.

Copy in regedit "%userprofile%\desktop\xp_exe_fix\xp_exe_fix.reg"

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reason for edit: add info

Edited by PropagandaPanda, 31 May 2008 - 10:41 AM.


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Posted 31 May 2008 - 12:37 PM

Thanks I have dowloaded it but when I try to go to task manager it says it has been disabled by the administrator. What are the steps to get it to come up? Sorry for the trouble.

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 12:42 PM

Hi rcribb1,
You don't have to use the task manager to do that.
There are two ways:
1.Go to Start>Run>regedit "%userprofile%\desktop\xp_exe_fix\xp_exe_fix.reg
2.double click the extracted folder, and double click on the .reg file, click run and press ok.
That will add the registry information.

I was wondering though. does it say that it was disable or did say adminstrator restrcition or something like that?

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 12:46 PM

The exact quote is "task manager has been disabled by your administrator"

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 12:51 PM

Hi,
If your task manager was disabled without you doing anything it might be a malware of some sort most likely a virus. To enable your task manager you can do it by going to Start> Run>REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
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Start>Run>regedit
Before we do anything lets backup the registry
navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Right click on system and press export and save it somewhere handy.
Now Delete "DisableTaskMgr ".
If anything goes wrong just double click the .reg file that you export and it will add the information back.

1.Go to Start>Run>regedit "%userprofile%\desktop\xp_exe_fix\xp_exe_fix.reg
2.double click the extracted folder, and double click on the .reg file, click run and press ok.

Does that work though?
Edit: add information

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 03:15 PM

These symptoms are frequently a sign of a malware infection. I'd suggest trying one or two of these free, online scans to make sure that something hasn't snuck by your protection:

Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully:

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 04:02 PM

Sorry for the delay in responding. First thanks loads for the help. My .exe files are working and have task manager working as well. I did have a virus/Malware. I have run ad aware, spybot, malwarebytes, Superantispy and spyware doctor and they have gotten most of them off. There is one however that keeps coming back. It is CoolWeb. Everything finds it and says its deleted, but in seconds it returns. Does anyone know how to keep it from returning? Once I have that one eliminated I should be good. You guys are great!

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 04:06 PM

Hi,
edit: Just remebered I am not allowed to help you with any malware related... Don't worry other people will tell you
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 04:28 PM

Hello rcribb1,

If you are referring to "CoolWebSearch", you can download the CWShredder tool to remove it:

http://us.trendmicro.com/us/products/perso...dder/index.html

Also, there is a reference to the CWShredder tool here at Bleeping Computer:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/405/antivirus-antimalware-and-antispyware-resources/

and a tutorial:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/remove-coolwebsearch-with-cwshredder/




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