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Can't Run Any Exe Files


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#1 bonez07

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:07 PM

My brother just brought his computer home, it can't run any .exe files. It always brings up the "Open With" screen and asks me to choose a program to open the file with.

Also when I go to control panel and double-click on anything, such as User Accounts, it says "Cannot find C:/Windows/system32/rundll32.exe" when it's there. I even tried copying rundll32.exe from a normal computer onto my virus-infected one and it still says the same thing.

Another problem is that once I login to the only account on the PC, it automatically restarts itself. But if I open up Task Manager and just delete some processes that look suspicious, it stays on for a lot longer. But sometimes when I exit Task Manager, then it'll just restart itself.

Any help would be appreciated. Right now the only solution I have is back up all important files and format.

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:58 PM

BleepingComputer.com - Am I infected What do I do - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 02:11 PM

Most likely infected mate.

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:14 PM

I think you are infected as well.
Before this topic gets moved by an Moderator I want you to try the following and see if it works:

Please download this .zip fileto your desktop. Extract it all.
Now go to Start>run> and type in "regedit %userprofile%\desktop\xp_exe_fix\xp_exe_fix.reg" without the quotes
See if that works and reply back. If that doesn't work it probably is a malware issue.

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#5 bonez07

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 08:35 PM

I will try this tonight and let you know.

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 09:21 PM

Doesn't work. It asks me what program I'd like to open it with. When I double-clicked the file itself, it said "Registry editing has been disabled by administrator." This is odd because there's only one account which IS the administrator on that computer.

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 11:12 PM

I really can't suggest anything as I have not seen a problem like this before. Maybe a system reformat?

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 04:35 PM

I really can't suggest anything as I have not seen a problem like this before. Maybe a system reformat?


That's what I'm doing in a couple days, once I find my XP CD.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:59 PM

Please try this (borrowed from Quietman7)

This step involves making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes.

Go to Start Run and type: regedit
Click OK.
On the left side, click to highlight My Computer at the top.
Go up to File Export
Make sure in that window there is a tick next to "All" under Export Branch.
Leave the "Save As Type" as "Registration Files".
Under "Filename" put RegBackup.
Choose to save it to C:\
Click save and then go to File Exit.
Or you can download and use ERUNT which is an excellent free tool that allows you to to take a snapshot (backup) of your registry before making changes and restore it when needed.

Click on the link below:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Scroll down to #275 and click "Lift Restrictions - TM, Regedit and CMD" in the left column. Go to File, choose "Save page as" All Files and save regtmcmdrestore.vbs to your desktop. Double-click on that file to allow the script to run and reboot when done. Since the script modifies certain registry settings your anti-virus package may warn you about it. Ignore the warning and allow it to run.
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