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Application (exe) Icons Are Gone


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#1 rpaquitania

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 06:15 AM

Hello to everyone! I hope someone can help me on my problem. Based on my attachments, my application or exe icons are not showing their real icons. I dont know what to do anymore. I already scanned for a probable spyware or any infection but nothing happened. I hope I could turn them back to its original icons. I saved my itunes installer to my flash disk to try if this will look the same on my friends laptop but unfortunately, it showed the real itunes icon. Is there any settings or registry that I need to edit on my system? Please help me guys!

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 06:59 AM

You'll have to be sure that your system is free of malware before trying the fix below. If your system is infected the best case is that the fix will fail - the worst case is that it can open up additional ways to infect your system. Try one of these free, online scans first:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal
<links compiled on 02/14/2008>
<links reordered on 09/10/2008>

Once that's done, try the "EXE File Association Fix" on this page: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

This is the code contanied in the registry file for the above fix:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
@="exefile"
"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\PersistentHandler]
@="{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
@="Application"
"EditFlags"=hex:38,07,00,00
"TileInfo"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion"
"InfoTip"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
@="%1"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
"EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler]
@="{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PEAnalyser]
@="{09A63660-16F9-11d0-B1DF-004F56001CA7}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps]
@="{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]
@="{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}"

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 01:38 PM

thank you usasma! i was able to restore my icons. however, i think i ruined my exe files. after editing my registy, i cant access regedit again its "access denied" and same to all my programs. Hope you can help me with this. Thanks!

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 02:30 PM

Did you scan for viruses/malware with the links that I suggested? If so, what were the results? Which scans did you use?
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Posted 01 October 2008 - 01:49 AM

hi usasma! i was able to resolve the registry problem and my icons as well. what i did last night is i edited [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\defaulticon], just had trouble when i mistakenly edited the entry for \shell\open and shell\runas. im so glad that i have emergency utility (copy_of_regedit/ms-dos) and so i was able to re-edit my regedit again- after fixing the problem I scanned my whole system using mcafee security and it hasnt found any viruses. Thank you very much! you really are a big help to me. Thanks again!!!!

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 05:09 AM

Now that it's running properly, I'd suggest making a backup of your registry. Registry work is exacting, and if you change a lot of values - one might mess up the system.
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