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Xxx.exe Is Not A Valid Win32 Application-then 'open with' dialog box opens...

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#1 mo-chan


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Posted 18 December 2008 - 12:15 PM

While I did read this topic, and tried to comply with all of your instructions as given, it has simply become impossible to do anything more than what I am doing right now - and even that much is apparently aminor miracle (this is my friend's laptop I'm trying to help him with). So - what's happening is that any and all actions that would entail accessing a .exe or .com or .bat (basically any executable file) causes the computer to bring an "Open With..." dialog bog with a list of programs in it, in which you can sometimes click the browse button & find the correct program, but most of the time not. I think I just got lucky last night when I managed to install Malwarebytes on it, and although the full scan did turn up quite a few items of interest, including a BHOTrojan, there wasn't really anything that would explain all this. There arent any other symptoms - say for instance, any popups happening - and a 2nd full scan with Malwarebytes says thew system is clean. Oh, I almost forgot - those .exe the computer says its missing? Well, they're all right where they are suppposed to be; however their corresponding icons have been deleted, it would seem. They all have what appears to be a Notepad .exe icon instead. Have you guys ever seen anything like this before?

Edited by Pandy, 18 December 2008 - 12:56 PM.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 01:35 PM

First, please do this, to be sure you're free of mlware:

Please use the Internet Explorer browser (or FireFox with IETab), and do an online scan with Kaspersky Online Scanner

Note: If you have used this particular scanner before, you MAY HAVE TO UNINSTALL the program through Add/Remove Programs before downloading the new ActiveX component

Click Yes, when prompted to install its ActiveX component.
(Note.. for Internet Explorer 7 users: If at any time you have trouble with the "Accept" button of the license, click on the "Zoom" tool located at the bottom right of the IE window and set the zoom to 75 %. Once the license has been accepted, reset to 100%.)
The program launches and downloads the latest definition files.
  • Once the files are downloaded click on Next
  • Click on Scan Settings and configure as follows:
    • Scan using the following Anti-Virus database:
      • Extended
    • Scan Options:Scan Archives
      Scan Mail Bases
  • Click OK and, under select a target to scan, select My Computer
When the scan is done, in the Scan is completed window (below), any infection is displayed.
There is no option to clean/disinfect, however, we need to analyze the information on the report.
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To obtain the report:
Click on: Save Report As (above - red blinking arrow)
Next, in the Save as prompt, Save in area, select: Desktop
In the File name area, use KScan, or something similar
In Save as type, click the drop arrow and select: Text file [*.txt]
Then, click: Save
Please post the Kaspersky Online Scanner Report in your reply.

Edited by superbird, 18 December 2008 - 01:36 PM.

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