It is not uncommon for malware to target .exe files and alter associations, especially those related to anti-malware tools in order to block them from scanning your machine. Without repairing the file association the .exe files will lose functionality. There are various ways to repair the association but they may or may not work. To temporarily fix you can use command.com.
Press the Windows Key + R
keys on your keyboard or go to
, and in the Open dialog box, type: command.com
At the command prompt, type or copy/paste: ftype exefile="%1" %*
Then type: Exit
to exit command.com.This should restore the default association for .exe files but only temporarily if the virus is still active.
Other fixes include:
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. ERUNT
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.
However, you are more likely to be successful if the malware has been removed first. If that's the case, please refer to the suggestions provided in For those having trouble running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware