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Cannot run .exe files after virus removal

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#1 steve1227


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Posted 29 January 2010 - 06:45 PM

Hi everyone,

First off, thank you to this site for pointing me to Super AntiSpyware, which I used to successfully remove a rogue antivirus thing.

However, I now cannot run .exe files, except for Internet Explorer. I tried getting the file association fix from Doug's site, but my computer says it cannot access the registry when I try to import the file. Am I just going about it wrong?

Thank you in advance for any help in getting things back to normal!


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Posted 29 January 2010 - 07:10 PM

My (limited) experience with malware is...it's not uncommon for various key Windows processes to be killed off (made inaccessible) by various malware items.

My systems never get infected, but it seems that I have friends who have friends with infected systems.

Had a system (friend of a friend) a couple of days ago that appeared to have the Personal Securiy malware item. But I suspect there was more, since I managed to remove that (attached the drive as a secondary to 2d computer, ran Malwarebytes) and reattached the drive to the affected system.

Same restrictions...no access to regedit, no ability to connect to Microsoft, no ability to install or run any programs, no Task Manager on the affected system.

Made two attempts to do repair installs...files appeared to install...screen would hang on "Please Wait" indefinitely on the reboot effort where the new system files get registered, load, etc.

After a few hours of this and another trip to my other system (ran Avira Free, found more malware items) and another, last (unsuccesful) effort at a repair install...I did a clean install and gave the system a clean slate (for the time being). I had fiddled away about 8 hours that I could spent here at the forum, learning and trying to assist.

FWIW: There is no known (to me) product that removes everything, there is no known product that finds all malware...and there is certainly no known product that can undo all the unknown damage that may have been done to the system.


#3 steve1227

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 10:20 PM

Well I can access regedit by using the task manager and opening a command prompt window. And I am able to open the registy folders when I get there too. It's just that when I try to import the reg file, I get an error message saying that the registry cannot be accessed. Maybe there is a way to copy/paste the contents of the reg file?

Or will I have to pop in my recovery discs? Not looking forward to that!


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Posted 29 January 2010 - 10:23 PM

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