I was recently infected with a rogue antivirius program which calls itself "XP Internet Security". I was unable to use Malwarebytes, but I was able to run SuperAntiSpyware, which I believe got it. I have Windows XP on a HP Media Center Desktop, about 4 years old.
The new problem is, I cannot run any apps except for Internet Explorer; when I try to open any desktop icon, a window comes up asking what program I would like to open it with. I am able to use the task manager, and it looks like most of the normal processes are running as normal. When I first got the infection, I had removed Malwarebytes and tried to download it again, so the setup is one of the things I cannot run.
I picked up from another thread on here a link to Doug's site with the file association fixes. I was able to download the zip file and unpack it. I was also able to open regedit using a command prompt window. However, when I try to import the reg file, I get an error message saying the registry cannot be accessed.
Am I still infected? Or is there another way to fix the registry? Or will I have to run my recovery discs?
Any helpful hints will be vastly appreciatted!
Edited by steve1227, 30 January 2010 - 09:57 AM.