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XP Internet Security; cleaned but still problems w/ .exe files

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#1 steve1227


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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:40 AM


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.

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#2 steve1227

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 11:24 AM

never mind - I found this: http://filext.com/faq/broken_exe_association.php which was a pretty easy fix. All applications now working properly! Hopefully someone else will get some use out of it.


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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:02 PM

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