I know I'm not supposed to bump my own topic, but I have the same problem as this guy:
I am running Vista Home Premium 64-bit
I recently tried installing "spy doctor" because I had this spyware vista gaurdian coming up. I also installed the latest windows updates.
Now, I can browse files on the computer, but if I try to launch ANY program windows asks me what program I would like to use to open the *.exe file. There is a handful of programs listed like firefox, adobe etc. So it seems like programs are working, but I cannot start any of them up through the desktop icons or start menu program list. This includes any windows programs like system restore etc.
Any idea what's causing this and how I can fix it?
...and the suggestion was
Welcome to BC
You are still infected
Vista guardian removal instructions:
I've looked through those instructions, and I've tried running malwarebytes off of my external hard drive and the same thing happens. It asks me what I want to use to open it with and brings up various options that don't work. But at the bottom of the 'open with' prompt it has a link to 'look for the appropriate program on the Web.' I click that and it brings up Google Chrome. So far this has been the only
way I've been able to get on the internet. I've tried downloading malwarebytes and rkill but, again, the exact same thing happens when I try to run them as soon as they are downloaded.
Again, sorry for the bump, but I haven't seen anyone else that has the same problem and I thought a little more info might help
EDIT: and I ended the AV.exe process and the pop ups and everything stopped showing up, but this remains
Edited by dan9d9, 10 February 2010 - 10:01 PM.