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Removed XP Antivirus 2010 has left programs not working

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#1 Stowaway


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Posted 11 February 2010 - 06:03 AM

Hi, so last night I spotted my firewall turning itself off and instead this XP Antivirus 2010 started running out of AV.Exe

I knew this was a bogus antivirus telling me I was riddled with viruses and purchase now etc etc

I tried to run Malware Bytes, it just launched the AV.Exe, so I ran super anti spyware instead and it cleaned out AV.Exe as a trojan.

I restarted in safe mode, and tried to run malware bytes, it didn't work, I get the message "choose the program you want to use to open this file" everytime i'm trying to run a program now.

Being in safe mode there is the option to login as Administrator, not my usual account, and in there programs seemed to work, so I ran malware bytes quick scan and it got a few more trojans and registrys out of there (sorry don't have log i'm at work, can't get net on that PC now)

Restarted in normal mode, logged into my usual login, still no programs will run. Get that message, and other stuff gives a rundll.exe error

At start up none of the usual programs that would run at startup are running.

I've read elsewhere to dl a file that will restore my .exe associations, i'm hoping it's as simple as that and not something horrible?

Thought i'd pop by here for some advice on it before i do anything, when I get home i'm going to take a look and run a full malware bytes scan, see if this association .exe fix works...

Do I need to do more? Going to take this laptop home from work so I can access the net and try fixes.

Is typical. I just ordered a new PC, but I don't want to lose all the files on that one before I can move them over!!

Thanks for advice.

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#2 drevenflow


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Posted 13 February 2010 - 05:38 PM

Same problem happened to me last night. I'm on my laptop now, and would appreciate any help getting my file associatons restored. I even tried System Restore and this did not help. In desperation, I did a manual removal of av.exe but will run a malware scan from a link I found. Hit me back if you ever find a solution, please!

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