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#1 Ccharge

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 12:17 PM

Today I got my computer infected with XP Defender Pro. I successfully got rid of it but either I in the removal process or the virus did something to damage my computers knowledge of how to run things.

When ever I try to run most programs I get a window called "Open With" that asks me to choose the program i want to open this file with. This happens with everything besides a few like IE. This happens every time I select something to run including .exe files.

I also get a error message with Add or remove programs that says "C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe Application not found" This may also be occuring with other programs I have not tried yet.

System restore wont work because the only avalible restore point is when the computer was infected with XP Defender Pro and I want to only re-fortmat my harddrive as a last resort.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 01:19 PM

You might try Exe File Association Fix from http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm.

Before running this, you should backup your registry. Even though the following is a somewhat standard edit, any registry edit should always be preceded by a backup.

Demystifying the Windows Registry - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/...l74.html#backup.

A good program for backing up the registry easily, ERUNT Registry Backup Tool - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/erunt.html

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 02:16 PM

Hey, thanks for the help. Solved the problem :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 02:51 PM

Kudos to Doug Knox for providing these edits...happy computing :thumbsup:.

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