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#1 clearnet


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Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:56 PM

Hi All

Windows XP PRO SP3 (Spanish)

I have attached a photo of how how Explorer displays folders when I go into My Computer-Local Disk (C:)-
The folders such as Windows or Program Files are displayed as an executable file, which when double-clicked produce an error (C:\Windows.exe is not a valid Win32 application)
If I type C:\Windows into the address bar, all the files and folders appear just fine
The computer did have some viruses which I successfully removed (I think!)
I have scanned the computer with Avira free and Avast! free and a couple of online scanners such as house-call and panda, but it comes out clean.
Also have run the AVG boot disk scan
I have also run Chkdsk which did report that it fixed some errors but did not help this problem.

I suspect a registry problem or a virus, but don't know where to begin to fix this. Any advice on this would be much appreciated

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 19 May 2010 - 01:48 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

I guess I don't understand the problem with Windows and program files appearing as executables...they are executables.

Are you saying that every...program file...responds with the "not a valid application" message?

Have you tried a repair install of XP?

FWIW: I suggest making all file extensions visible (for all files) and using Detail View if you want to attempt troubleshooting file issues. IMO, it makes it a lot easier to determine if something is amiss with the files.

If you think you have malware issues...tell me and I will move this to one of our forums that deals with malware, as opposed to this forum which is for Windows issues.


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