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#1 jamesdoster

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 03:49 PM

Hello,

I have tried everything i possible can do to try to fix it on my own...but here is the issue-

About 3 months ago my norton found a virues and deleted it, the virues made norton think it was deleting it but deleted some kind of important file that runs all .exe files-
I try to open paint- a window pops up and says "open with" i find the program and it just keeps doing it.
I try to open internet- same thing happens
i cannot open any file without this comin up...i have no idea what to do and i cant afford to go out and buy another OS

please help

EDIT: Moved from XP to Am I Infected forum ~ Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 21 June 2010 - 04:23 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2010 - 08:02 AM

Some malware infections target .exe files and alter associations. Without repairing the file association ALL .exe files will lose functionality.

If you are still unable to run any .exe applications, .com files, please refer to these suggestions:
  • EXE File Association Fix by Doug Knox (xp_exe_fix.zip).
    • Extract (unzip) the file to your Desktop.
    • Double-click on xp_exe_fix.reg and choose "Yes" to merge it into the registry when prompted.
    • Restart the computer and check if you can run an .exe program.
  • Easy File Associations by Doug Knox (fileassoc.txt) to re-associate individual file associations to Windows XP defaults.
    • There is also a link to download a .bat file (xp_fileassoc.zip) which will restore all of the "default" associations in XP.
    • Extract (unzip) it to your Desktop.
    • Double-click on xp_fileassoc.bat and choose "Yes" to merge it into the registry when prompted.
    • Restart the computer and check if you can run an .exe program.
Other Options:CAUTION: Some of these steps involve making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes. If you are not familiar with working in the registry, then you should NOT attempt to make any changes on your own. ERUNT is an excellent free tool that allows you to to take a snapshot (backup) of your registry before making changes and restore it when needed.
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 12:06 PM

i thank you for your help but i have dont that and still cannont open anything on my computer, i am at a friends computer right now, anyway i dont know whats missing or what its doing but i still cannot open any programs

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 12:45 PM

i thank you for your help but i have dont that

Done what? I provided several suggestions...are you saying you tried them all none were able to resolve the issue.

What happened when trying each? Any error messages?

BTW, when did this problem first start? Have you tried using System Restore or System Restore from a command prompt in Safe Mode to return to a previous state before the problems began?
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:58 PM

i have done each step one bye one, there is no error messages.....i am trying the best i can to explain it to you, i cant perform a system restore the computer runs it and when it restarts it ask me to what to open it with, i followed what my teacher said to was to find the file and run it.......but yet system keeps trying to do restore over and over again.....




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