Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:36 AM
This is an "All of a sudden outta the blue" problem. A couple of days ago I booted up and no matter what I tried to open, the only program that would open was ToniArts EasyCleaner. This is a free utility with a variety of useful toos I've had on my PC for a year or so (never had a problem with it). I had not used it for a while, and was not using it when the problem appeared. EasyCleaner whould also open when I selecter anything in 'Control Panel' or attempted a 'Run' command. The work-around has been to open Explorer, navigate to the programs .exe, right click and select 'Run As'. I was still not able to use any R8un commands or open anything in 'Control Panel' but was able to find and delete every instance of EasyCleaner.
I can still use the work around, but now instead of opening a program when I select something off the 'Start' menu, the 'Open With' dialog box appears. If I attempt to open something in 'Control Panel' I get the following message- C\WINDOWS\system32\rundll.exe Application not found. It is rite where it's supposed to be, in 'system32'.
My AV is Kaspersky internet Security 2010 and it gave no indication that something was amiss. I made sure it was up to date and ran a full scan and still nothing.
Any suggestions as to what has happened here and how to fix???