Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:43 PM
This is happening on Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3.
I get the error "Choose the program you want to open this file" when trying to open Firefox. It happens for every other EXE (like calc) as well, but only in Normal Mode. When I'm in Safe Mode, everything works fine.
It's weird because I cancel the error and it actually pulls up an Untitled webpage in Firefox and lets me browse.
Many sites have mentioned an EXE reg fix which I have merged with my registry in Safe Mode and it has no affect on being able to open EXEs in Normal Mode.
Other steps I have taken include a full Spybot S&D scan/removal, a thorough HijackThis scan/removal, GMER scan/removal, ComboFix scan/removal, MalwareBytes Antimalware scan/removal, and ESET's free online virus scanner.
I have performed all these diagnostic steps in Safe Mode with Networking.
I even went into Set Program Access & Defaults to ensure that Firefox was selected as my default browser.
Any other ideas to get rid of this error besides the steps I took above?