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#1 JJBladester

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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?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 05:32 PM

Did you try a different browser, in case it'a Firefox issue?

Did you try uninstalling/reinstalling Firefox?

Are you saying that you cannot run any .exe file in normal mode...but they all work in safe mode?

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Edited by hamluis, 03 May 2011 - 05:34 PM.


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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:02 PM

Did you try a different browser, in case it'a Firefox issue?

Did you try uninstalling/reinstalling Firefox?

Are you saying that you cannot run any .exe file in normal mode...but they all work in safe mode?

Louis


He says calc has the problem too, so it's not related to Firefox.

If they all work in safe mode, I would suspect a rouge startup program or service.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:32 AM

Hell it appears to be a fairly well hidden bit of malware. We need a deeper look. Please go here....
Preparation Guide ,do steps 6 - 9.

Create a DDS log and post it in the new topic explained in step 9,which is here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs and not in this topic,thanks.
If Gmer won't run,skip it and move on.
Let me know if that went well.
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