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Windows cannot open any .exe files

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#1 flatcat47


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:15 AM

Got that virus that gives fake virus warnings. (gotta be a conundrum there)
Went to wife's computer and downloaded Malwarebytes on a CD, went to my computer and ran it, removed that virus and 107 other items.

Now...understand that my Windows XP Home has been corrupted forEVER, and I have no desktop and no access to the Start button, and mostly cannot download and install anything. My workaround is through Task Manager. Went around this on a forum for a couple weeks, tried all sorts of things, no joy. I am prepared to cut the mustard and install a new HD/OS as the solution to this and other problems.

At this point, when I try to open Firefox, or Notepad, or anything, I get a message saying Windows cannot open this file: notepad.exe, without knowing what program created it, etc...... Also, "cannot open cmd.exe" came up upon rebooting.

Don't know if I can get into registry (don't have Run) or anything.

Have you any ways to recover from my recovery, or think I should go ahead with the uber-fix?


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#2 Jim Ow

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 06:34 AM

Hi Flatcat,

The issue you have is a problem with the File Associations. As you said this normally happens after removing a fraudulent security software.
You will have to apply the following to the Registry, just download the file depending on your operating system and then double click it to merge it to the regitry, this should resolve the issue.

Whole list of File Associations

Direct link to .EXE XP Fix

Whole list

.EXE Direct link

Hope it helps. If it doesn't, however, I'de be tempted to just wipe windows & reinstall it.

#3 flatcat47

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 10:43 AM

That fixed it. Too bad! Now I can put off really fixing my computer some more....

Thanks, Jim!

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