Hi all,My PC has gotten Stupid
During start-up I would occasionally get a message that Windows had to use a back-up copy of my registry and it was successful. This concerned me a little but my system always started and ran fine after this message.
Then after one of these start-up registry messages, my Desk top Icons and all of my program short cuts (even when using Start, All Programs) were changed. They no longer launch the programs. I get a message window pop-up that says Windows doesn’t know what program this file should run with. I checked the short cut properties and all of the file types are now .LNK files. They are no longer recognized as shortcuts. Even if I install a new program, the short cut created for it is the same, an .LNK file.
I can run all of my programs but have to open the shortcut properties and then “Find Target” to get the .exe files to launch the program. This has become a minor inconvenience but I am concerned about bigger problems that may exist.
The only two programs not affected are Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
I run Norton Virus scan once a week and three different spy ware programs once a week.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.