I had a rogue Anti-Virus Program on my computer (automatically downloaded, I didn't do it), and all of the anti-virus forums said to stop a certain .exe file. Well, I couldn't get online to find out which exe it was, but I remembered that all of the ones I've seen have been 3-4 characters long in their name, so I stopped all the 3-4-character-character EXE files I saw in the Task Manager. I tried going to cmd prompt and regedit in the run command, and the Anti-Virus window came up, but not CMD Prompt or the Registry Editor. I also noticed that every time I tried going to those places, sfy.exe would pop-up in the Manager, so I thought that that was the executable for the virus. I found the file, deleted it, then emptied my recycle bin to get rid of it. It didn't go away. Turns out that it was actually a system file that associates .exe files to something. Now, whenever I open up an EXE file, such as Firefox, it asks what program to use to open it. It's really annoying! Plus, I can't open any of my Microsoft Office programs.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! The only thing I know to do is save what I can and just do a complete system restore, but I'd rather not do that unless I absolutely have to.
Edited by hamluis, 01 July 2011 - 06:49 AM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected.