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Problems with .exe files...help!


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#1 meg-o422

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 08:30 PM

First of all, sorry if this question is under the wrong topic...I didn't know where to put it.

Recently I've been having trouble opening several programs, from Solitaire and Minesweeper to Windows Movie Maker and, most recently, iTunes. In spite of my very limited computer knowledge, I think the problem is with the .exe files, since when I try to open programs I get messages like this (from attempt to open iTunes):
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe
Application not found"

or I get a window like this (from attempt to open Windows Movie Maker) that says
"Choose the program you want to use to open this file:
File: MOVIEMK.exe"
and suggests Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Notepad, and Steam.

I have the file FixExe.reg on my flash drive from previous run-ins with malware, so I figured I'd run it and see if it helped. But when I tried to open it, it opened a window that said
"Adding information can unintentionally change or delete values and cause components to stop working correctly. If you do not trust the source of this information in F:\FixExe.reg, do not add it to the registry.
Are you sure you want to continue?"
When I click Yes, I get another window that says
"The keys and values contained in F:\FixExe.reg have been successfully added to the registry."
I click Ok, but then nothing else happens.

Why is it not working?
More importantly, is this even the correct way to fix this problem?
Thanks for your help!

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 09:01 PM

Hello, I moved this to Am I Infected as you may be and it's not a programming issue.

IS this XP ,what is your antivirus?

For XP>>
Go here to Doug KNox's Windows® XP File Association Fixes
Run 9th down on left... EXE File Association Fix ... the EXE not EML one.



FOR VISTA
Go to File association fixes for Windows Vista

Click the exe box
Instructions:
To fix the association for a particular file type, download the corresponding fix from the above links table (Use Right-click - Save as option in your browser to download the fixes). Unzip the fix and extract the .REG file to the Desktop. Right-click the REG file and choose Merge. Note that you need to be an administrator to apply these fixes.


Now run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
Download Link 1
Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
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Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

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#3 meg-o422

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 04:15 PM

Ok I tried it and I'm pretty sure I successfully downloaded the association fix, unzipped it, and saved it to the desktop. When I right-clicked the REG file and clicked Merge, I got a window that said
"The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?" and gave me the options Run or Cancel.

When I clicked Run, I got another window that said
"Adding information can unintentionally change or delete values and cause components to stop working correctly. If you do not trust the source of the information in C:\Users\Deb\Desktop\exefix_vista.reg, do not add it to the registry. Are you sure you want to continue?"

I clicked Yes, and then I got a window that said
"Cannot import C:\Users\Deb\Desktop\exefix_vista.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

What should I do now?

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 08:52 PM

Let's try this way.
Right-click on task bar, select Task Manager. In Task Manager, select File > New. Type cmd.exe and press OK.
In the command prompt, type the following pressing Enter after each line.

ftype exefile = "%1" %*
assoc .exe=exefile

Better do copy-paste. To paste in command prompt right-click and select paste. After this restart.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 04:01 PM

If for some reason it killed your right click has some of the stuff I have ran into has. Try using Crtl + Shift + esc to bring up task manager.

Or

Windowskey R for run then type in cmd and enter will also get you to the point you can type his code.




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