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Regedit. regestry opens in notepad only.


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#1 DefaultDodge

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 11:03 PM

HI,
I can't open my registry In the registry editor. Note pad opens it and It's a jumbled mess.
I recently had a virus I caught off a thumbdrive. v.bug virus which I got rid of with avg in safe mode with sys restore off.
I've run adaware but my system Is lagging somewhat. I am not sure what to do.
I run xp pro on a p4 with sp3.
I run 3 computers. One has a new install. It's my music comptuer. It also caught and has the v.bug virus removed but the registry won't open In that either.
Any assistance would be appreciated.
Thanks In advance.

Edited by hamluis, 19 September 2011 - 09:20 AM.
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 11:23 PM

Let me see if I deciphered your post correctly. When you double click regedit.exe, a shortcut to it or type regedit in the run dialog and press OK, notepad opens like so...

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If so, does it only happen with regedit? If it happens with all exe or shortcuts to them download this: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_exe_fix.zip and merge the reg file into the registry.

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 11:29 PM

Thats what It looks like. all other .exe's open fine that I know of. Same on the second comptuer. It's just the registry editor not opening.

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 11:48 PM

Strange.

OK, try this. Pop your Windows CD in your optical drive. Navigate to i386 and double click regedit.exe. Same behavior?

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 12:36 AM

Yes Same. opens in notepad.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 12:48 AM

Lets try the other registry editor. Click Start > Run > type regedt32.exe > press enter or OK. What happens?

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 12:52 AM

The same. It opens In notepad.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 12:55 AM

Are you sure other exes open OK? Can you try Start > Run > type cleanmgr.exe press enter or OK.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:13 AM

I just reread your post. You say you have 2 computers doing this and they both caught a virus off a thumbdrive. I would say if it's only regedit that this is happening with that you still have an active infection and it is preventing it's use so that you can not eradicate it. Please post in the Am I infected? forum -> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum103.html

Mod Edit: Moved to Am I Infected ~ Hamluis.

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Edited by hamluis, 19 September 2011 - 09:21 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2011 - 10:16 PM

You should always back up the Registry prior to editing it in the futire.

Lets see if you can run MBam. If normal is an issue thatn use Safe Mode.


Next 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.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
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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Posted 22 September 2011 - 05:48 PM

cleanmgr.exe runs fine. Thanks boopme. I'm onto it.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 06:39 PM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 7777

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

9/23/2011 9:36:33 AM
mbam-log-2011-09-23 (09-36-33).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 176842
Time elapsed: 10 minute(s), 18 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 1
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\msconfig.exe (Security.Hijack) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\regedit.exe (Security.Hijack) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
c:\WINDOWS\system32\X62445go (Worm.Brontok) -> Delete on reboot.

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 07:01 PM

That worked Great. On restart I can open my registry.
Man It's good when things just work and work like they should.
Thank you .X. and boopme.
I'm going to try this on the second computer. I believe It should work.
One more favour. Could I be removed from the bans list on #bleepingcomputer.
Thanks Again.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 07:35 PM

Fixed up second computer as well.
Thanks again.

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 02:42 PM

You're welcome!!
Now you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.

Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:Avoid gaming sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories and Risks of File-Sharing Technology.

Keeping Autorun enabled on USB and other removable drives has become a significant security risk due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:
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