Having downloaded a dodgy file from a P2P website I am now unable to use any .exe files upon start-up.
When I start up the computer it runs fine. But when the final desktop screen comes up the programs in my quickstart menu have no icon pictures nor do those in my start menu.
If I go to 'my computer' then under the 'tools' tab, select 'folder options' then under the 'file types' tab select 'new' then add EXE before clicking 'advanced' and assigning EXE to an application the icons do reappear in my quick start menu and those programmes are then able to be used.
The icons in my start menu do not reappear until RKill is run however, and once this has been run all executable files run fine.
This seems very strange, since the RKill report shows nothing has been modified, and the report reads:
This log file is located at C:\rkill.log.
Please post this only if requested to by the person helping you.
Otherwise you can close this log when you wish.
Rkill was run on 25/10/2011 at 15:20:37.
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP
Processes terminated by Rkill or while it was running:
Rkill completed on 25/10/2011 at 15:20:42.
I have run Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, Microsoft Security Essentials as well as Registry Mechanic to no avail.
I wonder if anyone had any ideas how I could get my computer back to normal without having to run RKill and change the settings for the EXE file extension each time I start up? I have also noticed that Microsoft security essentials does not appear in my notification area (bottom right hand part of the screen)as it was previously upon starting up...
I hope to have given as much information as possible and any help would be much appreciated!
Edited by hamluis, 25 October 2011 - 10:59 AM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected.