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Can't Run .exe Files


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#1 mjcarmo

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 07:30 PM

Hi All...

I''m only new here but desperate for some of the knowledge you fine people have.

Since trying to protect myself against pop-up and junk etc, I installed Microsoft Antispyware Beta, then removed it and since then I've had problems were I can't run any .exe file. Even running MS Office programs won't load.

I''m running XP Media Centre, 1GB ram and on a PIII.

Can any help, this is very frustrating?

Matt

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 07:56 PM

Were any error messages displayed when you tried to run applications?

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 08:27 PM

Naaa, all that happens is the little timer icon apears nears the cursor for a second or two after you double click on the .exe file and then that''s it. You here the hard drive try and work but once the little hourglass timer icon disappears, everything stops. it''s odd...

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 08:46 PM

Perhaps you would like to explain the process u did to remove the application?

Did you reset your computer after u remove it? :thumbsup:
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#5 mjcarmo

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 08:58 PM

I installed the prgm, ran it twice and the decided I didn''t want it as it didn''t find any problems and went the add/remove prgms and deleted it. I didn''t restart the pc, well not straight away - a few hours later.

That''s the last prgm I could install. Since then the I can''t run any exe files. All the regular prgms [explorer, outlook] work fine but dowload a prgm and try and run a setup.exe and nothing happens.

I''ve looked around google and a common reply is that the registry files for need to be set but they haven''t changed...

Any idea''s, I''m lost!

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 11:13 PM

mjcarmo,
I've split off your HJT log from your post here, and moved it to the "HijackThis Logs and Analysis" forum.
That's the proper forum for it.
The HJT Team will look it over, and see if there are any malicious programs running, that could be causing your problems.

Here's a link to your log:
mjcarmo's HJT log

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#7 mjcarmo

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 11:19 PM

No worries TG.....

Just trying to help you, help me... thanks for the heads up!

Cheers

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 12:08 AM

Do you have a system restore point that is dated before you deleted the Microsoft Anti-spyware beta?

If so, use it.

Did using system restore resolve your problem?

If so, think carefully before removing the MS anti-spyware beta again as it provides real time protection against myriads of types of malware, unauthorized registry changes, etc, in fact, I would suggest you update it to the new version, MS DEfender that was just released yesterday.

Edited by Enthusiast, 16 February 2006 - 12:09 AM.


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Posted 16 February 2006 - 11:10 PM

Thanks for the advice, I thought it would work but alais... the computer wins again.

I tried to run the system restore but, like the many other times, it will not open the prgm. I click on system restore thru start - prgm-accessories - system tools and it makes a beep noise then goes back to the regular cursor and nothing happens. I''m begining to think a corrupt file because some prgms work but others refuse to load...

This is driving me mad.

Any more idea''s to run a system restore?

Thanks again...
Matt

Edited by mjcarmo, 16 February 2006 - 11:12 PM.


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Posted 16 February 2006 - 11:27 PM

Try forcing it to open by using the task manager.

Ctrl/alt/del pressed at the same time.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 03:58 AM

I've found an .exe fix on the internet - Before we start we need to backup the registry. I recommend trying this more simple approach to backing up the registry.

1. Click Start /Run and type in "regedit" (no quotes).

2. Next, click the File menu, Export

3. Select a location from the resulting box and give your backup registry a
name. Something like:

Regbackup 02-17-2006. <-- I just put todays date.

:thumbsup: Just a quick note: by default, Windows backs up the registry when you shut down your machine. The above is probably best used for those (like myself) who are editing registry settings, such as we are about to do!

Now, Try downloading this regfix:

www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/exefix.reg

Save it to your desktop and double click on the file. It will merge and give a success message.

Reboot and try and open .exe's now - does it work>

David

Edited by D-Trojanator, 17 February 2006 - 07:23 AM.


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Posted 17 February 2006 - 06:32 PM

Thanks D-Trojanator....

I did everything you suggested to the tee, I actaully did it twice.

But, alais, no success yet again.

I agree with your line of thought with it being a registry problem but the odd bit is that some prgms, the ones i use everyday work, it's only the prgms I haven't used for a while that refuse to co-operate.

For instance, MS Excel quickly flashes it logo after clickin on it but it pulls up stumps a fraction of a second later.

Do you know ways to do a system restore thats unconventional.... Enthusiast suggested forcing it thru ctrl-alt-del... where do you go from there?



Thanks for everyones help....
Matt

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 10:19 PM

Open the task manager (Ctrl/alt/del) and click add new task

Type the name of one of the aps that won't open.

Anything?

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 06:24 PM

Thanks again for your help but the same thing happens, it flashes up then shuts down again.

Whats the name of the exe file for a system restore?... May be I could force that open... or can you do a system restore in safe mode?

Thanks
Matt

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 08:41 PM

Just giving this a bump to see if anyone can help... please, i''m getting desperate..

Thanks




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