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#1 glpete

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:20 PM

I searched but couldn't find anyone else with this problem. I'm running 7 Home Premium 64bit. I've tried everything and had a Pro try to solve this also with zero results. Somehow, Media Center has attached itself to every exe. program/file and I'm not able to open Firefox, Chrome, System Restore, regedit, and on and on. IE 8 does work. I managed to run a free Norton scan which showed NO virus. Remote access from Cloudeight to repair was thwarted, so no help there. I cannot run Malware Bytes or any other cleaner, so really need some expert help. This is being typed on my Gateway XP Pro. BTW, I was using MSE. Thanks.

P.S. I'm not really new here; my former registration got lost in the shuffle, so started another one.

Edited by glpete, 23 November 2012 - 02:22 PM.


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:36 PM

have you tried booting up in safe mod and seeing if you can fix. or can you run msconfig and fix your problem. good luck
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:35 PM

Download or copy the file using a flash drive to corrupted PC

LNK FIX

Launch it and click YES

Restart the PC

Edited by narenxp, 23 November 2012 - 03:36 PM.


#4 glpete

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:30 AM

Yes, I've tried safe mode and I can't access msconfig or regedit or cmd.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:36 AM

NarenXP: Thanks for your interest. Could you go into a bit more detail regarding that link you recommended? I successfully downloaded it to the infected Toshiba, but I need to know how to proceed. I appreciate it.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:44 PM

but I need to know how to proceed. I appreciate it.


Just double click the registry file and click YES when you receive UAC prompt

Restart the PC.Icons should get restored.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

As I indicated, there is no way to access the registry because Media Center has taken over all exe. files and programs.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:34 PM

You are not providing enough info.What happens when you double click the registry file.Does it open windows media center ?

If yes

Right click on the registry file and select OPEN WITH

click on CHOOSE DEFAULT PROGRAM

click on BROWSE

select C:\windows\system32\cmd.exe

and click ok

Now command prompt window should launch.Type this command in the window

assoc.lnk=lnkfile

Press <ENTER>

Restart the PC,any change?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:32 PM

I appreciate your input, but as I said, I am not able to open ANY exe. file. Windows Media opens no matter what link I click on. The Registry file doesn't show "Open With" just open, and again, Windows Media opens. Aaaargh!!!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:30 AM

Restart the PC

Press F8 on bootup

Select REPAIR YOUR COMPUTER

Click on REPAIR

On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:

Startup Repair
System Restore
Windows Complete PC Restore
Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
Command Prompt

Can you get to this screen?

If yes, select system restore and try restoring to previous point

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:31 PM

I've tried that, but it requires a password???? Is there a way to circumvent that?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:32 PM

Nope,do you have any other user accounts?

If you have any text files in your corrupted profile,right click on it.Text files should have a OPEN WITH option even if there is LNK corruption.

If you can see an OPEN WITH option,try the method i suggested before.Launch the command prompt screen and then run the command.

Edited by narenxp, 27 November 2012 - 09:33 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:10 PM

NarenXP, I finally got to the Repair Window, but System Restore will not work there either. I guess I'll have to contact Microsoft directly. Thanks for your input.




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