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#1 Rustik

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 06:10 AM

Hi Guys.
Nasty little irritation on XP (SP2).
I can't open .EXE files. Updates from Adobe flash, CCleaner, etc, download to desktop but when I try to open or run them, I just get the eggtimer for a few seconds, then nothing. Anyone got a sure-fire, (preferably simple) way of correcting this?
Needless to say, I've run all the scans, (Malwarebytes, ESET, ADW and Housecall) and everything comes up clean.
I suspect a registry corruption.
Any help greatly appreciated.
Thanks.



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Posted 10 March 2016 - 12:12 PM

There is a program called FixExec.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/fixexec/

 

I don't know if FixExec is the right solution for you, it's just a suggestion. (I also don't know if FixExec will work)

If you decide to use FixExec, you SHOULD make a Backup of ALL your Files on your XP Operating System.

You should at least make a backup of all your Personal Documents on your XP Operating System.

 

Usage of FixExec is at your own Risk. Before using it, backup all your Important Files and Folders.



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Posted 10 March 2016 - 11:21 PM

Try to read the OS requirement for software that you are downloading from Internet.

 

Many software not longer support XP and they just wouldn't run/install into your system



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Posted 11 March 2016 - 06:55 AM

Have you tried a repair install of XP?  Have you tried installing SP3 and all subsequent critical updates for XP?

 

With only SP2 installed...there is a serious malware possibility.  I don't know the exact number of critical updates post SP2 but I'm pretty sure the number is well over 100.  Any sort of system impairment may be the result of malware.

 

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 09:54 AM

Thanks to all you guys.

However, the solution seems to have been much simpler.

The issue is now resolved (at least, today) in the following way.

I looked at the properties of two .exe files on my desktop (which has been my download destination for years without problems)

that wouldn't open. I discovered they were both BLOCKED. Clicking UNBLOCK allowed both files to run and install correctly.

What I am now curious about is why downloads should suddenly become blocked when they never were before.

I repeat my earlier point that Malwarebytes, ADW, ESET and Housecall have all come up clean with no sign of any infections.

So is this sudden and unexpected blocking a sign of infection or some other glitch somewhere?



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Posted 11 March 2016 - 11:45 AM

Frankly...I've never heard of an application having a "blocked" status, but you might take a look at Google Results For Application Blocked .

 

Any questions about malware should probably be asked in a forum dealing with security and malware...not here.  The scope of this forum does not included attempting to offer advice/suggestions about malware, for the protection of members with such potential/actual issues.

 

Louis






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