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Windows 10 issues. Cannot run EXE files

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#1 waltgokey


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 09:21 AM

good afternoon, 


I was hoping to get some advice on my current Windows 10 issue.


I cannot run EXE files. I have reset Windows 10, and even tried a new install


There is one thing that worries me, there is an "antimalware service" running under Task Manager which i am not sure it should be there, but i cannot stop the services.


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#2 Niweg


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 09:49 AM

 If you can get to Task Manager, you ARE running EXE files.  The antimalware service you see there is part of Defender which is integrated into Windows 10.  Which EXE files are you having trouble with?  The first thing you should do is to open Defender and do a full scan for viruses.  After that download MalwareBytes, get it up to date, and do a scan with it.  Then open an administrator command prompt and issue this command: sfc /scannow .  After that, if you're still having problems, post a new note in the Am I Infected forum.


 Good luck.

Make regular full system backups or you'll be sorry sooner or later.

#3 rp88


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Posted 07 July 2016 - 01:36 PM

Could this perhaps be your problem:


I've heard that windows 10 will sometimes refuse to run certain downloaded exe files if they are unsigned. If AND ONLY IF you can be ABSOLUTELY sure that the exe file you wish to run is safe and trustworthy then the article above explains how to do it.

Look at that howtogeek page, does the error it describes match the problem you're having? If not your issue will be something else.

I would guess that by "I cannot run EXE files" waltgokey means he can't open exe files he has downloaded, because if exe files couldn't run at all then he wouldn't be able to do anything, no browser (because every browser needs an exe file of some sort, no file explorer because that is explorer.exe, no command prompt as that is cmd.exe, no task manager, no control panel or any of the functions it lets one access...

A virus scan is highly advisable though, and if you're planning to run an exe file you've downloaded best to virus scan that file with your antivirus, and with a second opinion scanner, and with virustotal.

Edited by rp88, 07 July 2016 - 01:37 PM.

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