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Can't Open Programs (.exe Files)


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#1 Phatima

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 11:53 AM

Everytime I click on an 'exe' program I get a box saying (example):

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C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
Windows cannot find 'C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the start button, and then click search.

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It won't let me open the programs. I can open up word, and notepad but I can't open the .exe files.

I've been in My Computer, changed the folder options of the regestered file types and created a text document named repair.reg but it doesn't seem to solve the puzzle! I'm also running an online scan as I cannot run my anti-virus scan on my computer, it's the pandascan and I will post the results as soon as I get them.

Please can someone try to make sense of this and give a helping hand, will be very much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 12:27 PM

If Panda finds malware on your computer, I would suggest you follow the directions below. If it doesn't, run the Super Antispyware scan.

Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/

Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

Post a Hijack This log in the appropriate forum by following the directions in the link below.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 12:35 PM

1: Panda did find a lot of stuff but I am unable to go into Safe-Mode as when it loads up, it just stops? I'm really confused.

2: I am doing that online scan now thanks.

3: I don't think I will be able to run the hijack this program as it is an .exe program?

I think if I was able to do a system restore it should sort the problem out but I do not know how to access it as it is an .exe program. Maybe there is a way to change the file type around?

Thank you for your help anyway.

Edited by Phatima, 22 March 2007 - 12:36 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2007 - 01:02 PM

How to start Windows in safe mode
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/

As far as the Hijack This log goes, all you can do is try.
If you have a problem getting HijackThis to run, try renaming it to something else like "myscan". If needed you can also change the .EXE to .BAT, .COM, .PIF, or .SCR. All all are valid for renaming it.
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 01:05 PM

See if anything here might help:
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 01:52 PM

Thank you guys, I managed to solve the puzzle!

For future reference:

I saved the following code (on a new text document) as *.INF file type, right click & select "Install".

[Version]
Signature="$Chicago$"
Provider=balthaZor

[DefaultInstall]
AddReg=UnhookRegKey
DelReg=del

[UnhookRegKey]
HKLM, Software\CLASSES\batfile\shell\open\command,,,"""%1"" %*"
HKLM, Software\CLASSES\comfile\shell\open\command,,,"""%1"" %*"
HKLM, Software\CLASSES\exefile\shell\open\command,,,"""%1"" %*"
HKLM, Software\CLASSES\piffile\shell\open\command,,,"""%1"" %*"
HKLM, Software\CLASSES\regfile\shell\open\command,,,"regedit.exe "%1""
HKLM, Software\CLASSES\scrfile\shell\open\command,,,"""%1"" %*"
HKCU, Software\M'zoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System,DisableRegistryTools,0x00000020,0
HKCU, Control Panel\Desktop, SCRNSAVE.EXE,0,
HKLM, SOFTWARE\Classes\exefile,,,"Application"
HKLM, SOFTWARE\M'zoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon, Shell,0, "Explorer.exe"
HKLM, SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SafeBoot, AlternateShell,0, "cmd.exe"
HKLM, SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\SafeBoot, AlternateShell,0, "cmd.exe"
HKLM, SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Control\SafeBoot, AlternateShell,0, "cmd.exe"
HKLM, SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot, AlternateShell,0, "cmd.exe"
HKCU, Software\M'zoft\Internet Explorer\Main, Start Page,0, "About:Blank"
HKLM, SOFTWARE\M'zoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\SuperHidden, UncheckedValue,0x00010001,1

[del]
HKLM, SOFTWARE\Policies\M'zoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore, DisableConfig
HKLM, SOFTWARE\Policies\M'zoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore, DisableSR
HKLM, SOFTWARE\Classes\exefile, NeverShowEx


Thank you for all your help, very much appreciated!




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