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Can't run any programs?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Santana, Apr 5, 2010.

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  1. Santana

    Santana Thread Starter

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    On my parent's computer, they had a virus, I believe it was Total XP Security. I went into Safe Mode with networking to try and remove it, but it showed up in safe mode and prevented me from using IE. I renamed the IE .exe and it still wouldn't let me run it.

    I then restarted the computer, and I no longer see the virus (Total XP) icon in the taskbar, however, when I try to run a program (Command Prompt, Adobe Acrobat, IE), it says choose the program you wish to open this file with. I'm trying to access the internet and I choose IE (after renaming the .exe back to it's original name), IE opens for a second, immediately closes IE and asks if I would like to run/save this file, with the name iexplore.exe from Program Files\Internet Explorer. I run it, and it takes me back to the choose a program list, it's just a loop. I click save, tried saving it to some directories and running it again, even from the saved directories and it puts me back at the select a program list.

    I've tried the steps listed here ( which are run cmd, but that still has me ask for what program to open with and tried pasting a fresh rundll32.exe into system32.):

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com...r/thread/9910b19b-536f-48c8-9400-00b03438c417

    Sorry if this all sounds confusing, I'm feeling a little helpless and out of my league with this virus/problem. Any help would be great.
     
  2. Tufenuf

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    Go to the link below and scroll down to line 12 (left column) and click on "EXE (lnk and regfile) Fix for Windows XP" to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it or right click it and choose "merge" and answer yes to the import prompt.

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    If you can't run the file do the following:

    Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager. Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run). This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.exe and press Enter. Once regedit is open click File>Import and locate that reg file fix, hilite it and click Open.

    Note: If you can't access the Internet with the problem computer use another computer to download the reg file fix onto a CD, thumb drive, or floppy and transfer the file to the problem computer.

    After that .reg file is merged into the registry successfully restart your computer.

    Tufenuf
     
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