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.EXE files unable to open.

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Solartide, Jul 8, 2007.

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  1. Solartide

    Solartide Thread Starter

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    All the .exe files on the computer cannot be opened. If I right click on the program, there is no open link.

    http://img127.imageshack.us/img127/172/opennq1.png

    I managed to open Firefox by right clicking a .bmp file, and open with: Firefox. Firefox gave me an error but opened up anyway. I did the same thing to open up paint.

    Whenever I double click on the .exe file, the icon becomes a lighter shade than those around it.

    http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/1962/lightpa8.png

    When I try to use a shortcut to get to the program, I get this:

    http://img461.imageshack.us/img461/6461/errorfi0.png

    Which is why I could not use the answer supplied in this topic:

    http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/468131-lnk-error-registry-probs.html

    Lastly, upon boot, on the loading screen where it says "Welcome", there is a strange box that appears with characters such as "?$"$!?" and the button "OK".

    Thank you for your time.

    And I'm on XP SP2
     
  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Can you download files from the net?

    If you take one of these exe's and change the extension to COM will it run?
     
  3. Solartide

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    Tried it, COM doesn't work either.
     
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    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    I've asked that a Gold Shield "specialist" review this thread.
     
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    Hmm, another hitch:

    Sorry, your browser does not support ActiveX or it is not enabled.

    Which is strange, it was enabled before this all happened.

    Wait, it worked on IE.
     
  9. bbearren

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    Do you have IE7 installed, and can you get it to run the way you can get Firefox to run?
    Can you enable Active X in Firefox after you get it to open?
     
  10. Blackmirror

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    Put your cursor over EXE files in XP in line 12. Click once. Download the
    .vbs script (desktop is a good place). Double click on it. Allow it to
    change the registry. Reboot. See if your problem is resoved.
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    and then see if you can run exe files and we will have a hjt log ready for th security folks
     
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    Solartide Thread Starter

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    lets try something else

    can you do a system restore
     
  14. Solartide

    Solartide Thread Starter

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    Indeed, I was planning to try to do a system restore, after this online ewido scan finishes.
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Let us know the results of the system restore and if that doesn't work, I will post with further instructions.
     
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