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Executable files damaged with .lax extension

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by jackstarke, Jan 10, 2011.

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  1. jackstarke

    jackstarke Thread Starter

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    I am running Windows XP and Microsoft Security Essentials.

    I recently downloaded a program "Play It All". I subsequently went to Add and Remove Programs and removed "Play it All". After I did this all of the executable files on my desktop now had extensions of .lax and could not be run. Also I could not run any programs by using Start All Programs.

    After a mild panic, I was able to restore my system so that everything worked normally by starting Windows in the Safe Mode and taking the option to restore an earlier version. After doing this everything worked, but now "Play it All" showed up in the Add and Remove program list.

    I then tried to delete any viruses I might have had by running deleting all temporary files and running the following anti virus and malware programs: CWShredder, Stinger, SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes- AntiMalware, and Microsoft Security Essentials. I used the latest updated version of all of these programs. SuperAntiSpyware and AntiMalware were the only programs that found and problems, which were corrected.

    At this point my system was running normally and since I had hoped that any viruses had been removed, I once again ran Add and Remove Programs and removed "Play it All". Again the same problem re-occurred with all executable programs having the .lax extension making it impossible to execute them.

    Does anyone know of a way to remove "Play it All" without encountering this problem, or should I just leave the program there and hope it does not cause a problem down the road.
     
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