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artichoke

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i can't open anything in windows cause all the shortcuts are messed up and practically no program will open because "rundll32.exe cannot find what program was used to create it"

Anyone who has technical skills know how to fix this without formatting?

Correction, I didn't lose any files, but no programs can be opened (when I say programs, I don't just mean like flash, internet explorer, aim, etc). Practically nothing opens, and any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Welcome to TSG! Looks like you may have the Klez32 Worm or some virus. Scan your system with an up-to-date anti-virus program.
 

artichoke

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No see, the problem is, I think something happened to my registry. I tried to fix my pre-installed Windows XP, and after that I tested winamp by doing "open with...." and choosing winamp.exe and it's worked. But I mean, all of my .exe files are showing up as blank, like as in they don't know which program to use. I can't just do that to every single one, it'd take forever. Is there a simpler way to fix this? Also, I can't get into my System portion of My Computer to go to the system restore thing that would set Windows back before the registry got changed.
 
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Hey Artichoke,

I'd do what Emtronics suggested. Research on the Klez32 virus shows:
W32/[email protected] also infects executables by creating a hidden copy of the original host file and then overwriting the original file with itself. The hidden copy is encrypted, but contains no viral data. The name of the hidden file is the same as the original file, but with a random extension.
There is a go Symantec Security Response page. And if you do not have an antivirus program, try the free online scan at Trend Micro's Housecall

I'm thinking like Emtronics, you have a virus problem and not a registry problem. Things just don't happen to the registry, viruses cause them a lot of the time.

Anyway, that's my view.
 
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If you did a re-association of your .exe files, then you got a screw up going. Try System Restore, and restore to a point back BEFORE you did this. If that don't work, the the Recovery CD is next. Otherwise, that Klez32 worm makes things act exactly as you describe. Check for the virus first.
 

artichoke

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i'd do what you described, but I can't because I can't get to the system restore option. It says the link is gone, also I already tried repairing the files using the Windows XP cd. Is there anyway to do a system restore in dos?
 

artichoke

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Okay, I'm trying to fix the file associations myself by using the registry, but it says to find the file that created REGEDIT.exe and I go to C:\WIndows\Regedit.exe and choose it, but it says this


Are you sure you want to add the information in C:\WINDOWS\REGEDIT.exe?

Registry Editor
Cannot import C:\WINDOWS\REGEDIT.exe: The specified file is not a registered script. You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor.
 
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regedit is a program that edits the registry. To fix file association you should go to Windows Explorer, then to Tools and then Folder Options. Choose the File Type tab. You can re-asscoiate files there. If you can that is
 

artichoke

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Yes that's what I"m trying right now, thank you. But I don't really get what to do. Every single program doesn't open unless I do it manually. Do you know if there are any programs I can download off the internet or any applications that will reset the associations to their defaults?
 
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