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i dont know if this has been asked before but i need help after i rebooted all my .exe files just get the unknown program error anyone know how to fix this
 

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it works but once i restart it goes back it shows on adwatch that it just gets modified again
 
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Don't restart immediately then. Do the patch and then remove the program blocking the change -- either that or launch System Restore to return you to a date before these problems.

Unfortunately it sounds like you may have had some malware that created the problem in the first place and System Restore may restore that.
 

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yes it doesnt do anything and ive done countless searches / scans and nothing works ive restored like 3 time nothnig works
 
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Can you create and upload a Startdreck log?

http://www.niksoft.at/download/startdreck.htm


Instructions:

Run StartDreck.exe. Click the 'Config'. In addition to the default checks, include the following:

Under 'Registry' - All registry options
Under 'System/Drivers' - Running Processes and List Modules
Click 'OK'. Now, back on the main screen, click the 'Save' button > Give it a name and click 'Save' > locate it and launch it.

Upload the log as an attachment since it should be far too long for a copy/paste

Also do the same with "rootkitrevealer":

http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/RootkitRevealer.html
 
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You are missing a great many file associations. In addition to "exe" you are missing .reg, .bat, .com, .pif, .scr and .lnk

I don't think you saved the Startdreck configuration settings as I recommended before running it. It is missing most of the information I'd like to see.

Under 'Registry' - All registry options
Under 'System/Drivers' - Running Processes and List Modules
Click 'OK'. Now, back on the main screen, click the 'Save' button > Give it a name and click 'Save' > locate it and launch it
see the attachment.

What happened with the attempt to run rootkitrevealer?

Can you also post a HijackThis scanlog?

Download and install HijackThis using the "self extractor". Run it and select "do a system scan and save the log file". Then copy/paste the contents of the log to a reply

http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/files/hijackthis_sfx.exe


>> you say you have run System Restore a few times -- how far back did you go? If you can go farther, try it.
 

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i tired to do a system restore but i never noticed that they no longer work they get interrupted and say you can not restore to this point no matter when it was
 
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A similar startdreck log for my system is under 60 kb.

Anyway, for now let's get rid of this:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/[email protected]

Print these instructions or have them in a notepad file on your desktop.

1 >> Start by downloading and unzipping the attached regfix zip file. Completely unzip it and have it on the desktop. Do the same for piffile.zip

2 >> Reboot in Safe Mode.

3 >> Once the file is uzipped (not in a zip folder), right click on regfix.INF and select "install". There will be no prompts or confirmations.

4 >> Run HijackThis and check and fix these entries:

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =

R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing

F0 - system.ini: Shell=Explorer.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\winmgd.win
F1 - win.ini: run=C:\WINDOWS\system32\mouse_configurator.win

5 >> In Folder Options > View, make sure "show hidden files" is enabled".

6 >> go to Start > Run, and enter: services.msc

Find and STOP these three services if running and then doubleclick it and set the startup mode to "disabled":

NTBOOTMGR (NTBOOT), NTSVCMGR, and NTLOAD

7 >> Go to Start > Run, and enter cmd

At the prompt carefully type and enter each line:

del C:\WINDOWS\system32\winmgd.win
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\mouse_configurator.win
del C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DRIVER\ntuser.exe
del C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DRIVER\ntsrv.exe
sc delete NTBOOT
sc delete NTLOAD
sc delete NTSVCMGR




8 > reboot and go to:

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

Download and run the patches for the following files:

exe, .reg, .bat, .com, .scr and .lnk and .vbs

Unzip and run piffile.reg to merge it as well.

Post another HijackThis Scanlog and try to do Startdreck again. Don't enable every option, just the ones I indicated. If necessary zip it and upload it.
 

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it didnt work i noticed that the first 4 things you told me to delete could not be located
 
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That's not necessarily a problem. Just complete all the directions as far as you can. Then post a new log. Try to post startdreck as well. I can't confirm what has worked and what needs to be done if you just respond with "it didn't work".
 
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Did you run all the registry pateches? And did all the ones with .reg extensions indicate they were successfully merged to the registry?

How big is the Startdrecklog unzipped and how big is it zipped?

If It really shouldn't be too big for an upload here if you are just enabling what I indicated.

If not, just do it as you did originally so I can see what the file association list shows after you have completed all the directions.
 
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