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Solved: most of my operating system files changed to lnk.extensions??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by beth3852, Oct 28, 2012.

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  1. beth3852

    beth3852 Thread Starter

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    Hi - I have a Dell PC - Optiplex 760, running Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Office 2003. Yesterday, my daughter played a game online, and suddenly a bunch of my files changed their extensions to lnk. It seems to be limited to things like I-tunes, Adobe Reader, Quicktime, and all the microsoft office programs. I've run Norton anti-virus - there was a virus that got eliminated. I've done system restore, and re-installed Windows XP. Now, I think I'm probably just messing it up. Anyone have a thought on what to do? Thanks, Beth
     
  2. Mark1956

    Mark1956 Malware Specialist

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    Download the attached zip file. Extract it to your desktop and then double click on the reg file, accept any prompts to allow it to merge with the registry.
     

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  3. beth3852

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    Mark1956 - Thanks so much for your reply. Followed instructions - however, the zip file opened into a notepad format - won't go any further. Can you help with this? Thanks.
     
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    I just checked the file on my own XP machine and it worked fine so you must be doing something wrong.

    Click on the attachment, choose Save, on the next window make sure it has Desktop in the Save in box.
    Click the tab at the end of the box to select Desktop if it is pointing to another location.
    Click the Save button.
    The download should then quickly complete, click on Close.
    Shut the browser and any open programs.
    You should see a folder with a zip on it on the Desktop with xp_exe_fix below it.
    Right click on it and select Extract all.
    The wizard will open, follow the prompts to save it to the desktop.
    Double click on the new folder and then double click on the reg file, accept all the prompts to merge it with the registry.

    Let me know how it goes.
     
  5. beth3852

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    Mark - I followed directions exactly. Still same result. File looks like this:



    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
    @="exefile"
    "Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\PersistentHandler]
    @="{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
    @="Application"
    "EditFlags"=hex:38,07,00,00
    "TileInfo"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion"
    "InfoTip"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
    @="%1"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
    "EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
    @="\"%1\" %*"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command]
    @="\"%1\" %*"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler]
    @="{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PEAnalyser]
    @="{09A63660-16F9-11d0-B1DF-004F56001CA7}"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps]
    @="{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]
    @="{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}"

    I extract it to the desktop, close everything that's open, rightclick it, hit "merge". When I get to the merge command, it opens up the notepad app. every time. Really not sure what I'm doing wrong. The only thing I can think of is when I save it to the desktop, I don't rename it or anything. this is how I save it - E:\Documents and Settings\Farrell-Stevenson\Desktop - it opens a new file that when I try to merge - opens up the notepad. Sorry for the ignorance here - really don't know what I'm doing wrong. Really do appreciate your help, though.
     
  6. Mark1956

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    When you see the reg file similar to the one in the attachment try double clicking it instead, you should get a window that gives you the option to Run.

    If that doesn't work either then we are looking at a further file association problem which I shall investigate further, there are some other tools I have to hand.
     

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    I've just written some instructions for a workaround for merging the reg file.


    • Press CTRL-ALT-DEL keys to open Task Manager.
    • Click on File on the top of the window, hold down the Ctrl key and click on New Task (Run).
    • The Command Prompt will open, type in regedit.exe and hit Enter, this will open the Registry Editor.
    • Click on File at the top of the window and select Import.
    • Browse to the Reg file you downloaded and click on it so it is highlighted, then click on the Open button, that should run the fix.
    • Close all the windows reboot the PC and tell me if it has done the trick.
     
  8. beth3852

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    Hi Mari - still not working - clicked, double clicked, triple clicked - won't open up into the Run window. Your continued efforts are much appreciated, truly - thanks, Beth
     
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    There is no Run window in that process, at exactly what point in the instructions are you getting stuck.

    You should be getting to Task Manager, Command Prompt, Registry Editor, browse to the reg file and hit Open.

    More as a reminder for myself we will run DDS next if the above is getting us nowhere.
     
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    Beth: Instead of using Task Manager, See if you can open the Run by pressing the Windows key (it's between the Alt and Ctrl) and the R key at the same time. Win+R

    If Run opens, follow the rest of Mark's instructions in post #7 using the Run box as the command line to type regedit.exe in.
     
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    I've just found another possible fix. With the reg file on your desktop right click on it once, then select Open With. A box will open and you will for sure see Notepad but hopefully you will also see Registry Editor, click on Registry Editor to highlight it and click on OK, accept any prompts that appear to run it.

    If when you right click on the reg file only a small box opens with a few programs listed, there should be an option to Choose Default program, click on that and then hopefully you will see Registry Editor, click on Registry Editor once and then click on OK.
     
  12. beth3852

    beth3852 Thread Starter

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    Ok - it's in the registry file, but I can't get it to do anything. I browsed, and found it. It has a shell, and a command when I expand it, but clicking, or double-clicking doesn't do anything. There is no "run" or "open". There's import, export, connect network registry under file. What should I do from here. Thanks, All for your help.
     
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    your in the right place beth,select the "Import" option
     
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    Mark1956 Malware Specialist

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    If you are seeing that STOP as you may change a registry setting, you need to import the reg fix file from your desktop not open any of the keys in registry editor.

    See if this screenshot helps. Once you have clicked on Open you should see the second image.

    If it still goes wrong try the other method I suggested in my last post.
     

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    Thanks - did that - says it's already imported. It's in the registry - just won't run or open or do the fix.
     
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