Vista Defender messed me up!

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LandonCamp7

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About a week ago I got a pop-up for a "Vista Defender." Found out it was a virus and went through the process of cleaning up the mess it made. I removed the virus manually but now i have a error message come up everytime i try to click into anything with the ".exe" extention. the error message says

"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel."

I cannot system restore and my computer didn't come with a disk to restore the factory settings. I have everything i need on a ZIP drive but need help restoring my computer back to its original state. I really dont want to have pay the Geek Squad $130 to fix it. Anything will help! Thank you VERY much!
 

Phantom010

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Try this fix: EXEFIX

Unzip the fix and extract the .REG file to the Desktop. Right-click the .REG file and choose Merge. Note that you need to be an Administrator to apply this fix.

Reboot the computer.

If the fix only opens as a text file, right-click it and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
 

LandonCamp7

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This may seem dumb but i computer illiterate. I'm on someone elses computer with my laptop infront of me. how do i get to the EXEFIX manually?
 

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I'm guessing you can't connect to the Internet with the faulty computer?

If so, use a working computer, the one you're using right now, download and save the fix. Then, copy the file to a USB flash drive or other removable media. Plug it into your faulty computer, save the fix on it then run it as described above.
 
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