Vista - unable to open any .exe file

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alex_d

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Hi, everyone!
Unable to open any.exe file. "Open with" pops up everytime i try to open any file. I need to install antivirus software, but can't do it. Please reply asap.
Thanks in advance!
 
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Am I correct to assume that as you are trying to install Anti Virus software that this means you don't presently have any?

Some infections will block connections to Anti Virus sites or block the installation.

You would be better off opening a new thread in the Malware forum to get help as your system is probably infected.
 

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What i ment was - "open with" window pops up everytime i want to open any .exe file. I had avast antivirus, but it expired. So i downloaded avira to install. Now i don't know how to cancel "open with" window from popping up. I want the OS to find proper programs for opening .exe files itself without asking me every time.
 

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Try this fix: EXEFIX

Unzip the fix and extract the .reg file to the desktop. Double-click it to merge it to the registry. Note that you need to be an Administrator to apply this fix.

Restart 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.
 

alex_d

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Thank you, Phantom!
Got it done!
But now all got much werse.
Can't find any files (pctures, movies etc.) Everything is gone. Nothing on the desktop except the recycle bin and Internet explorer shortcut.Getting loads of error messages like:
- "Hard drive clusters partly damaged. Segment load failure"
- RAM memory reliability is extremely low. This problem may cause system failure
- Critical error. Hard drive critical error. Start a system diagnostics. bla-bla-bla... Got it done. Found some problems (mistakes). 8 of all can't be fixed.
- Critical error. Windows OS can't detect a free hard drive space. hard drive error

Can anyone help with this?
 

alex_d

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One more error message popped up saying:
- Files indexation process failed
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This is looking like an infection. It is either that or your hard drive is failing. The first thing I would do before you try anything else is to back up all your important data to CD's or DVD's.

To check the hard drive you should run the manufacturer's diagnostics as follows.
If chkdsk /r command and the diagnostics come up clean then I would suggest you get help in the Malware forum or do a format and reinstall the OS. By the sound of it your file system is badly corrupted so a reinstall may be the better option but not without checking the health of the hard drive first.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturer's diagnostics for ISO (CD) not the one for Windows.
When the download is complete right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD.
In Windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts. For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. ImgBurn
Install the program and start the application. Select the top left hand option to burn image file to disk and then on the next window click on the small yellow folder icon and browse to the file you have downloaded from the links below. Then click on the two grey discs with the arrow in between (bottom left) and leave it to complete the operation.
Boot the PC into the Bios setup and set the CD/DVD drive to 1st in the boot sequence. Insert the disk in the drive then reboot and the disc will load into dos.
Excelstore
Hitachi/IBM
Samsung
Seagate, Maxtor & Quantum
Western Digital
Toshiba/Fujitsu
If you have a Toshiba/Fujitsu hard drive I would suggest the use of the diagnostics from the Seagate link as this will work on all makes of drive and on any OS.
 

alex_d

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Thanx for above instructions!
Got it running more or less.
How can i get my files back to burn them on cd/flash memory?
Can't find them in the system, but when the antivirus is scanning the system it scans all the files that i can not find in the system.
any suggestions?

Thanx in advance!
 
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It's not clear what instructions you have followed, running the disk check or the manufacturer's diagnostics.

Is there no trace of your personal files, can you still see the folders that they used to be in, if so, right click on the folder and select properties and see if it tells you if there are any files still there.
 
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