Solved All programs ask what would you like to open, Windows 7

July 17, 2012 at 01:09:04
Specs: Windows 7
I had the exact same problem that this user had - ( except that instead of it being on a Windows XP machine, this is on a Windows 7 machine. If I'm not mistaken, the user in the thread that I listed above got a virus that simulated a spyware progra, that automatically "scanned" your computer and found multiple virus's and makes you pay to get rid of it. I used Malwarebytes to get rid of the program a long while back, and now I'd like to try and get this computer fully functioning again. I'm fairly certain I got rid of the virus, but as in the thread listed there are registry errors that need to be resolved. And to be clear, the machine I am posting on is infactm the computer that has the problem.


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July 17, 2012 at 01:13:09
Additionally, if the link that I posted does not lead to the topic and cannot be found, here is what the user said exactly:

We had the xp security virus on one of our computers. We ran malwarebytes to remove the virus but now when we open any program on the computer a windo opens asking us what we would like to use to open the program. Any idea what would cause this?

And the solution that was given to him was this:
Let's see if this gets you going...

Open Notepad: Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad
If you cannot open Notepad, press CTRL ALT DEL (simultaneously), and open Task Manager.
Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key
Click: New Task (Run)
This opens a Command Prompt window.
Enter: Notepad, and press Enter.
Now, copy and paste ALL the Registry code that appears below into Notepad, including the Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 portion

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"






@="\"%1\" %*"


@="\"%1\" %*"






[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]
In Notepad go to File and select: Save as
Save as: xpexefix.reg
Save to the Desktop (or to a flash drive if doing this on a W7 box. You will have to insert the flash drive in the XP box to proceed, and move the file to its Desktop.)

Now, go to the Desktop
Double click on the xpexefix.reg file

When prompted, say yes to merge into Registry
Reboot to take effect.

If double-clicking on the xpexefix.reg file does not work, then:

Press CTRL ALT DEL (simultaneously) and open Task Manager.
In Task Manager, click File
Press the CTRL key and click New Task (Run).

At the Command prompt, type the following: regedit.exe
Press: Enter

In the Registry Editor window, click File > Import and locate the xpexefix.reg
file you copied to Notepad. It is on the Desktop.

Highlight the xpexefix.reg file, and click Open.

You will be notified when the file is merged successfully into the Registry

Now, restart the computer.

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July 17, 2012 at 14:31:06
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Have you tried the EXE fix on here?

Select it from the list (about a third of the way down the page).
Save the reg file somewhere and double click it - OK all prompts.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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July 18, 2012 at 03:26:35
You're the best man, that completely fixed this computer. I broke it May 11th last year and finally got fed up with it.

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July 18, 2012 at 05:47:43
Glad to hear it worked for you and thx for popping back to let us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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