all programs on my laptop opens with explorer

November 17, 2010 at 06:56:35
Specs: Windows 7
I am not sure if this is a virus or my kids clicked on something, but all the icons and programs on my laptop opens with explorer. When clicking on it, it opens with IE, ask you to download(open, save) usually we choose cancel. no matter what all the programs are not behaving like they should or opening. Not sure what to do or how to get around this problem. Please help

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November 21, 2010 at 12:46:29
You kids may have accidentally clicked "open program with" option and clicked open with IE, and now all your .exe files runs with explorer. Click the Start->Run menu item, In the text box, enter cmd, and press Enter. In the opened window, type ASSOC .exe=exefile and press Enter. This should help
Also you can try scanning your computer for spyware. Some types of spyware may be interfering with your system. Try spybot and superantispyware. Both are free. Download links Download, install and update.

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November 22, 2010 at 06:33:06
thank you, i will try that
I remember before i tried to look for run, but I couldn't find in. I am using windows 7

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November 23, 2010 at 06:09:26
I had to go to the properties in the task bar and customize to show the run option
but still, it tells me it cannot find the 'ASSOC' file. Other times it asks me to pick the file type I want to open the 'ASSOC' with.
I also downloaded the Godzilla spyware, and at the end it asks me to pay if i want my viruses to be cleaned. I thought this was free.

Still do not know if this is a virus or bad click, please help


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