Cannot open any program after Vista Antivirus MW removal

December 26, 2011 at 00:13:09
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium - 32 bit - Service Pack 2, 2.5 GB
I recently had a malware trojan called Vista Security 2012. I am running Vista 32 bit. I used Malwarebytes to remove it and only could execute it by running as an administrator. It removed the Malware issue but now cannot open any program on my computer without a prompt saying "choose the program in which you want to open this program with". Malwarebytes quarantined 2 files, 1 registry data and 1 registry value.

Are my registry values now corrupted and/or missing? I also noticed that my sidebar no longer loads upon boot up and also a few taskbar items are missing as if it's in selective start-up. I also did a full Mcafee scan after the malware was removed and reported no issues. I can however open any program but only right clicking as an administrator.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

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December 27, 2011 at 10:50:24
Ahhh yes... that pain in the ass..

What this virus does is it alters the registry entry for program executing, it's a real pain, but real easy to fix. Click the link I included and it will have exact instructions from Microsoft on how to do it.

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December 29, 2011 at 19:57:39
Thanks for the help! It's fixed...

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December 30, 2011 at 08:02:53
You are very welcome!

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