cant open programs in xp

May 21, 2011 at 11:33:44
Specs: Windows XP
i cant open any programs without having to use the Open With dialogue box in XP.

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May 21, 2011 at 12:36:53

Run the following and see if you are able to open files:

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 title:

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

Now, go to the Desktop
Double click on the XPexefix.reg file
When prompted, say yes to merge into Registry
Reboot to take effect.

Any progress?

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July 13, 2011 at 08:27:37
When i do it it says: C:\Users\User\Desktop\Xpexefix.reg cannot be imported: Not all data could be sended to the registration database. The system or other processes have open keys.

What should i do?

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July 13, 2011 at 09:37:32

Try the following:

Download exeHelper from one of these two places:

Save the file to the Desktop.

XP users, double-click the file to run it.

A black window should pop up
Press any key to close, once the fix is completed.

Post back on how it goes.

We will also need to take care of removing the malware so this does not happen again.

Retired - Doin' Dis, Dat, and slapping malware.

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