Nasty virus; cannot open any program...

June 12, 2010 at 13:59:32
Specs: Windows 7, Phenom 720, 2x2 GB RAM

I installed a program and received trojan alerts from Windows Defender and Avira Antivir, but I followed Defender's advice and rebooted my computer like a fool. Now I cannot open any .exe file. I can't even scan for viruses! I tried logging into safe mode, disabling all non-MS services and all startup items, yet I still cannot open any program. I receive the following message when I (or Windows at startup) try to open something: "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005). Click OK to close the application."

I am quite dumbfounded, as I never had to deal with a virus that wouldn't let me open ANYTHING.

Does anybody have some advice? Thanks a bunch!


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#1
June 12, 2010 at 14:05:20

Use the following .exe fix found here, please run it in safe mode: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass... (download the one that says .exe). I would try downloading that in Safe Mode with Networking if possible. I would also download and do a full scan with Malware Bytes found here: http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebyt... (scan in Safe Mode with this as well). If this doesn't work, let me know please!

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#2
June 12, 2010 at 14:11:50

Thanks for the quick reply, but sadly, none of these tips work.

I had already tried the fix, but I get an error when I run it (maybe because it's an XP fix and I'm on 7 x64? No clue).

I also cannot install Malware Bytes, as it is an executable. It gives me the same error :s


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#3
June 12, 2010 at 14:34:18

That's probably it as it's made for Windows XP. Heres the link on how to restore file associates back to the default in Windows 7: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

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#4
June 12, 2010 at 14:53:43

Tried it, doesn't work either :(

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#5
June 12, 2010 at 15:08:11

Do you have a Windows 7 disc available?..

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#6
June 12, 2010 at 15:16:13

Yes, I do.

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#7
June 12, 2010 at 15:27:41

I suggest trying this last fix here: http://en.kioskea.net/faq/1570-unab... . and if that doesn't work, try using the recovery console in Windows 7: http://www.faultwire.com/solutions/...

Also, if you're able to bring your system back up to normal, please do a scan with http://forums.majorgeeks.com/chasla... , also please post a log of MGtools, after you scan.

Also, is your computer Vista compatible/have you ever had Vista on it before?

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#8
June 12, 2010 at 17:02:02

I guess my only option is to try the recovery console, then reformatting if it doesn't work...

My computer is Vista compatible, but I've never installed it on this PC. Went straight from XP to 7.


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#9
June 12, 2010 at 17:08:12

Please do try the recovery console, and then if that works, please do a scan with MGtools and post a log as asked, and I'll look over it.

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#10
June 13, 2010 at 23:36:05

Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore.System Restore starts.
Welcome to System Restore page opens, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if not already selected). Click Next.
Rest of the activities are clearly specified, go on with the instructions. You may choose a Restore Point (a date your computer was in good health) and go on as per the instructions. Once this is over, computer automatically restarts and you have DONE.

Kristain Hayes


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#11
June 14, 2010 at 13:27:16

I'm not sure that fix^ would have worked, as said restore points could have been corrupted. Correct me if I'm wrong..

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