Open With. It won't let me open anything

June 17, 2011 at 10:05:53
Specs: Windows 7
I'm on a laptop right now trying to fix my main computer. Every time you try and open something a box pops up that says, "Open With." It gives some options, but none of them work. I'm not able to run either Malwarebytes or Avast now. Before this, it had a virus and I had shut it down for a week till I could use another computer to deal with it. That Virus seems to be gone, but I think its infected my computer pretty badly.

I actually have no idea what Window number it is, I'm fairly (okay, I'll admit, Terrible) bad at technical stuff, so thanks for any advice. By the way, I did look at several old threads on this matte, but I couldn't make them work, especially the ones that told you to download something, because I can't get on the internet

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June 17, 2011 at 12:50:55
First find the MalwareBytes main exe file "Mbam.exe" in Program Files and try changing it to either "Mbam.bat" or "Mbam.cmd". Double click the renamed file and see if MalwareBytes will now run (it is designed to do so with either of these changes). If so let it fix whatever it finds.

To fix file associations see here:
First select "exe" from the list given, download the file and save it somewhere. Double click the file and accept all the prompts. Note that the "exe" fix is not a zip file so don't let their general instructions confuse you, just do as I suggested.

Please do not post then vanish - let us know the outcome

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June 17, 2011 at 12:52:41

SASSafeRun is a portable launcher that can be stored and run directly from a USB Flash Drive.

Download SASSafeRun to a USB flash drive using a clean computer:

If the file does not download, copy/paste the following >>without the brackets<< to the address bar of your browser:

Plug in your USB flash drive in the infected computer, and double-click SASSafeRun.COM.

Start SuperAntiSpyware, select:
Scan your computer > Perform a Complete Scan

When done, on the main screen, click on the Preferences button.
Click on the Statistics/Logs tab
Double-click on the most current log.

>>Please provide the SuperAntiSpyware log in your reply so we can see where we are at, and plan any additional removal strategy, if necessary.<<

After you run SAS, see if you can download exeHelper from one of these two places:

Save it to your Desktop

Vista or Windows 7 users right click the downloaded file and select “Run as Administrator"
XP users, double-click on the downloaded file to run the program

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

>>Please post the contents of the exehelperlog.txt in your reply.<<
[It is created in the directory where you ran exeHelper, and should also open at the end of the scan.]

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

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June 17, 2011 at 13:05:02
Okay. Thanks! I'll try the first one first, and google my way through it :P

I'm so nontechnical I don't know how to find the program files. Google here I come! :P

P.S. I wouldn't vanish on you guys, you're my lifesavers! And its kinda rude anyways

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June 17, 2011 at 13:05:33

I didn't realise aaflac44 was around when I posted my #1 and would join this post so soon after mine (probably overlapping with it).

Although I am happy with what I suggested I have seen aaflac44's security work on this forum and hold his advice in high regard. If you prefer to run with his post please do so (I don't get sulky LOL).

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June 17, 2011 at 13:23:17
Looks like we are overlapping like mad. Please ignore that red bit of mine - I add it to all my new replies because about 9 out of 10 posters are never seen again.

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June 17, 2011 at 13:28:05
It worked! :D

If it hadn't, I would have tried Aaflac's method, but I figured it would be easier to do yours first. Thank you so much! Avast is up again for me, and I re-registered with them, so I should be protected for now. Thanks again!

I'm bookmarking this site :D

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June 17, 2011 at 13:34:02
Glad to hear it. If you so much as suspect there is a virus still lurking come straight back and we'll let Aaflac44 have a go at it.

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