Some exe files become lnk files and I can't open either.

April 10, 2012 at 11:03:31
Specs: Windows 7
So I got a virus or something infected on my computer. I'm pretty sure I can pinpoint the site that caused me the issue. What happened is all of my shortcuts on my desktop (Really just Steam and Ad-Aware) were turned into lnk files. I can't use them, and when I go to an actual exe file (For example, Ad-Aware, so I could remove the virus) it won't launch. No error message, just no launch. Sometimes my mouse will have that little loading wheel next to it for a while, but it dosen't change anything.

Googling suggests I need to fix my registry most often. I tried to fix it both by using the exe and lnk fixes found here

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/f...

And I also exported the registry from another computer (the same computer I am using to post this now) and that computer has no problems, I import it onto my computer, restart and nothing changes. I don't know if the virus keeps changing the registry when I restart, and I don't know if there is any way to get rid of the virus without using my Ad-Aware because I can't launch any exe files.

Any help is greatly appreciated, I would like this fixed as soon as possible and have spent the last 5-6 hours working on it. Thank you in advanced.


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#1
April 11, 2012 at 13:14:58
You have no idea of the state of the OS after a virus. Just reload it from scratch.

If you want, you might could try a restore point.

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^


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#2
April 11, 2012 at 22:55:57
For example, Ad-Aware, so I could remove the virus
Adaware is useless, try running malwarebytes in safe mode. Reformatting a machine is a LAST resort. People that suggest that have NO idea on how many different programs etc, are on the PC.

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#3
April 12, 2012 at 08:09:29
Bit of a problem, I can't open any applications, even in Safe Mode.

I did download malwarebytes, and I put the install on an SD card, brought it to my laptop, and of course I can't open it.


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#4
April 12, 2012 at 09:44:57
In that case you have to physically remove the drive and slave it to another PC and remove the viruses that way. After that you should able to get it running properly in the problem PC.

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#5
April 14, 2012 at 19:26:53
Okay, could you tell me how to do that, or any tools I need?

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#6
April 14, 2012 at 21:31:26
We don't know if this is a laptop or desktop nor the brand name, so you will have to google that and it will show you removal, etc.

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#7
April 16, 2012 at 11:21:13
I don't imagine that the removal will be all that difficult, I'm more so wondering where I'll hook it up to my other computer. Will I have to open that up too, or will it plug into something on the outside. By the way, it is a laptop that is infected, and a desktop I will be using to fix it. Both by HP.

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#8
April 16, 2012 at 14:09:04
you may want to google for a conversion cable (2.5" HD) to USB and then connect them via usb

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