All my icons changed into internet explorer

November 18, 2010 at 09:06:00
Specs: Windows vista, 3.201 GHz / 6134 MB
Hi I have compaq presario v6000 using windows vista 32bit. I was trying to open a file and on the open with I clicked on adobe and all my icons changed into adobe so the solution i found is to uninstall adobe. Afterwards I was trying again to open a file and clicked on internet explorer and aswell every icon changed into internet explorer now i cannot open the internet so am stuck. Can someone help please. Thanks in advance.

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#1
November 18, 2010 at 09:07:50
Have you tried a system restore back to before the problem?

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#2
November 18, 2010 at 09:19:20
It wont let me do anything, when I go to system restore and clcik on it a window comes up to run or save or cancel if i click run another windows comes up to ask to verify the publisher I click run and nothing happens and somtimes I get lots of windows of IE opening in the same time that i have to restart the pc.

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#3
November 18, 2010 at 09:42:51
patrick3178, What is the file extension (.exe, .jpg. etc) of the file you tried to open when you chose Internet Explorer from the Open With menu?

Tufenuf


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#4
November 18, 2010 at 10:22:55
Honestly i dont remember what file was it when I chose IE.

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#5
November 18, 2010 at 10:30:47
patrick3178, If you can't access the Internet with the problem computer use another computer and go to the link below and download the exe file association fix to a CD, thumb drive, etc.then transfer it to the problem computer and run it. Instructions are on the page.

File association fixes for Windows Vista
http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...

Tufenuf


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#6
November 18, 2010 at 11:10:39
Hi thanks for your help, I downloaded the link you gave me, on another computer (not the one with the problem) but all its doing is scanning the pc and ask to buy if i want the problems fixed.

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#7
November 18, 2010 at 13:10:51
patrick3178, You don't want to download that "Clean and Repair Windows Registry" using that big "Download Here" button. Get rid of that garbage and DON'T use it. You want to scroll down to the Blue Box with the "File association fixes for Windows Vista" and click on the exe fix and follow the instructions.

http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...

Tufenuf


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#8
November 18, 2010 at 13:15:26
LOL...most people do that I have found. I guess they just find free downloads hard to get because of all the other ads on a webpage.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#9
November 18, 2010 at 14:13:42
Ah ok Sorry! lol thanks but the small problem is that right now the computer I am using (not the one witht the problem) has windows 7 not vista, and for some reason when i go in the site you gave me and look at the "File association fixes for Windows Vista" on mine instead of vista it says windows 7 and when I click on it says that its for the windows 7 systems only.

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#10
November 18, 2010 at 14:20:19
patrick3178, That's strange. Try the second link below.

File Association Fixes for Windows 7
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/f...


File association fixes for Windows Vista
http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...

Tufenuf


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#11
November 18, 2010 at 14:30:54
This page contains the file association fixes for some of the most common file types. The fixes are applicable for Windows® Vista systems only.

Note: If you're looking for file association fixes for Windows 7, check out the page File Association Fixes for Windows 7 instead.
File association fixes for Windows Vista
audiocd avi bat bmp chm cmd com
dvr-ms exe gif htm html ico inf
jpe jpeg jpg js lnk mp3 mpe
mpg msc mpeg reg scr tif tiff
txt vbs wma wmv wsf xml xps
zip Folder Directory Drive
Usage instructions

Hi, Sorry I feel stupid now. If you notice above there is a line File Association Fixes for Windows 7 which is a link but i did not see the box underneath it were you click on the .exe for the vista, so I was clicking on the w7. Do you know any free downloads of a disc burn program? just in case.


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#12
May 11, 2011 at 18:29:30
all my desktop icons have changed to vlc and if i try to chane the icon and redirect to its main folder it doesnt work bcos i v deleted the desktop cache DTB in in my c:\user\administrator\app but still no avail....wat do you suggest

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#13
May 18, 2011 at 16:28:08
Hi, Tufenuf

I had the same problem this morning with something attacking my computer, the end result being I could not open anything exe including disc cleanup, Firefox, and all security related Windows items. (I have Vista)

It brought me to this forum and in the process of attempting the fix you mentioned above from your reply #7, Firefox closed by itself, and after that everything went back to normal. That is before I ran your suggested fix, which I have since doe anyway.

What worries me now is that what/whoever got to my system is still able to do it through some type of keystroke monitor. Could you or someone else offer any insight into this scenario? I would be most appreciative.

Cheers Martin


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#14
June 14, 2011 at 11:36:55
Here's what you do, if you can do this anywhere what you want to do is download a program called "Spyhunter", you do NOT need to buy the full program to get the benefits of having the program installed.

Download Spyhunter, somehow get Spyhunter on the computer that is having the problems, once you do, install it, then, have it scan your entire computer.

Once the scan is complete, you can see a list of all the threatening/harmful files on your computer, (keep in mind, not ALL infections are harmful), if the files that show up only tell you it's spyware, ignore them, they are not harmful at all, all they do is keep track of your browser search information and such, those are what you allow when you go to sites like youtube it just keeps track of what sites you go to, it's just a third party cookie, so just ignore it.

If you find any infections that say Adware, or Malware, or Trojan, then do the following.

Adware:
Right click on all individual item paths (note: some items do not have a path, but right click on every single one to be sure you're getting them all), right click on each individual item path, and select the option to open up that file path. Once you do that it will open up a folder where you can find that item, find the item and send it to the recycle bin, and delete them one by one.

Malware: Look at the name of the infection, type the name in to google search and do the following. Follow each step exactly!
Step 1: Locate/Identify the name of the file.
Step 2: Google search the name of the file.
Step 3: Type in Google search (How to remove "File name here")
Step 4: Read about how to remove that file.
Step 5: The site you choose to get this information from will often tell you the file paths, but that alone will not be enough, it's only half the battle.
Step 6: Once you read how to get rid of it, you will first need to locate the ".exe" or ".dll" file.
Step 7: Once you determine what the file is running under, you will need to open up your "Task Manager"
Step 8: Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete button to bring up the "Task Manager"
Step 9: Click the tab that say's "Processes" in the "Task Manager"
Step 10: Locate down the list of ".exe/.dll" files.
Step 11: Select/highlight the file, and click "End Process".
Step 12: Here comes the easy part. Open up your START Menu, and type in search for "Regedit", in the start menu search bar. It should bring you straight to it.
Step 13: Look back at the items list on Spyhunter, type in the "Find" option within "Regedit".
Step 14: The item paths you are looking for should be in the list of names such as "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" etc. Finding these paths are easy.
Step 15: Once you locate the file path, just delete the folder it's in, do NOT delete the entire HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder, you just need to delete the individual folders within that folder. if you delete the entire folder instead of just the one with the harmful files, then I will not be held accountable, because I do not know how to fix/replace the lost HKEY folders and files. Your computer by then would most likely crash and you'd have to take it to a specialist to get it fixed again.

Trojans/Viruses In General

Do the same as you do for Malware and Adware, except I would recommend you put the computer in Safe Mode before doing it. To go into Safe Mode, restart the computer and hit the F1 key while it is loading for start up. I'm sure you can figure out how to go into Safe Mode from there.

Once in Safe Mode, you can turn off ALL programs without them re-starting, this way, you can do a System Restore if you wanted to.


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