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Part way through my Norton 2006 antivirus installation, everything went to .lnk extension, NOTHING will open including my "C", control panel, web explorer, email, etc, etc. My XP boots, my desk top appears however the icons are the generic MS version, not the usual icon. I suspect that it is a virus as it seemed to happen when the Norton install process got to the uninstall 2005.
Everytime I try START>RUN and select a program or file the following appears: "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel." This occurs even in safe mode.
I have tried the xp_exe_fix.zip and the linkfile_fix.zip and the same meaasage appears, "...no program associated ...".
The file contents are still there, and I am in process of copying them to a jump drive. (and cleaning them of course).
I see the only way to fix it is to wipe the HD and re-install.