All files turned into .exe

October 20, 2012 at 16:03:28
Specs: Windows XP, Centrino 2GHz/ 4 gigs
How do I change files back to what they should be and not .exe? I cannot open the ADD/REMOVE FILES in the Control Panel. It brings up an option to open it online or search for a program on my computer. I really need them turned back and I don't know how to do this. Thank you.

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#1
October 20, 2012 at 16:25:17
I think it more likely that it's your exe file associations that are at fault, unless you have definite evidence that the exe file extensions themselves have changed.

Try the EXE fix here:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass...

If you are having trouble opening shortcuts too, then also run the LNK fix from the same website.

If the above fixes the immediate issue run your virus scans because a virus is often the cause. Also download the freebie MalwareBytes from here (green icon top right):
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...
This often finds things that AV's miss.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
October 20, 2012 at 17:29:03
I have. I can't even download files.

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#3
October 20, 2012 at 17:49:01
I tried that. was able to download, but It will not run. Says problem with running program.

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#4
October 20, 2012 at 19:34:16
Not sure which bits you mean.

1. Do your exe files show up on the computer with some other extension, if so what is the extension?

2. Were you unable to download the fixes?

3. If MalwareBytes won't run, then download it to a flash drive on another computer and run it on this one. If it won't run try changing it's name and exe extension to any of these (try each one):

name.com
name.bat
name.cmd

The reason for all this is that I think you might have a virus that is blocking it and the name changes might fool it.

As an alternative, it could just be that Windows has got screwed up. You could see if System Restore will run, in which case choose a date before the problem came along.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
October 21, 2012 at 06:01:10
WHen I click on the file to open it, for some reason it wants to search the internet to open the file. Say for instance my Hp Software, it won't go. I will try to do that.

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#6
October 21, 2012 at 10:29:27
If all else fails you could try a manual repair

http://filext.com/faq/broken_exe_as...

Just as a caution, there can be bad things that happen when you mess with the registry, read the whole page, and if you can print it and do it word for word.

:: mike


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#7
October 21, 2012 at 10:51:42
Yep, #6 if all else fails but there might be a way to make the EXE fix (see link) work.
Two ideas:

Save the download somewhere instead of trying to open it.

Second method, download it on another computer then transfer it via a flash drive.

Both methods then rely on whether you can open the zip file. If so you extract the reg file it contains and either double click it or right click it and select Merge.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
October 21, 2012 at 10:54:42
Sorry Derek, wasn't trying to complicate things.:D

:: mike


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#9
October 21, 2012 at 11:56:10
No Mike, that's fine. I accept it might come to that but just thought I could suggest a couple of easier(?) ideas first, if possible. Some folk are not too happy in the registry.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#10
October 21, 2012 at 14:58:52
I will be trying this all tomorrow. I was called into work today. If anything else you can think of I thank both of you greatly for helping!

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#11
October 21, 2012 at 15:37:38
Demystifying the Windows Registry
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...
Don't Fear the Registry
http://oreilly.com/pub/h/658

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