Solved can't open files, it asks what program.

March 7, 2011 at 02:07:25
Specs: Windows XP
My comp had a lil melt down the other day and it seems like everything is wrong with it...I can't open any programs on my desktop without it asking what program i would like to open this file with....I know there is an always use this button thing to check but that is greyed out and it won't let me check that....there is a few other things that went wrong...i can't seem to get into much...I click on the time at the bottom right to look at the calender and it gives me an error C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe application not found

I need to know how to fix all of this...I can't even get into any of my virus programs.


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March 7, 2011 at 02:28:31
Sounds like you've had a malware infection. Might be worth trying to start in safe mode (keep tapping F8 key before windows loads) and then choosing the system restore option (click the no box when given a choice). Choose a restore point from before the problem started - hopefully it will sort this. But if it is malware, it may have corrupted system restore (so either no restore points available or when it completes says it couldn't restore). In this case a fresh install of windows is the best option IMO.

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March 8, 2011 at 00:12:26
genogeno, I sorta agree with Steve, almost. I too suspect malware, but I'd hold reinstallation as an absolute last resort after everything else fails. Possible you've got some sort of nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.?). Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
http://www.superantispyware.com/
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running. Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#3
March 9, 2011 at 05:10:10
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Download and run the EXE file association fix from Doug Knox.

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August 14, 2011 at 17:29:23
the EXE file association fix from Doug Knox worked great thanks! thought this was going to be more trouble then it was.

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