Computer keeps asking programs to

Microsoft Windows vista home premium w/s...
April 15, 2010 at 05:19:07
Specs: Windows Vista
Ok, so awhile ago I got some virus that was apparently ones that show up randomly on your computer as an 'anti-virus'. Can't remember what it was called but it kept saying that my computer was infected and being hijacked or whatever.

So yeah eventually it went away but now everytime I want to open a program it comes up with the "open with" thing. Now I wasn't too annoyed with this since most programs would work if I specified which one to use, but the problem is the ones where I don't know what program to open with.

Also when I try to open things on control panel such as "sound" to change from speakers to headphones, it won't let me open it, it just comes up with: C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe Application not found.

So if anyone could help me with this situation, that would be greatly appreciated :)

Oh and I'm not very good at this whole computer thing, so the simpler the instructions, the better haha.

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April 15, 2010 at 10:28:41
Plan A

"Oh and I'm not very good at this whole computer thing"

Then the best solution is to do a reinstall of your system. The Malware you got has ripped out some key registry keys and if you are computer savvy I would not recommend you try to repair them because you could do more harm than good. The other thing is the malware may still be on your system so a reinstall is recommended unless you can find some one who is good with repairing computers that can assist you.

Before you start reinstalling your system, make sure you can gather up all of the installation CDs for Windows, MS-Office and what ever else you had installed on your computer.

Plan B

If this is too hard or you can't find all of the software, you may want to invest in a registry repair program.

I recommend you stay away from the free ones because they are often time malware them selves and may cause more harm to your computer.

Also run a malware scan on your computer like MALWAREBYTES...

I would post this in the Virus forum because they would be better equipped to give advise on what is a good repair program and what would not.

Good luck, what ever you choose will take some time.

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April 15, 2010 at 10:50:25
NicLOL, Go to the link below and download the exe file association fix. Follow the Usage Instructions on the page. It should correct the problem.

File association fixes for Windows Vista

Stay away from ALL registry cleaners as they can cause more problems than they fix.


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April 18, 2010 at 23:49:16
Thank you so much Tufenuf!!! I can't believe how simple it was! haha

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April 19, 2010 at 06:53:22
NicLOL, Glad to see that the problem is fixed & Thanks for posting back to let us know.


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