All programs ask what would you like to open

May 11, 2011 at 18:36:03
Specs: Windows xp
We had the xp security virus on one of our computers. We ran malwarebytes to remove the virus but now when we open any program on the computer a windo opens asking us what we would like to use to open the program. Any idea what would cause this?

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#1
May 11, 2011 at 18:45:28
weowen, Try the instructions in my Reply #1 in the thread at the link below.

http://www.computing.net/answers/di...

Tufenuf


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#2
May 11, 2011 at 19:24:52
went to http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_... and get
404 - File or directory not found.
The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

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#3
May 11, 2011 at 19:35:23
Place the following link, without the quotes, on the address bar of your browser. See if that works.

"http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm"


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#4
May 11, 2011 at 19:38:57
No still getting the same error message

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#5
May 11, 2011 at 19:39:29
would it matter that im trying to go to it on a Windows 7 box?

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#6
May 11, 2011 at 19:56:06
I am using a Windows 7 box to get to the link. ???

Let's see if this gets you going...

Open Notepad: Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad
If you cannot open Notepad, press CTRL ALT DEL (simultaneously), and open Task Manager.
Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key
Click: New Task (Run)
This opens a Command Prompt window.
Enter: Notepad, and press Enter.
 
Now, copy and paste ALL the Registry code that appears below into Notepad, including the Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 portion

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
@="exefile"
"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\PersistentHandler]
@="{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
@="Application"
"EditFlags"=hex:38,07,00,00
"TileInfo"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion"
"InfoTip"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
@="%1"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
"EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler]
@="{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PEAnalyser]
@="{09A63660-16F9-11d0-B1DF-004F56001CA7}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps]
@="{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]
@="{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}"

 
 
 
In Notepad go to File and select: Save as
Save as: xpexefix.reg
Save to the Desktop (or to a flash drive if doing this on a W7 box. You will have to insert the flash drive in the XP box to proceed, and move the file to its Desktop.)

Now, go to the Desktop
Double click on the xpexefix.reg file

When prompted, say yes to merge into Registry
Reboot to take effect.

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If double-clicking on the xpexefix.reg file does not work, then:

Press CTRL ALT DEL (simultaneously) and open Task Manager.
In Task Manager, click File
Press the CTRL key and click New Task (Run).

At the Command prompt, type the following: regedit.exe
Press: Enter

In the Registry Editor window, click File > Import and locate the xpexefix.reg
file you copied to Notepad. It is on the Desktop.

Highlight the xpexefix.reg file, and click Open.

You will be notified when the file is merged successfully into the Registry

Now, restart the computer.


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#7
May 11, 2011 at 20:12:10
Done computer seems to be working well now. thanks you very much. Any thoughts on what we did to cause this to happen so we dont do it again?

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#8
May 12, 2011 at 08:52:27
Malware is normally installed through vulnerabilities found in out-dated and insecure programs on a computer. You can use the Secunia Personal Software Inspector to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer:
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_sc...

A tutorial on how to use the Secunia Personal Software Inspector to scan for vulnerable programs is found here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...


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#9
June 15, 2011 at 05:24:34
I had a nasty piece of malware called eek.exe that did this to me. It also gave me lots of xp antisypyware 2012 popups. I did a search for all eek.exe files (found one in application data\temp and one in \windows\prefetch. Delete them. Then, in safe mode, open the command prompt and type "copy regedit.exe regedit.com", then type "start regedit.com". Use the registry editor to find any values referencing eek.exe, and remove them. It should find one in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command. That fixed it for me!

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#10
June 15, 2011 at 05:46:14
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"

Registry key is also included in Post #6!

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Retired - Doin' Dis, Dat, and slapping malware.


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