Can't run exe files after virus

September 23, 2011 at 12:41:04
Specs: Windows Vista
I did this, but the problem remains... I've tried so many "fixes" but still cannot open any exe file such as Spybot, Malwarebytes, any antivirus program, etc. I've run Trend Micro Housecall online in safe mode, and it has gotten rid of all malware. The scan is now clean. Any other ideas? thanks!

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September 23, 2011 at 19:25:33
ChrissyTampa, Have you tried the exe file association fix at the link below. Just follow the Usage Instructions.

File association fixes for Windows Vista


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September 23, 2011 at 20:01:55
yes, thank you, I did try that. I downloaded the file on another computer, copied it over with a flash drive, double clicked it, and it said it added it to the registry. For good measure I went into RegEdit and imported the file. Rebooted... same problem...

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September 23, 2011 at 20:47:38

Are you getting some sort of a message when you try to open an exe file?

Also, do you have any report from TrendMicro as to what type of virus was present on the computer?

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September 24, 2011 at 17:40:34
If you should want to run MalwareBytes will run fine if you change its exe to either cmd or bat. This applies to both the download and the program exe files.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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September 24, 2011 at 20:03:31
the message I get when trying to open Malwarebytes or an antivirus program or Spybot is: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
I know there is still malware on the computer, even though Trend Micro comes up clean. There is still a hijacker - strange websites pop up all by themselves.

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September 24, 2011 at 20:04:23
when I try to change the file name, it tells me the file is write protected. Can't change the MBAM file or Spybot file name at all.

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September 24, 2011 at 20:16:39
also, when I start an online scan such as the Microsoft Safety Scanner or Malwarebytes in Safe Mode, the scanning starts, then after a few seconds turns off - obviously attacked by the malware. I have never seen such a pernicious virus/malware.

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September 24, 2011 at 20:40:34
Clearly something wicked, possibly a root kit. I recommend you run with Aaflac44 on this one - he's a whizz. He'll probably look back but if not maybe a personal message would be in order.

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September 24, 2011 at 22:16:35
I downloaded the Microsoft Security Scanner in safe mode and ran that. It found 7 infected files, and the virus it found was the Win32/patchload.0 - located in system volume information. The program said it removed it, but, after rebooting, the problem remains. Unbelievable.

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September 25, 2011 at 10:17:20

Please run the following tool, it will give information on what is going on with your Vista system:

The DDS file has an .scr or .com extension (depending on which one you download), so they should run for you.

Download DDS from one of these locations:

Save to your Desktop

Vista/Windows 7 - Right-click the dds file, and select: 'Run as Administrator'

When done, DDS opens two logs:

Save both reports to your Desktop.

Since these reports are large, please go to the Uploading website:

In: 'Select files to upload', click 'Browse', and 'Look in' the Desktop.

Select the DDS.txt, and click on 'Open'
You will see the following:
"Your file has been uploaded successfully: (Name and size of the file)"

Please copy the 'Download link'.

Do the same uploading for the Attach.txt.

Please copy the 'Download link', for each report, and provide them in your reply.


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