Exe files not working / lnk files

July 8, 2009 at 10:38:13
Specs: Windows XP, 1024
I'm pretty sure this is a Trojan. All my executable files have changed to lnk files. All I can do is access the internet. Here are the symptoms:
1) Any executable files is being directed to windows media player to open it which obviously doesn't work
2) System Restore is an executable so it doesn't work (I tried it from DOS and it says no restore point is available.)
3)NOTHING can be downloaded online
4)Online virus scans won't work. When I try McAfee is says ActiveX must be enabled. When I try Trend Micro it just sits there all night and does nothing. Kapersky doesn't recognize my Java 6.0. It says I need 1.5 or better. Most other antivirus sites I go to just says "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage." Seems as though this Trojan was well designed. I can't even get it identified. Panda told me it was infected but it didn't say with what so I could look it up and figure out how to get rid of it. I tried booted to an old Norton System Works cd but it found nothing since the virus list couldn't be updated to current.
5)Even the executables on a separate hard drive are the same way. I'm assuming it's because they are being examined by the executables on here in Windows on the C drive which has to do with the registry being corrupt.

So that's most of it. Anyone have ANY ideas as so what I might try next? I don't want to reformat as I have tons of files that I am currently using for this semester's college courses.

Thanks to you all in advance!!!

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July 8, 2009 at 10:53:18
Bimmer, Follow the instructions in Response Number 2 in the thread at the link below. It should correct your problem.



Edited to add: If you can't download the reg file by double clicking it right click it and choose "Save target as" and save it to your hard drive then run it.

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July 8, 2009 at 14:19:34
Thanks Tufenuf. The only way I was able to get the file was to hook up an external zip drive to my laptop and download the file. Then I hooked the zip drive to the desktop computer and put the file on the desktop. The file is zipped and unzipping it puts it on my desktop. Where specifically should I direct it to be extracted to? BTW, I have no access to regedit as it is an executable.


I finally got a scan to tell me specifically what Trojans I have.



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July 8, 2009 at 14:32:36
Bimmer, You can extract the contents of that zipped file (which is a .reg file) anywhere you can easily find it. Once extracted follow these instructions.

Double click it or right click it and choose "merge" and answer yes to the import prompt.

If you can't run the file do the following:

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager. Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run). This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.exe and press Enter. Once regedit is open click File>Import and locate that reg file fix, hilite it and click Open.


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July 8, 2009 at 15:41:09
ok...that went just fine. now what? reboot and let the registry fix itself?

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July 8, 2009 at 15:54:20
Bimmer, Reboot your computer and see if the problem is corrected.


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July 8, 2009 at 15:56:20
no change whatsoever

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July 12, 2009 at 15:05:17
run below command from command prompt.

make sure about any spaces or . ...

this command is assoc .exe = exefile

it says widnows to judge all files with .exe extention as excutabls.

assoc .exe=exefile

(after assoc there is a single space and then .exe=exefile)

once ran the command type below

assoc .exe

see the output , it should be exefile, if not then then paste the putput here.

Subhash Chandra.

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