.ink on all my icons

Microsoft Windows vista home premium (oe...
May 16, 2010 at 14:29:42
Specs: Windows Vista, na
When I click any icons or go to "start" and any program there, they have all changed into the same icon and they wont work . i have to click the properties for each one then go to the main folder where they are located to open them. Ive read some posts on this, but most are old and I wanted to know if there was somethinng new. the posts are for xp anyway. thanks

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#1
May 16, 2010 at 15:33:38
Hmmm...can you get Screenshot pic on what this might look like on your machine and post it online somewhere?

Just another stupid saying...


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#2
May 16, 2010 at 16:16:00
do a system restore back to before the problem

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#3
May 16, 2010 at 18:37:49
Dondon, Try the lnk file association fix at the link below. Usage Instructions are on the page.

File association fixes for Windows Vista

http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...

Tufenuf


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#4
May 16, 2010 at 20:34:54
PC Geek, picture this, Every icon looks the same. in the start menu and desktop. looks almost like the internet explorer icon, in fact it might be. The only icons that are normal and work are in "my computer" or "my documents" But if u need a pic, ill try.

xpuser4real, My restore was turned off for some reason :(

Tufenuf, Tried that, but got an error saying there is no program associated with this file. ???


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#5
May 16, 2010 at 20:42:01
that ink fix is "inkfix_vista" with no extention to it. merge didnt open it, so I opened with notepad, now merge is not an option. I dont know what to do with this, over my head

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#6
May 17, 2010 at 08:29:23
Dondon, "that ink fix is "inkfix_vista" with no extention to it. merge didnt open it, so I opened with notepad, now merge is not an option. I dont know what to do with this, over my head"

I downloaded that lnk fix and it has a reg file extension. Try going to that link using Internet Explorer and right click on lnk, choose "Save target as" save it to your Desktop. Now right click on that lnkfix_vista.zip file and choose "Extract All" and follow the prompts to extract the contents to your Desktop. You will then have a lnkfix_vista.reg file on your Desktop which you would right click on and choose "Merge". After and If the merge is successfull restart your computer and see if the problem is solved.

Note that it's lnk (small L) not i (small I).

Tufenuf


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#7
May 17, 2010 at 13:49:58
Tufenuf, that is what i did. And I tried 3 times to repeat it. But now, there is no option to merge it any more because notepad opens it. It does have a .reg extension.
I think I have to keep notepad from opening it so i can get the option to merge, or manually merge it. I dont know how to do either of these. I dont know what merge does (guessing it replaces the bad with the good in the registry).
Thanks for the help guys! I appreciate your comments.

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#8
May 17, 2010 at 14:47:21
Dondon, Take your time and follow the instructions below to get the contents of that lnkfix_vista.reg file on your Desktop merged into your registry.


•Click on Start and then Run...

•Type in regedit, and then press OK

•In regedit, click on File, and then Import

•Enter the filename or otherwise locate the ".reg" file you want to enter, and press OK

•The contents of that ".reg" file will be entered into the registry.

If you'd rather make the double click action work to actually directly install the ".reg" file:

•Right click on the ".reg" file in Windows Explorer

•Click on Open With...

•Click on Registry Editor, if it's in the list, or use the Browse button to locate regedit.exe (typically in C:\Windows)

•Make sure that Always use the selected program to open this kind of file is checked

•Click OK

Now, if you double click on your ".reg" file, you'll be prompted to confirm that you want to add the information in it into the registry. Click OK on that, and you're done.

http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_get_a_r...

Tufenuf


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#9
May 17, 2010 at 15:25:57
Tufenuf

You are awesome! Worked like a charm! Thanks man, you should do this for a living. ;)

A few more quick questions, plz Is the "virus" gone? or is it hiding somewhere?
I use regicleanse, and MS security essentials. Is this enough? Or is Mcafee better(still have subscription for 5 months)


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#10
May 17, 2010 at 17:11:34
I have no idea what regiclense is, BUT I know that Ccleaner slim is a great free registry cleaner. If security essentials fails you, then I would suggest Avast free.

BTW, be sure to use MCPR.exe to get rid of all the McAfee registry junk or else your AV will not work properly.
Another thing you might add is spyware blaster. It will give you more security.

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#11
May 17, 2010 at 17:29:38
Dondon, Good job and glad to see that the problem is corrected. I wouldn't use regicleanse or any other registry cleaner type program as they can cause more problems than they fix especially if one is not familiar with the registry. This is only my opinion. As far as MS Security Essentials I know many who use it and like it. I'm no fan of McAfee either. I would advise that you download, install update then run the 2 Free versions of the programs below. Make sure that you select the Free versions.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
http://www.malwarebytes.org/

How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to scan and remove malware from your computer.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/vir...

SUPERAntiSpyware
http://www.superantispyware.com/sup...

How to use SUPERAntiSpyware to scan and remove malware from your computer.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/vir...

They're both excellent and free programs and offer definition updates just about every day so keep them updated.

Tufenuf


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#12
May 17, 2010 at 18:27:11
YES GOOD JOB TUFENUF

Dondon, IMHO, I would say MS Security Essentials is not enough. Anti-malware (any program that fights malware) are are always playing catchup to the cyber criminals "malware." One or two anti-malware tools is never enough. Add in A2 (a.k.a A-Squared Free Anti-Malware from Emsisoft) and some root kit scanners as well because newer malware is incorporating rootkits into their malicious software (malware). Some free root kit scanners can be found here:

http://www.antirootkit.com/software...

Just another stupid saying...


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#13
July 5, 2010 at 20:05:39
Can I substitute "XP" for vista in this command "inkfix_vista"

My system got hit with the .INK virus over the weekend. All

my files have this funky ending. Should I just take my HD

to a disk recovery shop?


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#14
July 5, 2010 at 20:11:28
Pointer, If you're using Windows XP go to the link below and download the "LNK (Shortcut) File Association Fix". Instructions are on the page. If that doesn't correct the problem try the "EXE File Association Fix".

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass...

Tufenuf


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#15
July 5, 2010 at 20:25:57
Thank! I'll give it shot.

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