Need help with possible virus

October 21, 2010 at 13:18:36
Specs: Windows Vista
All of my programs on my laptop open in notepad. I can't even run a scan or anti virus software because notepad opens and I have a bunch on symbols and letters that don't make since. My itunes, word, excel and etc. has been affected. I tried using a scan from the internet but it opened the program in notepad. What can I do to solve this problem?

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#1
October 21, 2010 at 15:26:14
tap f8 and choose safemode with networking. Then download malwarebytes and run that.

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#2
October 21, 2010 at 16:45:41
I tried that but when I downloaded malwarebytes, it tried to run it but it opened it with notepad.

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October 21, 2010 at 16:59:48

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#4
October 21, 2010 at 17:06:05
I found this fix on google. I haven't tried it so, do so at your own risk, they say it works...

Copy the text below to a file and save it as a .reg file and import that to the registry:

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}"

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#5
October 21, 2010 at 19:51:54
go to the safe mode and install Glary Utilities, hope it can help.

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#6
October 22, 2010 at 12:40:57
tried downloading glary utilities. that also opened in notepad. I don't know what has happened but this is driving me crazy. I can open files that I have already created and they open fine but if I just try to open a program then it opens in notepad. I don't know what else to do.

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#7
October 22, 2010 at 12:59:39
how do you do that?

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#8
October 25, 2010 at 10:04:15
I tried going into regedit but that also opened in notepad. I have tried downloading different solutions via the internet and everything opens in notepad.

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#9
October 25, 2010 at 10:20:37
safe mode, safe mode, safe mode...need I say more?
Tap f8 on boot up and enter safe mode with networking. Once in there you can get online you can download
1-malwarebytes
2- trojan remover
3- hitman pro
Run all three till they are clean.

If you don't know how to find them here is a simple How-To for you
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...
It will help.

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