Solved Cant open ANY .exe files in Windows 7.0

February 25, 2017 at 10:53:30
Specs: Windows 7
Ive seen fixes where I have to downoad a file but these are .exe files as well so can t open them - or command prompt

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February 25, 2017 at 15:54:35
You also may be able to perform a System Restore to a date when all was working correctly. If works then, run scan with Malwarebytes.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
February 25, 2017 at 11:03:09
Go here:
https://www.sevenforums.com/tutoria...

Run the exe fix (on the list).

That should sort out your issue but if not run the lnk fix from the same website.

[Note that these are reg files not exe files so you should be OK]

Sometimes this symptom is the aftermath of malware. If you wish we can take a quick look at that aspect once you problem is solved.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
February 25, 2017 at 12:16:37
Thank you. I have tried this but still can't run the file. Couldn't see the ink file

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#3
February 25, 2017 at 12:25:03
It's Lnk - just above log file. Restart the computer after running it.

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If that doesn't fix it let us know whether you had the popup saying it had been entered when you merged it?

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#4
February 25, 2017 at 12:56:59
"Cant open ANY .exe files in Windows 7.0"

@skybluecraig

Answer Is : No
Executable files usually known with .EXE extension.
But Executable files With .EXE Extensions Are not same.
EXE file may generated and created (by linker) for OS/2 and Other For DOS,Windows, and so on.
EXE File has Pre-Defined Encoding/Decoding Method.
For Example PE/NE/LE And Standard DOS EXE Files.
MZ-NE Files In OS/2, PE Files In Windows, ...
You Can Find More Information In Technical Reference Manuals and Articles.

Good Luck.

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#5
February 25, 2017 at 13:25:21
TechDOS
I think skybluecraig just means that normal Windows exe files have stopped opening, not that he is attempting to open some obscure types from other systems.

skybluecraig
See my answer in #3 to your lnk files query.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
February 25, 2017 at 14:33:06
Another tool to try, it is an zip file.

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/f...
http://www.winhelponline.com/fileas...

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#7
February 25, 2017 at 15:54:35
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You also may be able to perform a System Restore to a date when all was working correctly. If works then, run scan with Malwarebytes.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
February 25, 2017 at 16:17:58
Try running ths app - safe to use, often recommended here.

It does what it says... Ideally boot into safe mode and run it there.

Let it do everything offers/advises.

Do not click on the green buttons very obvious at the top of the screen. They are other non related software, and you don't need it.

The download link(s) are in the text area below.

Download and simply run it...

http://www.tweaking.com

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#9
February 26, 2017 at 03:10:28
TechDos thanks but I'm just trying to open windows .exe files.

Can't open system restore because it needs an .exe file

Can't open zip files for same reason

And just run Lnk and it said it had updated successfully. Rebooted and no change but had a pop up with a windows update appear (from 30/09/15


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#10
February 26, 2017 at 03:18:03
"Can't open zip files for same reason'
Did you try Safe mode?
Did you try System Restore?

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#11
February 26, 2017 at 03:36:38
I'm working remotely so can't activstevsafe mode. I tried to get into Sytem Restore but it won't open

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#12
February 26, 2017 at 05:26:32
"I'm working remotely"
Have you tried right clicking on exe/zip & clicking on > Run as Administrator?

If the owner or yourself can get into the bios & change the boot order to CD or USB first, this is what I would do.

The owner or other to download Dr.Web CureIt from a good computer & install it on either CD or USB, as per instructions below.
Lists of frequently asked questions
https://support.drweb.com/show_faq/...
How does it work?
http://free.drweb.com/livedisk/how_...
Copy & Paste the contents of the log in your reply.

If needed after running Dr.web Cureit, try this.

How to Repair a Faulty Windows Installation Without Reformatting
http://www.pcgamer.com/how-to-repai...
Non-destructive reinstall of Windows 7
http://www.winhelp.us/non-destructi...
Repair Windows 7 System Errors Without Losing Data or Formatting
http://evan.therssoftware.com/myket...

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#13
February 26, 2017 at 09:37:50
"Cant open ANY .exe files in Windows 7.0"

@skybluecraig

At First Step, Create Backup and Save Your Data.
As Answered By Johnw : -> try right click on exe/zip & clicking on > Run as Administrator

A - Just Permission !
Restore default security permissions for the hard disk partitions
http://lallouslab.net/2009/06/14/re...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/8...

B- Malwares and/or Conflicts !
Open the Windows Task Manager, Click on "Processes" Tab.
You Will See Many Files in List That Executed (EXE Files Also).
Select Unknown Programs One-By-one and Click on "End Process".
Then, Run a Windows EXE File and Check !
If Problem Resolved, You Found The Problem, Remove Program From System/Windows.

C - System Files Problems !
B- Repair Corrupted and Damaged System files :
Open the Start menu.
Click All Programs > Accessories > Right-click Command Prompt > Choose "Run As Administrator"
Now type the command :
SFC /SCANNOW
and press enter.
Answer to The System Confirmation Requests.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us...

C - Final Step, Why ?
Remember the First time that problem appeared on system.
After Installing An App. and/or Removing/Deleting ...

Good Luck.

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#14
February 26, 2017 at 20:50:00
At some point (hopefully much later) if nothing works, instruct them to copy all important files to external media and reinstall Windows or Factory Restore it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#15
February 27, 2017 at 04:41:40

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#16
February 27, 2017 at 05:40:27
I think the registry modifications given in #15 are also what the link in #1 does, although it is definitely worth a try if you are happy in the registry. I wonder if something went wrong when you were doing the exe fix because it has had a very good record on here for fixing the symptom you described.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#17
February 27, 2017 at 13:04:19
Many many thanks to all who offered help. I don't know what I would have done without you.

I managed to get someone to restart the pc in safe mode and we were then able to system restore. I've since run anti virus and anti malware software and removed several Trojan Horse viruses. God knows how they got in. Firewall and AV were both up to date.

Thanks again


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#18
February 27, 2017 at 13:32:49
That is good to hear, BUT you may not actually be completely clean yet. Stay tuned for JohnW since he may have a few things for you to run to be absolutely sure that you are clean and it will not come back.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#19
February 27, 2017 at 14:51:23
Thanks Fingers.

"removed several Trojan Horse viruses"
Copy & Paste the contents of the logs into your next reply please.

Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it onto your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
If we have to run Farbar more than once, refer this SS.
http://i.imgur.com/yUxNw0j.gif
Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.
Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
Press Scan button.
It will make a log (FRST.txt) on the Desktop.
The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt)
The logs are large, upload them using this. No account/registration needed. Give us the links please.
http://www.fileconvoy.com/index.php

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