Windows Vista will not run any .exe files

Microsoft Windows vista home basic w/sp1
November 18, 2010 at 12:32:38
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Celeron 900 2.2GHZ/2GB RAM
Windows Vista on my 2 year old Toshiba Laptop will not open any .exe files and that includes iexplorer.exe, particularly from any shortcut locations . . . icons on the desktop. Also, there is a specific error screen which indicates: cannot open ssvagent.exe. I cannot uninstall programs, download and install any .exe files which may clear up my errors. In addition, I cannot open the "System Restore Program" in order to revert back to a time when Windows Vista functioned normally. Could this be a Virus Attack and if so, how do I get rid of it?

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#1
November 18, 2010 at 13:14:28
Leecherous, See Reply #5 in the thread at the link below.

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Tufenuf


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#2
November 19, 2010 at 14:19:09
Please note that my original problem, when attempting to load control panel, systen restore, notepad, and downloading and installing Microsoft's Updates etc., there is a failure to complete these programs. However, I'm now getting a file association screen where I have to manually search for .exe locations (usually the Program Directory) where I select or choose the .exe file to run the program. I've cleared much of this up. When this is accomplished and certain programs begin to open, I'll receive an error: Windows cannot find the RUNDLL32 file in order to continue with opening the program successfully. I'm currently running Trend Micro's "HouseCalls" which was accessed through its Website. Yes, I can manuever to a website using a "backdoor" method of opening Internet Explorer 8 from the "Start Menu." IE Desktop shortcuts and Desktop Personalize Settings cannot be changed from the Control Panel. Errrors occur: Windows cannot open Contol.exe . . . Select a program from a list of installed programs . . . which is a new window that I can search and make choices to run applications once I find their location. That's usually when I get the RUNDLL32 errors for some of the applications once they've loaded. I don't know whether or not I've got Registry corruption or perhaps a virus-malware infection. Hopefully, HouseCalls will find something. 'Will keep you posted after running "HouseCalls" and "Fix File Association." I've tried many other "Scan for Viruse & Malware" programs downloaded from the Intenet, but I can't run them if they are in .exe file format.

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#3
November 19, 2010 at 17:32:32
THANK YOU, Tufenuf . . . the ExeFix Program you recommended installing fixed my .exe file association problem in Vista.

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#4
April 2, 2011 at 20:24:06
To anyone having this problem and not being able to open right click and choose run as administrator.

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#5
May 18, 2011 at 01:15:49
Can try this site as an alternative, tho it has been mentioned in posts before

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

on that site you can load any broken file extensions, including .exe
Vista and Windows 7 have different pages but a link for vista is on this link as well


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