all exe file is open in wordpad....

Acer / Aspire 4520
May 20, 2009 at 20:54:41
Specs: Windows XP
any one can help me.. after i just get rid a virus from my laptop, when i open exe file.. all open with wordpad. also goes to cmd.exe, regedit, and many stuff.... the worst thing is it also happen when i want to run setup.exe... T_T now i cannot setup new things.... i do not want to reformating since the OS still working properly.. only at part exe one... any solution??

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May 21, 2009 at 01:39:22
vedacool, "after i just get rid a virus from my laptop", possible it was a trojan or worm instead? Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so it doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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May 21, 2009 at 05:48:45
vedacool, Go to the link below and scroll down to line 12 (left column) and click on "EXE (lnk and regfile) Fix for Windows XP" to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. 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.

Note: If you can't access the Internet with the problem computer use another computer to download the reg file fix onto a CD, thumb drive, or floppy and transfer the file to the problem computer.


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May 21, 2009 at 10:46:29
emm thanks to Ed in Texas and Tufenuf.. for the Superantispyware software, emm i already use it and my laptop now clean for any trojan and virus... yes i know the diffrent between them... emm before my laptop is infected by a script virus that using "microsoft script" may be as i remember... emm then i manually delete the script... but the effect from the attack is... run and search in start manu missing, task manager open with wordpad, regedit also open with wordpad. and then i already solve the run and search in start menu and the task manager problem. the only problen left is the exe and the regedit. when i write it in run, then open it, the word pad open... here i wrote down the word in wordpad when i try open regedit...

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z È ìh           `  oº  €      m ,   À¸ 0  X% @ P   $ .text Òx  z  `.data  
   ~ @ À.rsrc À¸   º ‚ @ @Œ–A€ §–A‹ ´–A˜  ´–A¥ —–A¯ ¸–A¹ Œ–AÄ °–AÑ ·–AÞ Ñ–Aê ‘–Aô ò–Aþ ³–A  ´–A¥ msvcrt.dll ADVAPI32.dll KERNEL32.dll NTDLL.DLL GDI32.dll USER32.dll COMCTL32.dll comdlg32.dll SHELL32.dll AUTHZ.dll ACLUI.dll ole32.dll ulib.dll clb.dll

so this is some that shows in the wordpad when i open regedit....

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May 23, 2009 at 15:48:02
find one of the exe files. Right click it and select 'Open with'
When the window pops up..deselect the box next to 'Always use this selected program to open this kind of file'..then click ok
Just a thought,..and won't hurt anything

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June 15, 2009 at 16:29:00
blgreens can i openwith?? it seem like there is no open with when i rightclick it...
the latest discovery that i found is... i only cannot open the exe file that using name 'setup'... after i rename the file from setup to other name i can run it normally...

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July 12, 2009 at 15:12:17
Dear vedacool,

This issue is caused by incorrect windows file associations .
Follow below steps.and you will able to fix it on your own in 4-5 minutes.

1) Press CTRL+ALT+DEl or (CTRL+SHIFT+Esc (Task manager should be opened)

2) Press and Hold CTRL key and click on file=>new
( a command prompt will be opened).

3) type below line as it is, no space mistake should be done.

assoc .exe=exefile ( one space after assoc)

4) exit and check now,

issue shold be fixed now.

If yes , say thank you, if no then type Below command on command prompt and let me know the output.

assoc .exe

thank you

Subhash Chandra.

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July 13, 2009 at 08:49:09
hi Subhash Chandra, thanks for the solution but it's still not fix my problem....

assoc .exe report is


one more thing... i had to rename the cmd.exe to cmd2.exe because when i double click at cmd.exe, same problem occur. the wordpad was open. same apply to regedit.exe


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July 13, 2009 at 10:36:16
Bite the bullet and reformat.

"Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep."
Theodore Roosevelt New York City, February 17, 1899

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July 14, 2009 at 02:34:55
vedacool, still sounds to me like a nasty. Did you disable restore prior to the scan? If not, I bet it got put back.
Ed in Texas.

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July 14, 2009 at 09:31:39
i if can do not want to reformat the windows since i did maintain it for 2 years... lol...

about the "restore prior to the scan" if u mean the system restore, yes i turn it off... i just realize it hahaha..

so any solution?

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