Re: virus perhaps????



arichey
07-10-2005, 12:11 AM
Michael Solomon \(MS-MVP-Windows Shell/User\) Wrote:
> It sounds as though you do have a virus and the first thing you need to
> do
> is run a virus check. If you can't run the AV program, did your
> antivirus
> program give you the option of creating recovery disks and did you do
> so?
>
> Failing that, if you can get online, there's a site which will run the
> scan
> online and might be able to remove the virus:
> http://housecall.antivirus.com/explorer.html
>
> --
> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
> Windows Shell/User
> Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
>
> "faris" <fghazi@streamyx.com> wrote in message
> news:09dc01c34d16$ee0cc760$a501280a@phx.gbl...
> > Having a major problem with computer. can't open most
> > programs from windows XP...i.e. all windows games, all
> > the options from the control panel. Therefore, I also
> > cannot restore the computer...The error is: "This file
> > does not have a program associated with it for performing
> > this action. Create an association in the folder options
> > control panel." I can access the folder options but I am
> > not sure what the original settings were for the various
> > files there and their extensions. Does anyone know how I
> > can get around this problem and restore my computer. I
> > also have tried to reinstall windows XP but the computer
> > does not allow me to choose this option from the disc.
> > Seems all .exe files (which are most of them) do not work
> > and come up with this message...any advice? Please
> > HELP!!!


I came home from vacation and it appears my non-computer savvy
housesitter did something funky or I got a virus. I am not able to open
any .exe and am looking for how to redo the file association for it...
HELP!!!


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Sharon F
07-10-2005, 12:11 AM
On Sun, 5 Jun 2005 07:23:39 +0100, arichey wrote:

> I came home from vacation and it appears my non-computer savvy
> housesitter did something funky or I got a virus. I am not able to open
> any .exe and am looking for how to redo the file association for it...
> HELP!!!

Are .EXE files broken or .LNK files or both? If you normally start programs
from a shortcut (.LNK file) then it may only be .LNK files that are broken.
Try creating a new shortcut and test if it works. If yes, delete damaged
shortcuts and replace them with new working shortcuts.

A quick way to test if .EXE files are broken as well is to find an .EXE
file and double click on it. Choose an .EXE file that you know will launch
a program such as explorer.exe or iexplore.exe If unable to launch Windows
Explorer or My Computer to locate such a file, use Start> Run and type in
notepad and click OK. If that fails, try typing notepad.exe instead.

The loss of functionality for .EXE files is often due to virus or other
security intrusion. After getting .EXE files to work again, scan the system
thoroughly to be sure it is clean. By this I mean, open your antivirus
program. Check that it has the most current virus definitions installed.
Then use the menus to "scan all files." Include all drives or do them one
by one but be sure to scan everything.

MVP Doug Knox has a page where you can obtain fixes for the basic file
associations. There are fixes specifically for .EXE file and .LNK files on
this page: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

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Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User


Re: virus perhaps????