Windows XP opens Wordpad



Patrick
07-09-2005, 11:50 PM
Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs in MS-Dos!!
Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer, Outloook and very
other program I have.

Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install Windows XP
however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals files,
emails etc?


Thanks

Wesley Vogel
07-09-2005, 11:50 PM
EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)

Windows® XP File Association Fixes
Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm



--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:A7571DB2-F933-49E5-A0E1-8E05F7F9125E@microsoft.com,
Patrick <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
> Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs in
> MS-Dos!! Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer,
> Outloook and very other program I have.
>
> Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install Windows XP
> however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals files,
> emails etc?
>
>
> Thanks

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-09-2005, 11:50 PM
I would add that you might want to run the .lnk (shortcut) fix as well.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:uMhHpKKZFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)
>
> Windows® XP File Association Fixes
> Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
>
>
>
> --
> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>
> Wes
> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>
> In news:A7571DB2-F933-49E5-A0E1-8E05F7F9125E@microsoft.com,
> Patrick <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
>> Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs in
>> MS-Dos!! Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer,
>> Outloook and very other program I have.
>>
>> Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install Windows
>> XP
>> however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals files,
>> emails etc?
>>
>>
>> Thanks
>

Wesley Vogel
07-09-2005, 11:50 PM
Good point!

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:OyDh7%23KZFHA.3096@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
Rick "Nutcase" Rogers <rick@mvps.org> hunted and pecked:
> I would add that you might want to run the .lnk (shortcut) fix as well.
>
> --
> Best of Luck,
>
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>
> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
> news:uMhHpKKZFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)
>>
>> Windows® XP File Association Fixes
>> Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
>> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>>
>> Wes
>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>>
>> In news:A7571DB2-F933-49E5-A0E1-8E05F7F9125E@microsoft.com,
>> Patrick <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
>>> Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs in
>>> MS-Dos!! Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer,
>>> Outloook and very other program I have.
>>>
>>> Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install Windows
>>> XP
>>> however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals files,
>>> emails etc?
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks

Patrick
07-09-2005, 11:50 PM
Gentlemen, I downloaded the EXE registry fix from Doug's page, I assume this
is the correct file to DL because all my EXE programs are opening in Wordpad,
however nothing has chaged. Do I need to DL all of the files on Doug's page
and proceed to install them all before I see any fix?

Patrick

"Wesley Vogel" wrote:

> Good point!
>
> --
> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>
> Wes
> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>
> In news:OyDh7%23KZFHA.3096@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
> Rick "Nutcase" Rogers <rick@mvps.org> hunted and pecked:
> > I would add that you might want to run the .lnk (shortcut) fix as well.
> >
> > --
> > Best of Luck,
> >
> > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
> >
> > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
> > news:uMhHpKKZFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> >> EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)
> >>
> >> Windows® XP File Association Fixes
> >> Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
> >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> --
> >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
> >>
> >> Wes
> >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
> >>
> >> In news:A7571DB2-F933-49E5-A0E1-8E05F7F9125E@microsoft.com,
> >> Patrick <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
> >>> Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs in
> >>> MS-Dos!! Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer,
> >>> Outloook and very other program I have.
> >>>
> >>> Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install Windows
> >>> XP
> >>> however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals files,
> >>> emails etc?
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Thanks
>
>

Peter Foldes
07-09-2005, 11:50 PM
Did you run the .lnk (shortcut) fix as well

--
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Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
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"Patrick" <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:A314E3BA-5CAF-4283-9194-FE6D22B7621D@microsoft.com...
> Gentlemen, I downloaded the EXE registry fix from Doug's page, I assume this
> is the correct file to DL because all my EXE programs are opening in Wordpad,
> however nothing has chaged. Do I need to DL all of the files on Doug's page
> and proceed to install them all before I see any fix?
>
> Patrick
>
> "Wesley Vogel" wrote:
>
>> Good point!
>>
>> --
>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>>
>> Wes
>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>>
>> In news:OyDh7%23KZFHA.3096@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
>> Rick "Nutcase" Rogers <rick@mvps.org> hunted and pecked:
>> > I would add that you might want to run the .lnk (shortcut) fix as well.
>> >
>> > --
>> > Best of Luck,
>> >
>> > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>> >
>> > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
>> > news:uMhHpKKZFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> >> EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)
>> >>
>> >> Windows® XP File Association Fixes
>> >> Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
>> >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>> >>
>> >> Wes
>> >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> >>
>> >> In news:A7571DB2-F933-49E5-A0E1-8E05F7F9125E@microsoft.com,
>> >> Patrick <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
>> >>> Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs in
>> >>> MS-Dos!! Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer,
>> >>> Outloook and very other program I have.
>> >>>
>> >>> Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install Windows
>> >>> XP
>> >>> however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals files,
>> >>> emails etc?
>> >>>
>> >>>
>> >>> Thanks
>>
>>

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
Hi Patrick,

Just try the .lnk (shortcut) fix next.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Patrick" <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:A314E3BA-5CAF-4283-9194-FE6D22B7621D@microsoft.com...
> Gentlemen, I downloaded the EXE registry fix from Doug's page, I assume
> this
> is the correct file to DL because all my EXE programs are opening in
> Wordpad,
> however nothing has chaged. Do I need to DL all of the files on Doug's
> page
> and proceed to install them all before I see any fix?
>
> Patrick
>
> "Wesley Vogel" wrote:
>
>> Good point!
>>
>> --
>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>>
>> Wes
>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>>
>> In news:OyDh7%23KZFHA.3096@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
>> Rick "Nutcase" Rogers <rick@mvps.org> hunted and pecked:
>> > I would add that you might want to run the .lnk (shortcut) fix as well.
>> >
>> > --
>> > Best of Luck,
>> >
>> > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>> >
>> > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
>> > news:uMhHpKKZFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> >> EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)
>> >>
>> >> Windows® XP File Association Fixes
>> >> Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
>> >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>> >>
>> >> Wes
>> >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> >>
>> >> In news:A7571DB2-F933-49E5-A0E1-8E05F7F9125E@microsoft.com,
>> >> Patrick <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
>> >>> Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs in
>> >>> MS-Dos!! Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer,
>> >>> Outloook and very other program I have.
>> >>>
>> >>> Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install
>> >>> Windows
>> >>> XP
>> >>> however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals
>> >>> files,
>> >>> emails etc?
>> >>>
>> >>>
>> >>> Thanks
>>
>>

Patrick
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
Hi Rick,

Tried the linkfile_fix.zip and didn't seem to work. I now have 17 wordpad
docs opening up when I boot up, I see it's trying to load Viruscan, and a
bunch of other startup programs like shnlog, mstinit, ctfmon etc etc.



"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

> Hi Patrick,
>
> Just try the .lnk (shortcut) fix next.
>
> --
> Best of Luck,
>
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>
> "Patrick" <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:A314E3BA-5CAF-4283-9194-FE6D22B7621D@microsoft.com...
> > Gentlemen, I downloaded the EXE registry fix from Doug's page, I assume
> > this
> > is the correct file to DL because all my EXE programs are opening in
> > Wordpad,
> > however nothing has chaged. Do I need to DL all of the files on Doug's
> > page
> > and proceed to install them all before I see any fix?
> >
> > Patrick
> >
> > "Wesley Vogel" wrote:
> >
> >> Good point!
> >>
> >> --
> >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
> >>
> >> Wes
> >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
> >>
> >> In news:OyDh7%23KZFHA.3096@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
> >> Rick "Nutcase" Rogers <rick@mvps.org> hunted and pecked:
> >> > I would add that you might want to run the .lnk (shortcut) fix as well.
> >> >
> >> > --
> >> > Best of Luck,
> >> >
> >> > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> >> > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> >> > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> >> > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> >> > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
> >> >
> >> > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
> >> > news:uMhHpKKZFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> >> >> EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)
> >> >>
> >> >> Windows® XP File Association Fixes
> >> >> Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
> >> >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >> --
> >> >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
> >> >>
> >> >> Wes
> >> >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
> >> >>
> >> >> In news:A7571DB2-F933-49E5-A0E1-8E05F7F9125E@microsoft.com,
> >> >> Patrick <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
> >> >>> Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs in
> >> >>> MS-Dos!! Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer,
> >> >>> Outloook and very other program I have.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install
> >> >>> Windows
> >> >>> XP
> >> >>> however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals
> >> >>> files,
> >> >>> emails etc?
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Thanks
> >>
> >>
>
>
>

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
Patrick,

Click Start, Run and type "Command" and press Enter
Type the following and then press Enter after typing each one:

cd\windows
regedit

Navigate to and select the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe

This key is probably causing all the trouble. If this key is present, delete
it.

Additionally, download fixreg.com file from Grisoft Utilities page and run
it:
http://www.grisoft.cz/softw/70/filedir/util/avg_rem_sup.dir/fixreg.com

If nothing helps, try a System Restore rollback using these steps:

Launch System Restore User interface from Command.com prompt, by typing
this:

C:\Windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

* Note: The above assumes Windows folder is C:\Windows. Alter the
drive-letter / Path accordingly if Windows is installed in a different drive
or folder.

If the System Restore screen opens, select "Restore my computer to an
earlier time" and click Next. Select the System Restore point / date during
which the 'problem' was not seen.

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Patrick" <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:77D17C58-4A24-48CF-A035-9E74788438F2@microsoft.com...
> Hi Rick,
>
> Tried the linkfile_fix.zip and didn't seem to work. I now have 17 wordpad
> docs opening up when I boot up, I see it's trying to load Viruscan, and a
> bunch of other startup programs like shnlog, mstinit, ctfmon etc etc.
>
>
>
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>
>> Hi Patrick,
>>
>> Just try the .lnk (shortcut) fix next.
>>
>> --
>> Best of Luck,
>>
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>>
>> "Patrick" <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:A314E3BA-5CAF-4283-9194-FE6D22B7621D@microsoft.com...
>> > Gentlemen, I downloaded the EXE registry fix from Doug's page, I assume
>> > this
>> > is the correct file to DL because all my EXE programs are opening in
>> > Wordpad,
>> > however nothing has chaged. Do I need to DL all of the files on Doug's
>> > page
>> > and proceed to install them all before I see any fix?
>> >
>> > Patrick
>> >
>> > "Wesley Vogel" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Good point!
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>> >>
>> >> Wes
>> >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> >>
>> >> In news:OyDh7%23KZFHA.3096@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
>> >> Rick "Nutcase" Rogers <rick@mvps.org> hunted and pecked:
>> >> > I would add that you might want to run the .lnk (shortcut) fix as
>> >> > well.
>> >> >
>> >> > --
>> >> > Best of Luck,
>> >> >
>> >> > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> >> > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> >> > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> >> > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> >> > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>> >> >
>> >> > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
>> >> > news:uMhHpKKZFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> >> >> EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE
>> >> >> files)
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Windows® XP File Association Fixes
>> >> >> Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
>> >> >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
>> >> >>
>> >> >>
>> >> >>
>> >> >> --
>> >> >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Wes
>> >> >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> >> >>
>> >> >> In news:A7571DB2-F933-49E5-A0E1-8E05F7F9125E@microsoft.com,
>> >> >> Patrick <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
>> >> >>> Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs
>> >> >>> in
>> >> >>> MS-Dos!! Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer,
>> >> >>> Outloook and very other program I have.
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install
>> >> >>> Windows
>> >> >>> XP
>> >> >>> however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals
>> >> >>> files,
>> >> >>> emails etc?
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> Thanks
>> >>
>> >>
>>
>>
>>

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
Hi Patrick,

Start/run regedit.exe, navigate to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command

Replace the "default" value in the right pane (double click it to edit)
with:

"%1" %*

you can copy/paste this value from here.

Then navigate here:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe (that's period - exe)

Replace the "default" value in the right pane (double click it to edit)
with:

exefile

You may see other subkeys, do not mess with them.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Patrick" <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:77D17C58-4A24-48CF-A035-9E74788438F2@microsoft.com...
> Hi Rick,
>
> Tried the linkfile_fix.zip and didn't seem to work. I now have 17 wordpad
> docs opening up when I boot up, I see it's trying to load Viruscan, and a
> bunch of other startup programs like shnlog, mstinit, ctfmon etc etc.
>
>
>
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>
>> Hi Patrick,
>>
>> Just try the .lnk (shortcut) fix next.
>>
>> --
>> Best of Luck,
>>
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>>
>> "Patrick" <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:A314E3BA-5CAF-4283-9194-FE6D22B7621D@microsoft.com...
>> > Gentlemen, I downloaded the EXE registry fix from Doug's page, I assume
>> > this
>> > is the correct file to DL because all my EXE programs are opening in
>> > Wordpad,
>> > however nothing has chaged. Do I need to DL all of the files on Doug's
>> > page
>> > and proceed to install them all before I see any fix?
>> >
>> > Patrick
>> >
>> > "Wesley Vogel" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Good point!
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>> >>
>> >> Wes
>> >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> >>
>> >> In news:OyDh7%23KZFHA.3096@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
>> >> Rick "Nutcase" Rogers <rick@mvps.org> hunted and pecked:
>> >> > I would add that you might want to run the .lnk (shortcut) fix as
>> >> > well.
>> >> >
>> >> > --
>> >> > Best of Luck,
>> >> >
>> >> > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> >> > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> >> > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> >> > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> >> > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>> >> >
>> >> > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
>> >> > news:uMhHpKKZFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> >> >> EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE
>> >> >> files)
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Windows® XP File Association Fixes
>> >> >> Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
>> >> >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
>> >> >>
>> >> >>
>> >> >>
>> >> >> --
>> >> >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Wes
>> >> >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> >> >>
>> >> >> In news:A7571DB2-F933-49E5-A0E1-8E05F7F9125E@microsoft.com,
>> >> >> Patrick <Patrick@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
>> >> >>> Hello, Just today Windows XP is attempting to open all my programs
>> >> >>> in
>> >> >>> MS-Dos!! Wordad opens and displays nothing but code for Explorer,
>> >> >>> Outloook and very other program I have.
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> Ayn help is greatly appreciated. I have been told to re-install
>> >> >>> Windows
>> >> >>> XP
>> >> >>> however I have no idea how I am going to backup all my personals
>> >> >>> files,
>> >> >>> emails etc?
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> Thanks
>> >>
>> >>
>>
>>
>>

Malke
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
Patrick wrote:

> Hi Rick,
>
> Tried the linkfile_fix.zip and didn't seem to work. I now have 17
> wordpad docs opening up when I boot up, I see it's trying to load
> Viruscan, and a bunch of other startup programs like shnlog, mstinit,
> ctfmon etc etc.
>
You have at least one trojan running - Troj/Puper-A trojan - and
probably others. This could happen if you have an older version of
McAfee and/or you let your subscription lapse. It can also happen if
you did not practice Safe Hex and clicked on something new for which no
virus definitions were written yet.

In any case, you have to clean up your computer. You will need to get
all tools and updates from a different, known-clean computer with an
Internet connection and a cd burner. If the cleanup process seems
daunting to you, then take the machine to a computer professional (not
your local version of BigStoreUSA). There is no shame in doing this.

All cleanup/malware removal must be done in Safe Mode.

Start by getting and running Sysclean:

TrendMicro's Sysclean is an extensive antivirus tool which has the
advantage of not needing to be installed. It requires two parts - the
scanning engine and the virus pattern files. Delete all Temporary and
Temporary Internet Files before running the program.

1. Create a new folder on your Desktop or the C: drive named something
useful like "Sysclean".
2. Go here and download the two parts of the program to that folder:

http://www.trendmicro.com/download/dcs.asp - Sysclean
http://www.trendmicro.com/download/pattern.asp - virus pattern files

The pattern files will be zipped - extract them with your unzipper (like
WinZip) or if you have XP, you can just open the folder. You need to
put the extracted files in the Sysclean folder you made. For a more
automated way to get Sysclean, use Dave Lipman's Sysclean_FE from
http://www.ik-cs.com/got-a-virus.htm .

3. Restart your computer in Safe Mode. Get into Safe Mode by repeatedly
tapping the F8 key as the computer is starting up to get to the proper
menu.
4. Go to the Sysclean folder you made and double-click on sysclean.com.
Start the scan. After the scan is finished, look at the log. You may
need to make a note of where any viruses were found if they were not
able to be removed so you can manually delete them.

Now, depending on what your antivirus situation was, either uninstall
the obsolete version and get and install a new av; or pay for a new
subscription on your current version. In any case, you need a
full-featured current version av installed and then update its
definitions. Do a thorough scan with it in Safe Mode. I would continue
the cleanup process by scanning for non-viral malware with free tools
like Ad-aware and Spybot Search & Destroy.

Malke
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