When I turned on my computer tonight all my desktop icons bar a few showed up as .exe files and when I clicked on them I received an error message saying "Windows cannot open this file" and then went on to say "Use the web service to find the appropriate program" or "Select the program from a list".
Using the web to find the "appropriate program" did not work - I just got a blank page or it did not know the program.
Unfortunately I cannot open any of my system checking programs at the moment but I did AdAware and Nortons scans last week and cleared some ads and had no viruses that it picked up.
I use an HP Compaq nx9000 laptop running Windows XP.
I hope someone has some suggestions to get my system running again.