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Hi everybody, new here!

Ok, to the problem. None of the .exe files (includes setups, apps) I've downloaded fairly recently have been opening! For example, when I try to open them, a window pops up saying "... has encountered a problem and needs to close." I've tried deactivating my anti-virus, restarting, and redownloading. Nothing I know works! The files work if I transfer them from another computer. Also, files downloaded before my computer started messing up are still working.

Any ideas?

XP user, btw.
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what kind of files? please give an example.
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.exe

Such as: setups (for anything), applications (like Photoshop), things like that
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downloaded from?????
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They can be from anywhere. Even official sites, like the Windows homepage.

Maybe it's just the hardware? My computer's kind of old, and it's hp.

Edited by potatogurl, 30 January 2008 - 03:09 PM.

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Well, here is the issue. If you are downloading applications like photoshop from limewire, bit torrent, or other p2p sites, then you are opening up your self to being infected with malware. Lets not get into the fact that not all "downloads" are what they are reported to be.

At Geekstogo, we don't help with illegeally obtained software. This is per our terms of service. However, We are glad to help in other areas. I'm sorry if this seems a bit over the top, but your answers lead me to believe that the above is true.
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I think at the very least we should make sure your pc is free of malware.

Please go to the malware forum and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the CLICK HERE.

That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself. If at the end of the process you are still having difficulty--and you may not be-- then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum.

If you are still having problems after getting a clean bill of health from the malware expert, please return to this thread.

When you get a clean bill of health, let me know and we can see how to best fix your issues.

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Starjax

Edited by starjax, 30 January 2008 - 01:49 PM.

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Alright, thanks.
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regarding exe files: once the program is installed, can I simply delete the exe icon from my desktop?
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yes, you can.
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