This morning, when I opened my computer, a Dell with windows xp, my Ad Aware program that always open and run when I log into my account showed up a message about something related to the Registry system modification. But there was something that showed up asking to modify the registry and there was this "accept" / "block" button. I clicked on block to all except for 2 of them, where I accidently clicked accept. The thing is, as I kept clicking on block, another message would show up, but after I clicked accept twice, another message came up, I clicked block, then no more message.
Right after that, I saw that the shortcut icons on my computer changed into this. Also were those on the Quick launch toolbar. I looked around in my computer and found out that none of these files could be accessed (when I click on them, either nothing happens or there's a message that says that there's no program for that file or its location couldn't be found, something like that): File types that can't be accessed: lnk, rnd, reg, wpg, exe, fss, dat, cache, crs, redir, sprite. Those are the files that I've encountered that couldn't be opened, and maybe some more, but I haven't checked every single of them. Then, I thought that restarting the computer might bring everything back, so I did, but I guess that was a very bad Idea to do so.
After restarting the computer, when at the main Windows XP welcome screen, there's some kind of block of message that showed up, but there's nothing in it but some squares and 1 or 2 letters. To close it, there was only one button "OK". Then, I logged in my account. Nothing changed, the icons were still not working. At first, I tried to fix it with what I know. I tried running regedit, but it didn't work, either with "Run..." on the start program or in the task manager by doing ctrl+alt+del. It's as if the program just disappeared. Before that, I had tried the system restore, but clicking on the icon just doesn't work. All .exe files cannot be opened.
That's about all the infos I can remember and give. I tried getting a screenshot, but I couldn't open paint to get the picture. Yet, all music files, video files, word, excel, my computer, my documents, rar files, etc, can still be opened. All the pictures work as well. Like, clicking on them can make some programs work (like winamp or windows media player, etc) but clicking on each of them alone can't make them run. I hope you can help me fix this, I believe that it's just some basic program that is missing to make those files run properly, but I don't have any idea if the problem is just really that. Please Help. Thank you very very much (if I can ever get to get a screenshot, I'll post it on).
Edited by tanqttnml, 23 January 2008 - 09:36 PM.