So I bypass the shortcut by pulling up properties and going to the target. When I click then on the icon for the program (which does show...assuming all shortcuts have had the icon changed) and I get a gray box that says 'file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.'
Example: I click on my computer on the desktop and I get the gray box for a file that won't open: computer.Ink So I find the properties and use the 'find target'. It finds the computer icon in the windows box for desktop. On this one when I click on My Computer it goes to the window showing the drives. I click on local disk C and it will go to the files on c and to the programs loaded in 'programs. But if I open a program file and try to open the application, I get the second gray box you talked about. Cannot open an executable program.
Now I have found back doors like I opened my browser by opening help in a window and thus contacting you. My docutments and pictures are ok and if I click on them I can get Word open or CS4 and such, but not directly. All shortcut icons are changed and all program buttons do not work.
Hopefully this is an easy fix as my computer is my livelihood and normally fix most problems myself. I have good spyware and virus protection.
Thank you for any help....
Edited by knightndey, 28 December 2009 - 07:31 PM.