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Cannot open EXE files after virus removal


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I was infected with the Vista Internet Security virus and used my Symantec AV to remove it. However, I am now unable to open any exe files. After searching for answers I came across this thread http://www.geekstogo...es-t182087.html that led me to discover my registry values are incorrect, but I don't know how to fix it. This is quinncx's response:

In the left pane, expand (click +) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, locate and left click on .exe

In the right pane, what is the value shown under the Data column for the (Default) folder? exefile


In the left pane, expand (click +) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then SOFTWARE, then Microsoft, then Windows NT, then CurrentVersion, and left click on Winlogon.

In the right pane, scroll down to Shell. What is the value shown under the Data column for Shell? explorer.exe

For the first one I get secfile and for the second one I get application/x-msdownload. Any idea how to fix this? Or do you need more info? Thanks in advance! (Once we get this figured out I need advice for how to best protect my computer when I have undiscriminate children that don't know what NOT to click on!)
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    Kraków my love :)

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I suggest that you start a new topic in the Malware Removal and Spyware Removal area.

Before you start a new topic click on this link --> Malware and Spyware Cleaning Guide, Please read before starting a new topic. This will give you a few preparations to make, as well as instruction for posting your OTListIt2 log.

If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).
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The problem with that is I can't run .exe files. I'm not sure how I was able to get to the command prompt because at first I was unable to.
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I understand. Simply start new topic in malware forum and let them know what your problem is.
They'll help you out.
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Thank you!
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You're welcome :)
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in addition to checking with the malware pros...you could also try winxp exe fix.reg here

scroll down to where it says

Step 1: Download or create the proper .REG file from the information below.

Windows XP

Here are the System Registry changes that need to be made for Windows XP to properly recognize .EXE files (watch out for line wrap on the longer lines...or, as an alternate, download the WinXP_EXE_Fix.reg file


Edited by happyrock, 03 April 2010 - 05:12 PM.

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