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Windows 7: Can not open programs/.exe files

25 Sep 2011   #1
ElDiablo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Can not open programs/.exe files

I ran Avast to see if I had any problems with my computer (I hadn't checked in a while, wasn't exeriencing any problems though.) It said something about restarting/next startup after it had finished scanning and I clicked "chest"? (is that what it's called). I turned off my laptop and went to sleep. Today I can not open exe files/ run any programs. The usual programs/services that I normally had in the background are not working either. I can not open any web browsers or repair software to help me. I am typing this on my iPod to get some help. Anybody got any ideas?


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25 Sep 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello ElDiablo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to do a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before this happened to hopefully fix it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Sep 2011   #3
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

After seeing 2 other threads on the same thing here in just a few hours, it looks like Avast is mentioned in each one. Seems it might be Avast, or it's definitions causing corruption.

Might read here:

Can't open programs after Avast! scan
Cycbot-KI - False positive? Scared about rebooting
Three False positives
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26 Sep 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

After trying Airbot's suggestion, download MS Security Essentials (see my sig for link) and set it to run on a schedule, say, twice per week. The baddies are always lurking.
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26 Sep 2011   #5
ElDiablo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the help guys, ran the SFC /Scannow and it worked perfectly.
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26 Sep 2011   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good news for sure!
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