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Windows 7: Windows 7 won't open all any installed applications

20 Dec 2011   #1
gussuk25

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 .exe won't open

I was stumbling on firefox when all of a sudden my computer shut down. Upon reboot it would not allow me to run any .exe programs. It won't let me run them even if I click on them right at start up. I can open folders and start task manager, but other than that I can't do anything. Reboots take forever and don't work sometimes. I already updated all the registry files also and restored it and neither method worked.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also a side note, watching taskmanager lets me see that the computer is opening processes with an .exe file type but won't allow applications at all.


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20 Dec 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Gussuk, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could download and merged the EXE and lnk (LNK) options in the tutorial below to restore their default associations.
Default File Type Associations - Restore
Afterwards, I would recommend to scan your system with MalwareBytes free to help make sure your system is clean.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Dec 2011   #3
gussuk25

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

yep I already did that. First with the exe option, and then with every other one. And i did it before and after system restores and restarts. It didn't work anyway I tried it.
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20 Dec 2011   #4
search53

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

There's a virus going around that shuts down the Action Center, turns off any AV software you have, and when you try to run an EXE it says something like "What do you want to use to open <programname>?" The only way I was able to recover from it was to boot off my AV DVD (I bought a retail version in the store, so I had a disk), and after cleaning just to be safe I used the oldest Restore point. After booting seemingly clean, I ran a full scan on the system. I've been clean ever since.

From what I can tell, I was infected on the fly from a banner.
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20 Dec 2011   #5
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

If you are using Firefox, I'd advise installing the NoScript add-on.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...ddon/noscript/

It can be a pain sometimes (because idiot web page designers use js and Flash for just about everything these days) but the inconvenience is minor compared to having your PC "hosed" by malware.
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20 Dec 2011   #6
gussuk25

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

to search53, mine doesn't display any sort of message, just pretends to load for a couple minutes and stops. also thank you lehnerus2000 i'll have to check that out.
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21 Dec 2011   #7
gussuk25

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 won't open all any installed applications

I was stumbling on firefox when all of a sudden my computer shut down. Upon reboot it would not allow me to run any installed programs. It won't let me run them even if I click on them right at start up. I can open folders and start task manager, along with defragment and disk clean up, but i can't open any installed programs. Reboots take forever and don't work sometimes. I already updated all the registry files and restored it and neither method worked. I have restarted it and also installed the .exe registry file about 3 times.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also a side note, watching taskmanager lets me see that the computer is opening processes with an .exe file type but won't allow installed applications at all.
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21 Dec 2011   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

This sounds like a potential malware infection. What anti-malware/anti-virus software are you running?

Lets see if this will work without anything else first : download, update, install and run FREE Malwarebytes. Do a quick scan and then post the log here.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300 - TechSpot Downloads

If you have problems installing Malwarebytes, post back here and we can make other suggestions.

Regards,
Golden
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21 Dec 2011   #9
gussuk25

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I have avg, malwarebytes, lavasoft ad-aware, spybot search and destroy, and spyware blaster. The only problem is that I can't run any of them, even if I load a usb with them and write an auto run file.
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21 Dec 2011   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

OK. Lets try Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper (now called Windows Defender Offline). You will need to burn this to a blank DVD and then boot from that. Follow this tutorial to do that, and then post back once it has run - it can take a few hours but we will watch this thread for your reply.

Windows Defender Offline

Regards,
Golden
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