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Windows 7: Programs main execution file's changed from original, cant be seen

09 Jan 2012   #1
woomera

Windows 7 X64
 
 
Programs main execution file's changed from original, cant be seen

Recently i noticed i cannot find some of my programs main exe files while i could access their shortcuts via start menu.
From folder options i enabled showing of system files and there they were, visible again.
Programs like IMGBurn,Process hacker and some others.
also their icons are replaced to one of the system default ones.
i have attached an image from imgburn.exe file. anyone knows whats causing this?

thanks




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09 Jan 2012   #2
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

Hey woomera. This might sort things out for you.

Default File Type Associations - Restore
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10 Jan 2012   #3
woomera

Windows 7 X64
 
 

thanks for the reply but it didnt work. this is simply annoying. :|
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10 Jan 2012   #4
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Was any other software installed around the time this started happening?
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10 Jan 2012   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Woomera, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might also consider doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened to hopefully undo and fix this.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 Jan 2012   #6
woomera

Windows 7 X64
 
 

@Fligi
my guess is that one of the security softwares have caused this but in my few years messing with these stuffs ive never seen something like this.

@Brink
unfortunately i dont have restore points that points past this.

i currently have emsisoft AM and bitdefender IS installed which are running for on-access scans. to my knowledge none of the 2 causes such behavior.

to be honest im not really concerned about this but rather really really curious.
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10 Jan 2012   #7
JimLewandowski

 
 

It sounds as if something changed multiple excecutables within your x86 folder? Does this imply that these directory entries were physically altered to now have these executables be hidden?

From your x86 folder, would issuing this help identify more about the problem:

dir /s /ah /b *.exe

to find all hidden files with .exe suffixes?

Maybe a pattern will emerge.
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10 Jan 2012   #8
woomera

Windows 7 X64
 
 

not just the x86 program files folder. have attached the result from both.


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13 Jan 2012   #9
JimLewandowski

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woomera View Post
not just the x86 program files folder. have attached the result from both.
So, based on those screens, are we to assume that "all" your .exe files within OS drive \ Program Files (both 32 and 64-bit) have been alterd to now be hidden?

What if you issue the DIR command again but withOUT the *.exe part. Maybe every single file of any kind is now set to be hidden in those directories??
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13 Jan 2012   #10
woomera

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woomera View Post
not just the x86 program files folder. have attached the result from both.
So, based on those screens, are we to assume that "all" your .exe files within OS drive \ Program Files (both 32 and 64-bit) have been alterd to now be hidden?

What if you issue the DIR command again but withOUT the *.exe part. Maybe every single file of any kind is now set to be hidden in those directories??
Actually no, just those. many are untouched.
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