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Windows 7: .exe files keep opening in MS Word - please help

21 Dec 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

You have to restore the default file association for .exe - see here: Default File Type Associations - Restore

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21 Dec 2012   #12

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

If you have run any kind of registry optimizer their is a good chance that a clean install is the only answer.
Let see if your computer is clean of infections. Using a know clean computer use this from a memory stick, (travel drive, thumb drive).
Windows Defender Offline
Let us know what is found. That will guide us on suggestions.
edit; I see me and whs have posted at the same time. Please follow whs instructions.
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21 Dec 2012   #13

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by confuse View Post
I didn't have a restore point so I had to create one today and ran the system restore. The setup exe still opens in MS Word. Any other ideas?

The registry optimizer I was trying to download is the winzip registry optimizer. I have since uninstalled it based on your comments.

Restore points only restore the system to how it was when the restore point was created. It would be pointless to restore to a point after the event happened.

It is a bit disappointing though. I was hoping that some application or update had initiated a restore point a while ago.
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22 Dec 2012   #14

windows7 home premium

I ran the windows defender offline and performed a full scan. It detected 1 adware item and I removed it. Shut down and started the pc again. Tried to run the setup exe and it opened in ms word again.

Any other ideas?

Many thanks!
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22 Dec 2012   #15

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Did you try what whs recommended in post #11?
Some scans I also recommend doing.
Free Online Virus Scanner | ESET

TDSSKiller Download
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