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Windows 7: Can't add to Open With for any file type


20 Feb 2014   #11
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

AdwCleaner:
http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

If you are using this as a normal run of the mill scan, stop it. I recommend it when someone has a really infected system. I have used it as well and it does foul up some User settings, Power Setting come to mind, can't recall the rest.

You said you ran sfc /scannow with no luck, did you get the message of No integrity Violations Found?

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20 Feb 2014   #12
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
AdwCleaner:
http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

If you are using this as a normal run of the mill scan, stop it. I recommend it when someone has a really infected system. I have used it as well and it does foul up some User settings, Power Setting come to mind, can't recall the rest.
I don't have any of the four Sunday scans fix anything automatically. Anything they report I sort out manually via another scan. I should have mentioned this earlier, before I kick off the the four Sunday scans I run CCleaner's registry cleaner to take care of the easy stuff.

I'm aware of that Awb is aggressive, so I only compare this weeks log with last weeks to look for any significant changes - never seen anything. I've only ever used Awb to exterminate crap on machines (other peoples) that have become badly infested as a last resort before doing a reinstall - its achieved that on a couple of occasions.

I don't think its malware because I'm not seeing any other misbehaviours. If it is malware, then its odd that it would only infect something that many people don't even know about, let alone use - be akin to having the flu in your left thumb :lol:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
You said you ran sfc /scannow with no luck, did you get the message of No integrity Violations Found?
Yep, ends with No integrity Violations Found, its never done anything else - I sometimes wonder whether it ever does anything else

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New information

To try to return control over zip files to WinRAR, I just used the Default Programs Editor(DPE)->Default Programs Setting feature - don't think I've used that feature before. Results are in screen shot, seems to be the Permissions problem I read about at [H]ard|Forum yesterday - the solution there was the ACL Studio software - US$135 - I can just about buy a new computer for that

I have DPE for its File Type Settings feature, it creates associations for things like Edit and Print, it's still working fine

@Britton30 - thanks for sticking with me on this. I like to try and figure out what the cause of a problem is, even if the eventual solution is to install a fresh Windows.

pjd


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20 Feb 2014   #13
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well.....I don't know how to go from here. There may be some clues for you in one of these tutorials.

This one you can try the reg and zip extensions to see of they work. You can still associate Pea Zip and WinRAR with zip file too. Just to see if it will work.
Default File Type Associations - Restore

This may be much of what you've already done, again maybe a memory jogger. Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol

Another approach is to unassociated some file types and go back to see if there's any help.
File Extension Type - Unassociate

Still I'm not sure any will get you the context menu you want. Permissions drive me mad at times. I mentioned Adwcleaner since it may have done some silly things.

Since you're willing to do a fresh install (recommended) I think an inline repair may fix it all. Repair Install

You've done well to keep the same install running for almost 5 years.
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20 Feb 2014   #14
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Another approach is to unassociated some file types and go back to see if there's any help.
File Extension Type - Unassociate
They look interesting - I'll give them a try.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Since you're willing to do a fresh install (recommended) I think an inline repair may fix it all. Repair Install

You've done well to keep the same install running for almost 5 years.
I was hoping it would last me at least 10 years

I'm pretty convinced now that its something to do with Permissions - until yesterday I hadn't realised that Registry Keys even had Permissions. Going to do some research on it - and I'll have a poke around in GPE. If it was data I would say - bah, give Everyone full control of Everything and be done with it

pjd

Update 1: the FileTypesMan utility has enabled me to return control of zip files to WinRAR - yet another useful gadget from Mr Sofer's locker
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