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Windows 7: Desktop shortcuts have been infected.

25 Mar 2012   #1
nodsirrah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Desktop shortcuts have been infected.

Last week I clicked on a desktop shortcut to a web site, a Word document came up with what looks like is computer code.
I removed my MS Office 2000 which also removed Word and started using WordPad. I clicked on a shotcut and a WordPad document came up with what looks like is computer code!
I clicked on most of my other shortcuts and selected Properties:
Under type of file I get "DOC File (.doc)"
Under Open With I get "WordPad"
I don"t think I have done anything to create this problem but I am just dumb enough to contribute to the situation.

UPDATE 3/26/12:
I received a notification email stating there was a post to my discussion, I clicked the link and WordPad came up, I copied the link and pasted it in IE Address bar and immediately came to this site.
I then proceded to double click all my desktop icons and each one that contained a link brought up WordPad.
I then opened my deleted emails, which only go back to 3/19/12, and each one that contained a link brought up WordPad.
How do I stop the links from opening WordPad?
Another UPDATE:
I created a shortcut for this web page, whenI double click it I get the WordPad program. However, if I create a Favorite and I click on it I get directly to this webpage!
SOLUTION:
Go to control panel and find set default programs, then find your browser and select it. Then click choose defaults for this program and select all availible.


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25 Mar 2012   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

It sounds like you tried to open a document that MS Word 2000 could not display properly or the file was not really a Word document.. Uninstalling MS Office 2000 will cause the operating system to associate WordPad with the file extension of ".doc"... so that part is normal.
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