Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Exes won't open and other problems

09 Nov 2010   #1

windows 7 home premium 64bit
Exes won't open and other problems

1. Most exes not opening, no error message
2. prior to this - redirection of web browser to spammy sites, unsolicited gumtree searches in tabs popping up.
3. Virus and malware scanners report nothing wrong.

For the last few days I haven't been able to open most exe files on my laptop. I have found that for some reason I can open IE, Paint and Peer Block. When I double click on a program I'd like to run there is no error message only a 'busy' cursor for a second or two and then nothing. I've watched process manager when I try and open something and for the first time I try the correct process appears in the pane, only to disappear less than a second later. I've tried running them as administrator to see if it made a difference, and it didn't. Many useful parts of the control panel do not load.

A few days prior to this I noticed that I was being redirected from google search results I'd clicked on, through a series of spammy looking sites and finally ending up on one called Gomo. Also, a few times I had not been doing anything on the laptop but happened to glance up and noticed it loading new tabs with some gumtree search results that I certainly hadn't asked for. I also noticed in the process manager that there were multiple instances of Opera running and they would not be ended without starting up a few second later. Sometimes they would duplicate endlessly, but other times it's insist on having a certain number.

Before the exe opening problem occured I used the McAffee virus scan that came with the laptop, AdAware and MalwareBytes, all of which claimed to find nothing wrong with the laptop. At this point the laptop was around a week old. When the exe problem started I still had access to McAffee, but nothing else, and it claimed the computer was working normally.

When I have tried to ask others on the internet for help with this they've suggested various virus scanners and so I must stress that I can download but not run any exe file!

Thanks in advance,


Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Dell Inspiron 15
Internet Explorer 8
Opera (most recent stable build)

** I'm intending to use system restore at some point but before I do that I'm waiting for Steam support to reply to me. I downloaded Civilization V after the only useful restore point and I'm wondering firstly whether it will be affected and secondly if it is wiped, whether steam will let me download it again with no charge. Any answers to these questions would be great as well as they seem to be really quite slow at replying

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux

Run the scan of Malwarebytes in safe mode
Rest IE
Exes won't open and other problems-capture.png
If that still does not work use Kaspersky Rescue Disk

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Nov 2010   #3

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Thankyou for the reply. I've reset the IE settings. I should have mentioned that I am still unable to run exes in safe mode.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Exes won't open and other problems

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Revert to default EXEs
I changed my .exe file icons with FileTypesMan and it changed all of them instead of just the ones who hadn't been assigned a custom icon by the creator. How do I fix/change that?
according to the registry, wmplayer is listed to open .exes? + other Q
1. For some reason, in this registry location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe\OpenWithList Wmplayer.exe is listed. Why is it listed? I have never opened an executable file with it. 2. And a second question non related question. If I...
Music, Pictures & Video
Self extracting .exes not installing
First of all, greetings. I've been surfing the forums for quite some time now but never saw the reason to make an account here. Until now that is... I installed the SP1 pack a couple of days ago and today I noticed a problem that's very annoying: When trying to install the Firefox 4 beta, the...
General Discussion
had a bad virus, now all my EXEs will not work
Hello I had a bad Virus, I downloaded MalwareBytes to get rid of it. When Malwarebtyes was done my computer worked great, then while I was surfing the net the computer just rebooted itself. When It came back on All my shortcuts and executables became unusable. When I click on them if i have task...
System Security
I now find both of these as active processes, which if I kill, they immediately return. According to the tooltip, they are some kind of signin assistant for Windows Live ID, but I don't recall installing anything for this. I thought that it might have come from installing Office 2010 beta, but I...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:46.
Twitter Facebook Google+