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Windows 7: All programs try to open with internet explorer

11 Jun 2011   #21
AJBUB

windows 7
 
 

IE9 but IE8 also had the same problem with me.


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11 Jun 2011   #22
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AJBUB View Post
I moved both files onto my desktop. I hit merge on reg file and they verified their activation keys. THey did not do anything.

ALso by turning internet explore off everything works normally so i would guess its an ie problem.
It's not an IE problem. It's a file association problem. The items in Brink's post will fix it. You need to run all the ones for system files, exe, com, dll, etc.

I don't know what you mean about "verified their activation keys"....there is no such message associated with .reg files. I think you are doing something incorrectly.
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11 Jun 2011   #23
AJBUB

windows 7
 
 

Ok i downloaded everything on that page now what do i do.
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11 Jun 2011   #24
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

As per the steps there, right click one each one, and click on Merge one at a time, approve, and restart.

Default File Type Associations - Restore
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12 Jun 2011   #25
AJBUB

windows 7
 
 

Thanks brink your method worked after much trail. I appreciate your efforts.
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12 Jun 2011   #26
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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12 Jun 2011   #27
harrellr

Window 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey Brink,

Just had the same issue as AJBUB on my wife's PC (I use a Mac). Your fix worked perfectly. I assume malware was responsible for changing .exe extensions to prevent applications from running (no application would run, windows recommended internet explorer for all programs - even task manager); but after running anti-virus software, nothing was detected. Where else should I be looking?
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12 Jun 2011   #28
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Harrellr, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This could also be caused by accidentally setting exe files to "Open with" the wrong default program.

You could also try doing a ESET Online Scanner, and/or run Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper at boot to scan your system.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Jun 2011   #29
harrellr

Window 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Brink,

Great advice. Ran both: ESET found nothing, but the Standalone System Sweeper found the malicious program "VirTool:JS/Obfuscator" . Took 2 hours and 47 min to scan everything. Very nice tool to have. Thanks for the scoop!

Rod
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13 Jun 2011   #30
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Rod.
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