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Windows 7: Malware everything opening Windows Media Center

29 Apr 2012   #1

windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp1
Malware everything opening Windows Media Center

I got a call to help over the phone to get a machine running widows 7 working. All programs open Windows Media Center. I couldn't get to regedit, msconfig, cmd, nothing. All programs open WMC. I told him he can drop it off at my shop. So when I get it I will warn him that I may have to wipe it. I know I can possibly create a new user and run ant-malware. Or I can change each file extension for each program. I even tried to just disable WMC in the widows program list. But to no avail, still WMC started up. Any suggestions that wont take hours and hours to fix, because time is money and I can't spend days on this. There is not sensitive data or anything on it, just gaming.

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29 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 x64

you can restore the proper linking for executables using the exe link here
Default File Type Associations - Restore

It's possible it will also work just by booting Safe Mode (with networking option)

Then you can download install update and run this(free version is fine). which works fairly well even in safe mode.
Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO removes malware including viruses, spyware, worms and trojans, plus it protects your computer
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29 Apr 2012   #3
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums mikeatlas. You can also try Windows Defender Offline. A good tool for your toolkit in any case. A Guy
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30 Apr 2012   #4

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
MSE is great

My problem with any of these "Free" one's - even Malwarebytes which has a good reputation for "After the fact scanning" -- but IMO if you find a virus "After the fact" then damage has already been done -- time for re-install or refresh from good image -- is that they always push a "PRO" version at you -- often sending loads of emails requesting you to "Upgrade" for the "Mega magnificent Features" not found in the free version.

I am not against people flogging products -- but being pestered with loads of emails certainly wouldn't endear me to the company trying to peddle me something.

Also you can never be sure if the "Freebie" is actually "fit for purpose" since all the resources will obviously go into the commercial product.

Incidentally in W8 MSE has "morphed" into a re-vamped "Windows Defender" (both functions now merged into Windows defender) complete with real time protection and user manual scanning if required. Seems pretty good -- so if this is back ported into W7 (no reason why it shouldn't be) then most free AV software is essentially redundant and you won't need malwarebytes either.

Advantage of MS also is that updates are done automatically as well via windows updates and MS DEFINITELY has an interest in keeping its OS as secure as possible so there is no lack of commitment by MS on this issue either.

I'd get rid of ANY stock I have in most of these AV software vendors companies !!!. A few corporates will survive as will "Militiary Strength" stuff -- but for the likes of you and me -- MSE (or the revamped Windows defender as in W8) is MORE than sufficient - and won't hog your machine either.

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30 Apr 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


To rule out the cause of the problem being malware, then Windows Defender Offline, WDO, should be your first choice.

If after running WDO you still have problems, then the restoration of the default file associations as recommended by MaguCreed is your next step.

First WDO, then restoration of default file associations.

Let us know the results.
And of course, welcome to SevenForums.
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30 Apr 2012   #6

windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp1

Thanks for all of your help guys. I will update when I take delivery of the machine. Though I do not think that I will be able to run the Widows defender considering nothing else run. Even IE opens in WMC.
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30 Apr 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

You will be able to run Windows Defender Offline.

WDO (Windows Defendender Offline) runs from either a CD or a USB (my preferred approach).

If WDO does not run then you should test your ram since WDO runs from ram.

Gain computer knowledge and experience by using WDO.

You may, let's hope not, find that you will need to run WDO at some later time on your machine.

You may have a friend whose computer is infected. Run WDO on his/her machine and he/she will be very grateful.
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07 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by araheem View Post
Hello Everybody,

Good Day,

I have the same problem. I solved by this way.. very simple. follow these steps.

1) Boot with safe mode

2)create another one administrator user account

3)Go to control pannel > programs and features and click on Turn Windows features on or off then this window will appear in that just uncheck the Windows Media Center

4)Restart your computer.. your problem solve..

>> login your old user account and install Ccleaner free tool to clean unwanted temp files, cookies, etc you can download from this link CCleaner - CNET

>> Make a clean everything and registry. clean two, three times.. then you can delete ur newly created user account and enable your media center as mentioned above...

I hope you solved!!!same like me..,
First, Windows7 does not need registry "cleaning." Second, instead of doing all of that, you should remove the Malware in the first place.
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07 Jun 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

I'll agree registry cleaning win 7 has lead to nothing but problems for me.
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