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Can't open .exe files in Vista

Posted by poohbear2767 (My Page) on
Tue, May 17, 11 at 16:23

Vista Home Premium
I was working on cleaning off a trojan (vista defender 2011) and I think I got some of it cleaned up, but when I went to open Internet Explorer, it asked me what program I want to use to open it with. Since it was just a shortcut, I chose IE. Still no go. I used another computer to download SuperAntiSpyware and MBAM. I placed them on a flash drive and copied them to the desktop of the Vista computer. Same problem when I click on them to install them. It asked me what program do I want to use to open this file.
I tried booting to last known good configuration. No help.
I am completely at a loss at this point.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Pooh Bear


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RE: Can't open .exe files in Vista

You may have a borken EXE file association problem, probably from the Malware. The computer should be taken to a malware removal forum for further analysis. Broken EXE associations will show up in more thorough scans used by those forums. In the mean time here's a link for fixing the EXE association issue in Vista. You may need to download it onto a flash drive, just click the EXE in the box provided on the web page the link below takes you to...

Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: File-association-fixes-for-Windows


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RE: Can't open .exe files in Vista

Yes that fake vista rogue is hitting seen it a few times now, definitely suggest going to LzD and starting a thread there of your own they will help you run those specialized scans to get the rest of that thing off there.
Analysis and Malware Removal


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RE: Can't open .exe files in Vista

That took care of the exe problem and now programs open just fine. I installed SAS and MBAM and both scans seem to have taken care of the problem. Now I have another problem.

When I turn on the computer I get this error message at startup:

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I also get that message if I try to open Windows Defender from Control Panel.
Any ideas on how to resolve this.

Thanks so much for your help.

Pooh Bear


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RE: Can't open .exe files in Vista

Try this...

Here is a link that might be useful: How to fix


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RE: Can't open .exe files in Vista

Web of Trust flagged that site before it could load.

I disabled Defender in msconfig and now I don't get the error.
Probably not a permanent solution but works for now.

Pooh Bear


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