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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by John, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. John

    John Flightless Bird

    I have a user that had a virus that was removed. Whenever he tries to open
    an .exe file, like Acrobat Reader, he gets an Open With window. I'm not
    sure how to repair this. Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    John
     
  2. Jack B. Pollack

    Jack B. Pollack Flightless Bird

    save the text below as a reg file and import into registry:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
    @="exefile"
    "Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\PersistentHandler]
    @="{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
    @="Application"
    "EditFlags"=hex:38,07,00,00
    "TileInfo"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion"
    "InfoTip"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
    @="%1"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
    "EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
    @="\"%1\" %*"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command]
    @="\"%1\" %*"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler]
    @="{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps]
    @="{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property
    Page]
    @="{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}"




    "John" <bsmith@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:eyWD6Qb0KHA.2196@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >I have a user that had a virus that was removed. Whenever he tries to open
    >an .exe file, like Acrobat Reader, he gets an Open With window. I'm not
    >sure how to repair this. Any ideas?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > John
    >
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    You (or your user) have much more work to do!

    NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription had
    expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your subscription has
    since expired and/or the machine's not been kept fully-patched at Windows
    Update, don't waste your time with any of the below: Format & reinstall
    Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!

    Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in
    dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including unwanted
    software), and adware.
    https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&prid=7552&st=1

    Also available via the Consumer Security Support home page:
    https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com/

    Otherwise...

    1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

    NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
    MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
    machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.

    2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan (only!)
    in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm

    2b. Vista or Win7=> Run this scan instead:
    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm

    3. Now run a thorough check for hijackware, including posting requested logs
    in an appropriate forum, not here. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!

    Checking for/Help with Hijackware:
    http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
    http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware

    **Chances are you will need to seek expert assistance in
    http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=10.0,
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5,
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup,
    http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php,
    http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30 or other appropriate forums.**

    If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
    this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
    independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.

    John wrote:
    > I have a user that had a virus that was removed. Whenever he tries to
    > open
    > an .exe file, like Acrobat Reader, he gets an Open With window. I'm not
    > sure how to repair this. Any ideas?
     
  4. Michael

    Michael Flightless Bird

    His "rundll.exe" may be corrupted.

    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."


    "John" <bsmith@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:eyWD6Qb0KHA.2196@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > I have a user that had a virus that was removed. Whenever he tries to
    > open an .exe file, like Acrobat Reader, he gets an Open With window. I'm
    > not sure how to repair this. Any ideas?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > John
    >
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    <snicker>

    Michael wrote:
    > His "rundll.exe" may be corrupted.
    >
    >
    > "John" <bsmith@aol.com> wrote in message
    > news:eyWD6Qb0KHA.2196@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> I have a user that had a virus that was removed. Whenever he tries to
    >> open an .exe file, like Acrobat Reader, he gets an Open With window. I'm
    >> not sure how to repair this. Any ideas?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> John
     

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