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A few annoyances

Hi I have a few problems I have been searching all over the internet to get rid of. Hopefully someone here can help me out.

First problem is I cant open any applications directly. This includes media player, firefox, messengers etc. I just get an error that reads, "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the folder options control panel."

I have read about setting up the associations on various sites for specific file extensions but haven't found anything about fixing my problem, and the odd thing is I can still use these apps if I open them indirectly, for instance if I right click a media file and click open with media player then it opens and works fine.

My second problem is that while I was able to use firefox I was being redirected to some random sites every so often when I would try to go to sites like this one that I have used many times. Something like sales.liveperson.net and some others that I didnt bother to remember(nothing serious like porn popups but still annoying). Is this something to do with the new firefox update?

My third problem is that I cannot run regedit. When I try I am give the window that says it cant be opened because it needs to know what program created it and gives me the option to find it manually or use the web service to find the appropriate program.

Thanks in advance for any help!!

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run safe mode

s-a-f-e m-o-d-e
safe mode

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safe mode and...

normally my response would be run safe mode and do what next but this brings me to another problem...

I cant run safe mode. Every attempt and I have tried many times just brings me back to the safe mode option screen telling me the attempt was unsuccessful and if a power surge or unexpected shut down occurred blah blah blah try again.

by the way trying again and again just results in the same thing.

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for anyone who actually has a solution

normally my response would be run safe mode and do what next but this brings me to another problem...

I cant run safe mode. Every attempt and I have tried many times just brings me back to the safe mode option screen telling me the attempt was unsuccessful and if a power surge or unexpected shut down occurred blah blah blah try again.

by the way trying again and again just results in the same thing.

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Re: problems

All of this is a sign of malware, either still active or a residu after removing it. You don't tell the history, so I can't tell which of the two situations it is.

First run the famous exe file association patch: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm.
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/exefile.htm should work also, but the dougknox-link has a 100% success rate for our members.
Then you can run programs again.

Now you can try removal, for example by:
- downloading and running MBAM
- downloading and running SuperAntiSpyware
Both these programs are highly recommended here.

Also succesfull generally are the stand-alone antivirus programs (from a bootable anti-virus CS).

Still, it's possible that after removing the malware there still is damage. Than the best thing to do is a clean install of your OS. Back to factory settings if you have a system recovery CD/DVD.

Kees

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Just what I was looking for

Thanks alot Kees!

The file from dougknox was what I needed. I had tried another file from another forum but it didn't seem to fix anything, so I was hoping I would be able to make the repairs without having to go through the hassle of completely reinstalling the OS. Thanks again.

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I wouldn't be so quick

I wouldn't be so quick to think that you're not going to have to reinstall the OS. Malware damage these days often leaves no other choice. You may be able to fix a few of the more annoying symptoms, but odds are you'll be coming across some other issues that cannot be fixed.

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