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Error message when opening shortcuts to programs

When i try to open a shortcut to a game, word, windows media player, paint or any other program like that, it comes up with an error message saying, "the file does not have a program associated with it for peforming this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel." (however, if i open a word FILE, it opens word without any problems. i have also tried opening it from the program folder, which didnt work...) i havent tried this because i dont know how. I had been on the computor in the morning and was playing battlefield 2 demo. it wouldnt load my account to go online so i turned off the computor using the 8-10 second hold down (i usually do this when things like this happen with no concequence) because it wouldnt minimize, and the task manager wouldnt come up. one more thing, is that the computer had 11 viruses on it that havent really done anything except slow my computer down in the past.

please help! im thinking of doing a system rebuild but itl take ages to install everything again.

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URGENTLY NEED HELP

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i just realised that i could be running without a firewall or any protection against viruses etc. from the internet. meaning i really need to get some help before anything decides to just waltz into my computer...

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Iced_tea, For the shortcut problem go to the link below and download the "LNK (Shortcut) File Association Fix" which is a zip file. Download the ZIP and open it. Extract the REG file to your hard disk and double click it. Answer yes to the import prompt.

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

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ok

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are you sure this is what i need to do? i dont wanna ****** it up even more...i forgot to say that i cant even install or uninstall programs...does that change things?

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Re: ok

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Iced_tea, I'm assuming you're using Windows XP and that fix in my previous reply won't mess anything up more than it is. Sounds like you have more than shortcut problems.

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new information

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i just looked at the event viewer for the exact time i turned off the computor after battlefield 2 was taking too long to load

Type - source - category -
error - application hang - (101) -

Description: Hanging application BF2.exe, version 0.0.0.0, hang module hungapp, version 0.0.0.0, hang address 0x00000000.

BF 2 being battlefield 2. any ideas anyone?

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nope

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this is bad, it comes up with the same error message when i try to open that.

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Re: nope

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Can you access regedit? Start>Run then type in: regedit
click OK

Post back

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no

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it doesnt come up with the usual error message, but it doesnt know what program to open it up with. (select a program from a list or go on the web to find out) thats pretty bad isnt it?

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Do the following: Go to the link below and scroll down to Line 12 (left column) and click on "EXE (lnk and regfile) Fix for Windows XP" to download a reg file. Save the REG File to your hard disk somewhere you can easily find it as we'll need it later.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

After you do that press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager. Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run). This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter. If regedit opens click on File, click on Import then browse to find that file you just downloaded and saved from the Kelly's Kormer site and left click once on it to hilite it then click the Open button. Hopefully it will correct the exe and lnk file associations.

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IT WORKED!

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I LOVE YOU! THANK YOU SO MUCH! (it worked) im about to run an ad aware scan etc. to see if malware caused it somehow, but yeah thanks so much!

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ok thanks

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also thanks for staying and helping me solve this! hope i can return the favour someday.

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Re: IT WORKED!

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Iced_tea, Good job and glad it worked. Yes, usually that type problem is caused by a virus/trojan or malware. Run Ad-aware and also update your virus definitions and run a full virus scan.

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ok its been a while

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im afraid its still doing the same thing, when i put in the fix, it works. when i turn or log off, its back to erroe messages. so i end up having to put it in every time i turn on the computor. by the way, if i put in say a game cd, the auto run seems to work...any ideas?

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