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I can't open any program without using Windows Task Manager

So here's the story. A few months ago I accidentally downloaded a fake security program. I was able to get it off but now I cant open programs without using windows task manager nor can i install any programs. Can anyone help me?

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Which Windows?
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Thanks
that EXE association fix was all i needed. Thanks!
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Thanks for the success report.

In the future tell a little more so members can be sure of the possible cures.
Bob

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