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xp antivirus2010 virus, help needed please help

by chad11950 / February 26, 2010 10:26 AM PST

I got a virus, av.exe, or xp Antivirus 2010. I went to task manager and stopped it from running then searched for av.exe and deleted the 2 eiles that i found for it, one in prefetch and one in the application data file. Then I could not open any executable files, nothing on my desktop. I get the OPEN WITH screen. I downloaded the anti malware mbam.exe and followed the forum instructions to get it to run and this did not help, although i could not update it once I downloaded it because of the same problem of getting the OPEN WITH screen. I cannot open ie, I got here by using aol. I tried to run system restore and it won't open either, I get the same OPEN WITH screen.
I have windows xp. I am extremely frustrated and desperate for help.

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Next Steps
by kenzo121 / February 26, 2010 8:26 PM PST

Perform a system restore to restore the computer to an earlier date.
Then download and install malware bytes and run.
After that download and run the Kaspersky rescue disk. You need to burn the disk as an image. Boot off the disk and update the virus definitions before you run a scan. Just to warn you a scan can take some time.

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to kenzo121
by chad11950 / February 27, 2010 12:26 AM PST
In reply to: Next Steps

As I stated above I cannot open system restore, I get the OPEN WITH window. I do not have even the slightest idea what a Kaspersky rescue disk is. What is it and where would I get one?
Thank you for your reply.

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Re: rescue disk and exe-file error
by Kees Bakker / February 27, 2010 12:39 AM PST
In reply to: to kenzo121
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Try a repair install of Windows XP
by kenzo121 / February 27, 2010 12:59 AM PST
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2010 issue
by Phil Crase / February 26, 2010 11:08 PM PST

Put the updated version of Malwarebytes on a flash drive (loaded from a CLEAN computer), boot the infected system into safe mode, load the malwarebytes from the flash drive, run it and see if that doesn't do the trick. Good luck!

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to Phil Crase
by chad11950 / February 27, 2010 12:45 AM PST
In reply to: 2010 issue

I was able to run Malwarebytes by following the forum instructions and changing it from a .exe file to a .com file, however the scan found nothing. I'm guessing thats because I had already deleted the av.exe files. I did try starting in safe mode and could still not open or run any executables. The only thing i can open is aol. So, I'm still stuck.
Thank you for your reply.

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Try this possible fix.
by Tufenuf / February 27, 2010 1:24 AM PST
In reply to: to Phil Crase

chad11950, 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 fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it or right click it and choose "merge" and answer yes to the import prompt.


If you can't run the file do the following:

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. Once regedit is open click File>Import and locate that reg file fix, hilite it and click Open.

Note: If you can't access the Internet with the problem computer use another computer to download the reg file fix onto a CD, thumb drive, or floppy and transfer the file to the problem computer then run it.

After that .reg file is merged into the registry successfully restart your computer.


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