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  • Help URGENT !!!!!! with XP pro

    Hi,

    I have win XP pro and i'm having a problem never crossed into before.

    ALL of my desktop shortcuts became usless shortcuts with a "lnk" extention and i can't make any of them work.

    Same problem is with the "exe" files which shows as non recognised files.

    what can i do to repair that ? i can't go into anything.

    Thanks allot.

  • #2
    check this registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command
    it should contain this entry only: "%1" %*
    if there is anything else, it is likely that you have a virus on this machine.

    one virus which does that is the "sircam" but there are plenty of others which do the very same thing.

    go to this link and follow the instructions for manual removal at the bottom of the page. they explain how to open the registry because simply typin regedit into the run prompt will probably not work right now:

    http://[email protected]

    and scan the system for viruses
    Yesterday we stood at the edge of the abyss. Today we are a step further...

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    • #3
      Chris hi

      Thanks for the tip.
      The problem is that i can't even start the command prompt from the run.
      any idea maybe ???

      Thanks again.

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      • #4
        Try pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL, select TASK MANAGER, and click FILE > NEW TASK (Run).

        Does that help?
        1 + 1 = 11 ... honest!

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        • #5
          No

          it doesn't help, it's asking me to choose a program to open it with.

          ???

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          • #6
            not good mate..

            Have you tried the online virus scanner, from the symantec site that Chris suggested?
            1 + 1 = 11 ... honest!

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            • #7
              yes, i've tried, no good. it doesn't work as well, can't start...

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              • #8
                Can you try rebooting in to Safe Mode and see if that will allow you in to regedit etc?

                Also, try logging in as a different user to your machine see if it's limited to that user login profile?
                1 + 1 = 11 ... honest!

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                • #9
                  try system restore, very useful
                  Good Luck

                  Shai

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                  • #10
                    Thanks,

                    i've succedeed to start the norton aplication, it scanned my computer and didn't find any Virus....

                    The problem continues though.

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                    • #11
                      i dont rely on norton antivirus. i think housecall from trendmicro is much powerful http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
                      also panda software active scan is very good one http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
                      Good Luck

                      Shai

                      MCSE 2003+Security;MCSE 2003+Messaging
                      HP ASE;HP AIS;HP APS

                      So, from me to all of you out there, wherever you are, remember:
                      the light at the end of the tunnel may be you. Good Day!

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                      • #12
                        what error message do u get when trying to open the run box?
                        can you open the run box while being in safe mode?

                        bottom line is: you will need to find a way to get into the registry and check that key mentioned in my first posting.
                        the way to do this is to either rename the file as specified in the instructions by symantec or maybe browse the machine via the network.

                        what about remote registry? is that enabled and can you open the affected machine's registry that way?
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                        • #13
                          Try making a copy of regedt32.exe and rename it to regedt32.com. See that allows you launch registry editor and check the key mentioned in the first post or so.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by shai tsanani
                            i dont rely on norton antivirus. i think housecall from trendmicro is much powerful http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
                            also panda software active scan is very good one http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
                            This is a good topic for discussion

                            Are you talking about Norton AntiVirus and Symantec Anti Virus Corporate Edition as well?
                            Trend Micro is good but the client software is very weighed.
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