change file type association

Posted on 1998-10-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Ok, I must have really screwed up. I had a program on my computer called WebScan by Mcafee. I got a new virus program and installed it. I then Deleted (no Uninstalled like I know I should have) the program webscan.  The problem is that all exe files are ste up to open using webscan.exe file.
I no longer have or can find the webscan program and can't get into any of my exe files unless I go in and rename the file I want to access as the missing webscan.exe. How can I change the file type association so that it no longer looks for webscan?  Or I would be happy to find webscan and reinstall it and remove it the correct way.  Thank you for your help.
Question by:coffkid
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • +1

Expert Comment

ID: 1645943
Even if you deleted it manually you should be able to do something about it in the control panel. Try there first. Next go into the registry and remove any mention of it. Go into the explorer and remove the asscoiation.

Author Comment

ID: 1645944
I don't know how to get to the registry. Control Panel is locked out for me because the files there are all exe files. As for the association I tried to change it in "My computer.... to "view" then to Folder Options, but the exe type files are locked out and I cant change those.


Expert Comment

ID: 1645945
Try this.Go to the run command on the start menu. Type:regedit. Go into edit, find, and type the name of the program starting this trouble. It'll take a long time. First, make a backup of the registry. Highlight "my computer", go into file, click export, and follow the instructions.

Author Comment

ID: 1645946
That will not work because I can't get into RegEdit because it is an exe file.

Expert Comment

ID: 1645947
There isn't much you can do. You can try restoring the backup copy of the registry. Try reinstalling windows. If that doesn't work you are sol. Try this: open a MSDOS box and type regedit at the dos prompt.
Why won’t your email signature format correctly?

Struggling to get your corporate email signatures to format correctly? Does the logo keep resizing? Is the text appearing too big? What can you do to prevent this? Find out how you can save your signatures today.


Expert Comment

ID: 1645948
Reinstall WebScan then uninstall it with Add/Remove.

Author Comment

ID: 1645949
Still wont work.  And for the comment about reinstalling webscan....that would be great if I could find webscan.  I found on the Mcafee site webscanX and installed it but that didn't fix the problem.

Expert Comment

ID: 1645950
Where did you get the copy of Webscan that was on your computer then???

Accepted Solution

cmcgee earned 400 total points
ID: 1645951
Cut and past the following text into a Text file called EXE.REG, save the file and then double click on it to see if that resolves your issue. (You may need to reboot)






@="\"%1\" %*"





Author Comment

ID: 1645952
All I can say is........."You da MAN!"
That worked perfectly.  Thank you sooooooo much.


Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Dual boot for S.O 7 35
Determine if SQL is installed in Server 2008 R2 4 57
Question to the line 4 41
windows 10 too frequent updates regularly , why? 6 35
Recently Microsoft released a brand new function called CONCAT. It's supposed to replace its predecessor CONCATENATE. But how does it work? And what's new? In this article, we take a closer look at all of this - we even included an exercise file for…
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server, using the VMware Host Client. The virtual machine has Windows Server 2016 instal…
As developers, we are not limited to the functions provided by the VBA language. In addition, we can call the functions that are part of the Windows operating system. These functions are part of the Windows API (Application Programming Interface). U…
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …

867 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

18 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now