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help with a virus

Posted on 2003-03-28
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I have got the following help:


Probably because the "virus" changed the registry key for opening executable files. Check the value of the following reg key:


Make sure that it has <"%1" %*> as the value to get everything back to normal.

BTW, copy REGEDIT.EXE to REGEDIT.COM first so you can change this

... take my advice, I don't use it anyway!


how do i do this line:


BTW, copy REGEDIT.EXE to REGEDIT.COM first so you can change this

when i try to edit the key it says i cannot edit it?
Question by:short_fat_n_black
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Author Comment

ID: 8229501
ok....so i can change the file to .com now...but now i cant edit the key....why wont it let me edit the key???<<cry>>
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Greetings, short_fat_n_black!
   The person who wrote got it generally correct, except you cannot get in the registry to edit to make the edit because the Regedit program is an .exe file, and your virus has disable the use of it.  To get it back, perform the registry patch below, which does not require the use of an .exe file. I am assuming you are using Windows 98 or Windows ME. If not, do not perform the patch.
   First, I assume you have gotten rid of the virus that cause this problem. Second, backup the registry. Third, copy the all the info between the line into Notepad. Save the file as "exefix.reg". Select file type as *.*  Once the file is saved, double click on the file, and it will merge the file with the registry. Restart the computer, and your exe files will be working again.


"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"




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



Best wishes, war1
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>> so i can change the file to .com now...but now i cant edit the key

After my fix, you need to change regedit.com back to regedit.exe for future use.
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It looks like you have been hit with the YAHA worm

McAffee has utility that is aimed at removing the virus and fixing the registry


Also Symantec
Here is a link on how to remove it. This is pretty detailed so pay close attention and do it the way it is outlined.




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CrazyOne earned 340 total points
ID: 8229635
If this is Win2000 or XP then you need to sign in with an account that has administrative privileges to be able to edit the registry.

Author Comment

ID: 8229892
egh....i ended up just reformatting...again..only twice today! well, thanks for all the help!  I think that the virus was within some files that i backed up so i am starting fresh.  oh btw, the virus was the winampw.exe virus....and i was running xp corp.  and no...i couldnt delete the file.

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