infection and weirdness w32.ramdec

It appears, according to Norton Anti-Virus, my laptop is infected by the W32.ramdec virus.  Every time I try to open Regedit, or any program for that matter, Windows tries to find a program to open it i.e. it is treating executables as files and doesn't know what to do with them. The only program that works is Explorer.exe (through My Computer)
Help I don't know how to rid myself of this worm
Thanks in advance,
lostandscared


p.s. also, I can't access any control panel features. "Access to specified device, path, or file is denied."
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Fatal_ExceptionConnect With a Mentor Systems EngineerCommented:
Viruses can and do exploit file exploits and their associations. Thus, it is important that file extension viewing is enabled and that you are aware of which extensions are associated with which programs. Before proceeding further, ensure file extension viewing is enabled on your system. Visit the Executable File Extension center for details.

http://antivirus.about.com/library/lessons/blfileassoc.htm\

Executable File Extensions

http://antivirus.about.com/library/blext.htm
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Boot to safe mode (F8 at startup) and try running Norton from there to kill the virus..

If that does not work, then boot to Safe Mode with Networking, and try an online scan...

Virus Check On Line

Online virus scan:  http://www3.ca.com/virusinfo/

Security Check:  http://www.symantec.com/product/index_homecomp.html

Online trojan scan? www.trojanscan.com
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lostandscaredAuthor Commented:
i virus is already gone. norton caught it. its the damage I'm trying to repair.
for some reason all executables were spawning Microsoft Word. Everytime I start a program Word opens and tries to edit the executable.
So, not knowing what to do, I opened (under Explorer) Tools, Folder Options, File Types. I reassociated exe with ms-dos programs. This fixed the word problem but I lost all the icon associations for each executable.
 
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
EXE files should be associated with Applications... ck the list in the link above for associations...

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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
hmmmm
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Thanks
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