Here a challange that has been left to linger before. Six months have passed. Are we wiser today?...
I have exactly the same problem as seen before in the question with almost the identical title (this text is from the former e-mail):
" Booted PC and all shortcuts and program menu items have icons changed to default icons and names changed to *.lnk, etc. Double clicking shortcut or .exe or .com file invokes the windows dialog box 'Windows cannot open this file' and invites an association to be defined.
PC seems OK otherwise. Some program (e.g. Outlook) shortcuts not modified. Can run some programs by 'backdoor'; e.g. can run IE6 by clicking on the 'web' option in the 'cannot open file' dialog box."
This question was never answered with a working solution!
Seems to be the result of a serious virus attack. BOOM! Black screen... (not blue). Autoreboot. And suddenly almost nothing works. Antivirus and Firewall was in place and working when it happend ?!?
There are worms that do this kind of thing. But I have never seen anything as bad as this:
cannot run exe-files
cannot run com-files
cannot run reg-files
cannot run .lnk-files (they are pointing in the wrong "direction"..)
Will not boot to ANY of the safe modes (restarts automatically) - not even command promt.
I tried the solutions to the sirc-worm, but they cannot be used because renaming exe-files to com does not work.
There are no system... sam... hives... files that I trust to be in working condition.
The upside: I can make dual boot to WIN98. And I can boot to WIN98 floppy. And I am NOT using the NSFT-file system. I can log-on as a user or administrator and I can go to the internet with iExpl. or Mozilla.
For now I have moved the harddrive to another machine and made sure there is no (longer? any) virus present (checked, double cheked, 3x, 4x...).
What I need is to be able to edit the registry from a working machine or disk setup and somehow reset the registry to its "default" settings. Just getting to edit the registry would be a great first move!
Would really, really, really hate to have to do a clean reinstal on this machine.
Right now downloading a Linux iso.-file so I can at least save the data.