Win XP pro windows explorer issues

WIn xp pro- 2gb RAM. Centrino Duo.

Recently when I try to open any of my hard drives thru teh mycomputer window,instead of getting the files inside the drive,I get another screen which asks me to choose an application with which to open the drive.

CAn anyone pls explain why this is happening and how to resolve.

Many thanks in advancce.
AmritashAsked:
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
Sounds like you may have an infection.  Not sure tho.  If you can give us some more information....that might help.  
Maybe try booting into safe mode to see if you can access your files and folders that way.  
Also you can try instead of double clicking, RIGHT Mouseclick on the folder or files you would like to open to see if it gives you options to open or explore folders etc.  Let us know what happens, any error messages etc.

Are you running any antivirus or antispyware software?  Try scanning for infections.  I've seen similar problems with infections that cause what you've described.

you might try running some tools like AVAST, AVG, Super Anti spyware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Hijack this etc....  
And at last resort Combofix.exe.
Try posting a Hijack this log?
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slam69Commented:
alternatively when you get the open with try using explorer.exe and selecting always open with check box and seeing if that works.

if its greyed out let me know
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AmritashAuthor Commented:
Slam69- I can use windows explorer but the always option is greyed out.THe next time again it is not an option and I have to browse to the windows folder to select it?
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
There could be an autorun.inf file on the drive (from a cd), right click on the drive, select explore, if you see an autorun.inf file delete it
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AmritashAuthor Commented:
I have avg.have deleted the quantined files. On the cd drive,there is no cd so rightclick gives drive not accessible.
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slam69Commented:
then the liklihood is infection, as KCTS states the inf file on the drive could be causing the problem, but it will probably be hidden so do s earch using hidden files and folders for autorun.inf and if you find it delete it then delete it out the recycle bin
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slam69Commented:
wont be on teh cd drive it will be on your system root drive, probably c
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slam69Commented:
To correct and solve this error, follow this steps:

1. Run Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del or right click on Taskbar)
2. Stop wscript.exe process if available by highlighting the process name and clicking End Process.
3. Then terminate explorer.exe process.
4. In Task Manager, click on File -> New Task (Run&).
5. Type cmd (without quotes) into the Open text box and click OK.
6. Type the following command one by one followed by hitting Enter key:

del c:\autorun.* /f /s /q /a
del d:\autorun.* /f /s /q /a
del e:\autorun.* /f /s /q /a

c, d, e each represents drive letters on Windows system. If there are more drives or partitions available, continue to command by altering to other drive letter. Note that you must also clean the autorun files from USB flash drive or portable hard disk as the external drive may also be infected.
7. In Task Manager, click on File -> New Task (Run&).
8. Type regedit (without quotes) into the Open text box and click OK.
9. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
10. Check if the value name and value data for the key is correct (the value data of userint.exe include the path which may be different than C drive, which is also valid, note also the comma which is also needed):

Userinit=C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,
If the value is incorrent, modify it to the valid value data.
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kamleshgwalaniCommented:
Addition to KCTS, I would suggest you to first rename it and then delete it. This will ensure that file is safe to delete.
Also look for .VB files along with that, then delete that too.
Once you done at root, search all directories too under hidden way.
Also make sure what USB or external drives you use should be done too.
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AmritashAuthor Commented:
slam69- there is no wscript.exe running in process in task manager
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slam69Commented:
check the two words important in that line IF AVAIABLE!!

if not there then no problems continue to next step
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AmritashAuthor Commented:
:-(...  srry
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slam69Commented:
No problem bud ;o) keep smiling as you should have your prob fixed soon ;o)
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AmritashAuthor Commented:
so after i have done the userinit part do I need to restart or what?
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slam69Commented:
yup restart an dthen yuou shoudl be able to open drives if you cant your system still has the bug and it has recreated itself which you shoudl be able to check by looking for the autorun files again
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AmritashAuthor Commented:
Many THks.
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