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I cannot open .exe files.... receiving "The command line argument is not valid. Verify the switch you are using"

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I cannot open any executable files via shortcuts or directly. It all started when I tried to create a shortcut for outlook by pinning it in the start menu. Outlook works fine, but none of the program files will open. When I click on any program files I received the following error "Microsoft Office Outlook.....The command line argument is not valid. Verify the switch you are using".

I've tried running anti-virus, malware and spyware programs to no avail. The only way  can launc an .exe files through the command.com window, which is how  was able to run the anti-virus programs.

I've included an attachment of the log produced by HiJackThis, maybe it can help identify the problem. Please Help!!!
hijackthis.log
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Question by:Banghouse
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by:vertsyeux
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I've seen this twice before; once was an outlook problem, the other time was a virus.. Check out this link

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312346

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by:Banghouse
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This method doesn't work as I tried it before. Although I'm getting an Outlook error it doesn't see to be affecting Outlook.
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by:war1
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Hello Banghouse,

You probably corrupted a registry.  If the problem started when you tried to create a shortcut, perform a system restore to date for you made the shortcut.

Hope this helps!
war1
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Hey war1,

Thanks for the help but for some reason  my system restore wasn't enabled. So I couldn't go back to undo whatever I did that is causing this problem.
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by:Banghouse
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orangutan tried it doesn't work..... I don't understand why there isn't any solution for this probem.
HELP!!!!!!
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ok I finally found a fix to my problem. Anyone who is dealing with a similar problem with me please go to the following link http://en.kioskea.net/faq/sujet-1570-unable-to-run-executable-files-exe or you can follow this relatively easy fix:


This solution is valid for XP and 2000 versions.

    * Go to Control Panel and then Folder Options.
    * Select the File Type tab and then click New



    * Type in EXE file extension and click OK



    * The EXE extension is automatically selected, then click Restore
    * Close the dialog box

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Orangutang,

I tried that method twice before and it simply didn't work. The method I used above worked perfectly and flawlessly. Thank God I didn't give up and format my hard drive!!!!
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