All programs open Windows Media and not what I called up

Posted on 2009-04-16
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
When I try to open any programs  Windows Media Player opens saying I can not play this item due to a codec.

I can not even open system restore or m web cam so I need to help getting my computer back to the way it was.

Question by:TheTechEase
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    The .exe association fix from the following page should fix the problem.

    File association fixes for Windows Vista:
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    if i am getting right it's a trojan horse i met some months before, when it prompts for codec it actually checks for updates. type msconfig from run command and select disable all from startup tab, restart the system. if problem still exists after reboot it must be a spyware. give a scan with the tool like spyware doctor or trojan remover to remove it. Good Luck !!

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    Some of the icons are still WMP logo even after a restart tho. Any ideas?
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    Fix Incorrect icon shown for a file type in Windows Vista - The Winhelponline Blog:

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