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Cleaned virus...now exe brings up "open with"

This is very strange...

Client's Dell infected with a scareware...slaved his hd to my computer and ran Vipre...took out 1 nasty...
Then hit it with MBAM but it found nothing else...

Put HD back in clients computer, boots up just fine...don;t see any evidence of the former nasty...
HOWEVER... ANY exe I try to run, I get the "Open With" screen...

I cannot open Word, IE, CCleaner or anything without getting the "Open With" screen and the program choices...

It's like XP is not realizing that these are programs to open and not files that XP has to find a program that will open them...did that make sense???

Client has AOL software installed, and I can get on AOL and to the Inet from AOL...but when I go to www.malwarebytes.org, it is not the page I'm used to seeing...it is similiar to but not the same as the mbam page I go to...

So...not sure how to approach this...I have what I need to rebuild it, but would like to avoid that if possible as client has some programs I would rather not deal with...

thoughts and ideas appreciated...

Steve

Addendum...Just tried to run sfc...in the run command,  sfc /scannow and I get the "Open With" window again...I cannot even run sfc...?????????

So...does anyone know if you can run a repair install from a Dell reinstallation DVD...it has XP medai center installed...I have never figgured out how to do if or if it's even possible...

I'm hurtin' here guys...:)

Addemdum # 2...rundll32.exe is not found...no icons in control panel will open...working on this right now...
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Steve Mutchler
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hutnorCommented:
Run a repair install from an XP CD. You might have deleted a system file when you were removing the virus. Running a repair should put the file back.

Put your XP CD in & boot from the CD at start up. Follow the steps like your installing an OS & look for the repair option. Repair is the first thing that will come up & you jsut need to press the R to get it going.
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Scott ThomsonCommented:
it looks like the dll that all exe's run through has been messed with (by the virus or yourself)

best solution if possible.. format and restart OS
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Steve MutchlerIT TechAuthor Commented:
Ok...I think I got it...and I tried to delete the question, but you guys got to me b4 I could...

Found a reg edit to repair the exe...ran the regedit and right now I'm installing MBAM for another scan...then will run sfc and see where that puts me...I can do that from any XP cd...

Thanx...report back later...
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Ivano ViolaSystem AdministratorCommented:
Download and run the attached reg fix. This should fix your problem.
exefix.reg
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Steve MutchlerIT TechAuthor Commented:
ivanoviola...looks like the same reg file I ran a little bit ago...I imported it and that got my exe's working again...
Then I was able to install MBAM...

Just finished MBAM and it found 7 more nastys...running SFC now...then hit another full MBAM and I think that will do it...

Many thanx for the tips...
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