Rogue virus breaking file extensions for .exe

Posted on 2011-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I've had the issue on a few different computers where after running malwarebytes to remove rogue antivirus's I can no longer access .exe files. Almost as though in removal it's removed the registry key that associates those files as applications.

Please provide me with any fix that may work as this is becoming a frustration.

Question by:invisimax
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    Accepted Solution

    Try these to fix borked .exes

    download exeHelper to your desktop.

    Double-click on to run the fix.
    A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.
    Post the contents of exehelperlog.txt (Will be created in the directory where you ran, and should open at the end of the scan)

    Or use Kaspersky's CleanAutoRun.

    Or this which does same thing.


    Author Comment

    It actually breaks all File Extensions. Every file comes up with the "Open With" window.

    LVL 47

    Expert Comment

    Try any of the above file association fixes and see.

    Does the MalwareBytes scan come clean?

    Some rogues also make files/folders hidden, if taht is so, run this tool to remove the hidden flags on files and folders.

    After fixing the .exe file association, also try running TDSSKiller or ComboFix and post the log in case the system is still infected.




    Author Closing Comment

    kaspersky fixed the issue at hand.
    LVL 47

    Expert Comment

    Glad to know it's fixed.

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