exe associations issue

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
There is a user profile on a computer... when they open word... it says, cannot find exe.

When they open paint for example, it says "open with" list of programs and doesn't associate right.

When they click on other exe files, it still says, cann't find the exe.

The os is XP and it is only happening with one profile.

We have deleted and renamed his profile. It worked for a little bit, but then has the same problem again.

Any ideas?
Question by:BryceRichert
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    by:Dave Baldwin
    Here's one possible solution from Microsoft:
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    do you have roaming profiles?

    check for drive corruption, registry corruption or viruses.

    you might run ccleaner and do registry check.

    I would turn off roaming profiles and delete the profile again.

    then give the system a good cleansing.
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    Accepted Solution

    EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)

    As already  stated, this is possibly from a malware attack....

    Author Closing Comment

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    Expert Comment

    NP. Just make sure you run some followup malware scans to make sure this doesnt keep happening....


    Author Comment

    Thanks, I've updated and scanned with our sym. endpoint.
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    Expert Comment

    Ok, in that case, I would also scan with MalwareBytes. SEP doesnt detect most of the rogue malwares out there...

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