all desktop programs are linked to notepad in windows 7

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how do i chnged the link for the desktop icons and in program files back to what they are supposed to be
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That sounds like something that would happen with virus or other malware infection.  Have you scanned for malware?  If not, some free online virus scanners:

http://housecall.antivirus.com 

http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp 

http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm 

Also try these free programs to rid your system of spyware, trojans, and other malware:

http://www.superantispyware.com/
SuperAntiSpyware

http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=nl.e415
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.30
LeeTutorretired
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If that doesn't correct the problem, then how long ago was it that everything was OK?  You could try doing a system restore to a point before it happened.  See this page if you don't know how to do it:

http://www.7tutorials.com/system-restore-how-repair-your-system

By the way, do you mean that all shortcuts actually point to Notepad, or is it just that the icons themselves are changed to the one for Notepad?

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the shortcuts actually point to notepad

system restore would complete
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Windows 7 - Default File Type Associations - Restore
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/19449-default-file-type-associations-restore.html

Choose the ones that are broken, and please make sure to do all needed scans.....
LeeTutorretired
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So it doesn't sound like you need to restore your file type associations, just the associations of the shortcuts with the appropriate program.  What do you mean by "system restore would complete"?  Do you know when this problem first occurred?

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the name of the icon have changed to program name.lnk

and all of them open notepad
LeeTutorretired
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Definitely sounds like malware.  How about answering my other questions...
WakeupSpecialist 1
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Have you tried not using the desktop shortcuts and program files? And going to the location of the files that you want to run?
IE: Explore the files/folders go to the folder where the programs reside, and then run them from there using no shortcuts?

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it happened a couple of days ago
all icon open notepad
system restore will not complete successfully

i ran combofix and it did find anything
i am running malware bytes now

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all programs wiil run from there original location

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Run this fixit

http://support.microsoft.com/mats/system_maintenance_for_windows/


Reboot the computer after running the fixit.


Ded9
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Did you reset the file associations for .lnk files from my above link?

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how do you do that
LeeTutorretired
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johnb6767, the file association for .lnk file is probably OK, since  clicking each shortcut does bring up a program, namely the Notepad program...
LeeTutorretired
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Also, apparently each shortcut has been renamed to program name.lnk...  How is the malware bytes program getting along?

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then what do i need to do

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Commented:
thanks

I found a registry fix
LeeTutorretired
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spars, is your problem solved?  What registry fix did you find, one that solved the whole problem, or one that corrected file association type errors?  If the latter, then johnb6767 already gave you one of those, and should be given the points for this question, at least if your entire problem is solved.  (Although, if I understood your rather brief comments about what the problem was, I can't figure out how a file association type registry fix would have corrected your entire problem...)
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As I understood the problem, it could have easily be fixed by the default File Association .reg file.... I would like to know the reg key that resolved it as well.....

I actually duplicated the problem by changing .lnk files to notepad.exe, and running the .reg fix....

It writes a notepad.exe association here (didnt look for them all)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.lnk\UserChoice

Or it could get set under here....

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.LNK, as a per user File Association....

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