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XP station Virus can't sync or execute.

Posted on 2011-09-22
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I have an SBS 2003 with about 25 XP clients.  One of the clients got a virus.  The symptoms were I couldn't execute any cleanup/spyware/anti-virus exe's that were installed.  It gave me this error:  "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.  You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."  I finally got Malware-bytes and Combo Fix to run and got all the infected files out after a few rounds; I think.  

However, the damage remains.  I cannot sync with my SBS even though I have a network and an internet connection. When I try, it wants to use a dial-up connection.  

There are still some files I cannot execute, and while I could fix them one-by-one, I want to know if there is a universal fix.

It will not let me do a system restore to a previous point.  I was also going to format and start over, but the windows XP 3 install CD won't even boot.  

Norton Internet Security is installed, but so far it has just gotten in the way.

Any ideas????
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EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

The file that hijacked your .exe file association has been removed, so it errors.... Sounds like this .reg file should resolve it.

Also, if it works under another user profile, then the USER .exe association is hosed. Luckily, those can be deleted safely.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile

Changes are immediate....
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Guys,
I was actually the permissions that had been screwed with.  Anyways, swapper user profiles, changed to a workgroup, then rejoined the network.  I had to reset the TCP/IP stack.  Everything is good.  THanks for the help.
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