How to remove the association between all .exe files and iexplorer

Not sure what happened....but my other PC now has every .exe file associated to windows Internet Explorer.  So every .exe file has the "Internet Explorer" icon.  Each time I try to launch an application, it first tries to open it from within the browser and fails.  It asks me to run, save or cancel  

How can I break that association and bring it back to normal?  Its been tricky so far because anything I try uses the bloody .exe!  Please help!!!
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Follow the instructions on this page and utilize the link found on the subsequent list to restore the default EXE file association:

Windows 7 Default File Type Associations - Restore

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After that, you should probably initiate a full scan with your current antivirus application, and a quick scan with Malwarebytes.  Something like this may be caused by a simple accident amongst the file associations, but quite often it's caused by malware.

Taking it a step further, here is a good article written by Younghv, one of the Experts Exchange community's very best malware removal specialists.  Take a few minutes to read through this and follow his recommendations... it can save you a great deal of time and effort:

Stop the Bleeding: First Aid for Malware!
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I agree with Run5k.  There's another 'reg' that I use for Windows XP to do the same thing and then do the scans.
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rortiz77Author Commented:
SWEEEEEEEEET!!!!! IT WORKED!!!! Ah...yes...I can enter the new year happy and stress free :)  Thanks a million Run5k!!!
rortiz77Author Commented:
Super fast and 100% correct solution!
Glad to help!
"9 minute solution"
Pretty cool!
Thanks!  Much like you, I have learned a great deal and had a lot of practice!
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