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Can't run any downloads, exe files, services.msc, eventvwr, regedt32, etc

I have a windows 8.1 64bit machine that is not allowing me to run any malware software, any downloaded utilities, does not allow me to run services.msc, regedt32, or the like. I get the error "Network error. (file path)
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All of the files are on the local machine. I have checked permissions and they are correct. it appears to be something like the exe virus but I am unable to even get the machine to boot to a rescue disk or go into safe mode.
Any suggestions?
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Thanks for the replies. I tried to use the kaspersky boot disk but i can't get it do boot from the usb drive. It will start to read it but then fail. I have tested the disk in another machine and it works fine. Is it possible the malware can stop this too?
Eirman, your tutorial helped! looks like I can get into safemode and it will let me run a few things. Thanks so much both of you!!
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TcAnthony,

I'm glad we could help. I know how frustrating it get can get..

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