Anyone know how / why I cannot open .exe files after a malware removal?

AFTER MALWARE REMOVED - 2008 R2 SERVER CANNOT OPEN .EXE FILES?
Jack MurphyOwnerAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Can you rename the files?  Did the malware encrypt the files?  If the latter, the only practical way to recover your files is from your current backup (assuming it was not affected in the malware attack).
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
First check the file associations...

And consider reinstalling the server. The OS might never be as clean as it used to be.

Also reset IE. I have an experience that IE settings can block .exe files...
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
Try to rename .exe to .com and try to run.
Maybe this will work that way, but bottom line your file association on your server have changed or get corrupted.

To fix file association you can try:
1. Run Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\[Extension]
2. Expand the [extension] key and choose UserChoice key and delete all its sub keys
3. If it doesn’t work, delete the UserChoice key itself.

or

You can try using FixEXEC software.
I did it one on Windows 7 computer and It helped me to recover after virus atack

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/fixexec/
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Jack MurphyOwnerAuthor Commented:
Investigating both.  Thank you
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Jack MurphyOwnerAuthor Commented:
FixExec worked like a charm.  Thank you!
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
You are very welcome :)
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