im quite sure I downloaded a virus (well when I eventually managed to do a scan there were somthing like 5000 issues!!)
to start of with my computer restarted and and would not load, the blue screen came up saying windows had shut down to protect my files.
so I restarted it again and before the blue screen there was options to load in safe mode (some other variations of safe mode) normal windows and to load windows using the last settings that worked, I tried normal windows first and that came up with the blue screen again, however the third time I noticed the last working settings option and that loaded windows, or rather I was logged on but the only thing there was my desktop picture, so I Ctrl + Alt + Del and got the task manager and tried run explorer.exe and it came up with the error sign saying windows doesn't know what program to run this withso either choose from list of programs or search the internet, so first I try and use explore.exe to run explorer.exe, and yea that didnt work. I managed to get windows (sort of) working by trying to open things from my firefox download list using explorer.exe and now I have my desktop files and the start bar and can open folders but and programs wont work, I managed to run a scan using my McAfee by right clicking on my computer and clicking scan it treated about 5000 somthings. I restartedmy computer and this time windows ran but with the same issues, I can run regedit because it is a .exe and I cant open any other program. I have read some other posts and they mention iexplorer.exe that isnt running on my computer (that im aware of) and I cant find the file.
oh and also hidden files wont unhide themselfs
To open regedit, go to computer/your OS (should be x64 or C:/)/windows
Then hit the letter 'R' until you see the icon for REGEDIT... Right click this, and choose run as: Then choose your local admin, on the user that you are currently logged into. Don't worry about a password unless your account requires one... Simply provide that if needed.
Then, from there.... This is where it gets a little tricky.
Then navigate yourself to the right pane....
There should be two things we are looking for here... The first is our SHELL... find that and double-click (or right click then choose 'modify') the value data should read EXACTLY THIS: explorer.exe If it does NOT say this, or says ANYTHING else, change it so that is says simply: explorer.exe
Scroll down in the same pane, and find Userinit... Modify this as well... The value data should read exactly this: C:\Windows\system32\userinit.exe,
Yes... There should be a comma. If this value is NOT set exactly as I mentioned... Modify it to that.
Then, close the registry editor, and do a power cycle (restart your PC, shutting it down completely, turn it off, then turn it back on using the button... Do not simply click restart)
This should give you explorer.exe back.
After that, you will still have issues opening programs... There is no easy fix for this, so I'll give you the short answer.
Create a new user by going to CONTROL PANEL.
Give that new user Admin. Permissions
Load er up.
Put all of your important icons on a memory stick or external HD
Make sure all of your programs work
Delete the previous user.
This should fix all of your problems.
Total estimated fix time: 20 minutes
This is a complete fix.... There should be no residual issue after completing these steps.
If you need more help, e-mail me at email@example.com
Earlier this month I got the really bad av virus. No programs, and I mean NO PROGRAMS of mine would run. So all the solutions of using the internet would obviously not work. The easiest way to fix your executibles, which after hours of searching I found, is:
CTRL-ALT-DELETE for Task Manager.
Then click on File in the upper left.
Hold CTRL and click New Task (Run).
Enter REGEDIT.EXE in the black box that pops up, you don't need to go to the next line or anything.
Now, you should have successfully opened up Regedit! (I was unable to through any normal means because it was an executable)
On the left, there should be a folder named HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. Click on that.
Scroll down until you find the .exe folder.
Click on that, and look in the right panel. The first item on the list for me was the problem. This was the (Default) file, and under Data on the right, it said secfile. This is why no executables were working!
Now you right click on (Default), and press Modify.
Under Value Data, change it from whatever it is, (mine was secfile), to exefile.
HOPEFULLY now your computer is back!! Run any antivirus programs now, or whatever you want to do. Hope this helps!
Thank you so much for this fix. I couldn't get anything to work without figuring out a way to go around the normal ways and the fix restored all my exe's to normal. The only thing I wonder about now is since I'm pretty sure this was a virus I downloaded accidentally is if the virus could still be hidden on my computer even though everything seems fixed? I talked to someone who is a professional and she said that there have been alot of problems with these type of viruses lately and to use caution because some viruses can allow others to see any important personal information on your computer. She said programs like Avast usually won't pick them up, so I was wondering what would be the best course of action to find any hidden virus files?
I'm no computer expert but I had the same problem happen to me. I downloaded a virus and removed it in regedit. When I rebooted no .exe file would run. I had to right click and press start inorder to get one to work. I did a system restore with vista. Go to the programs menu and find system restore. You can't just click on it (because it is another .exe file so it won't run either). Right click on it and find the location that the short cut points to. Find the actual file and right click on it and click on start. This will run system restore to restore your registry back before it got screwed up.
THANK YOU! That link to Doug's website worked like a charm. I too had this problem after downloading a virus. I did a system restore, and that still didn't fix it. I didn't want to make new user account, as I've already customized my current one. I downloaded and opened Doug's fix, and it working INSTANTLY. Thank you sooooo much, this was driving me up the wal!!
What most likely happened was that a virus got onto your computer that deleted registry extensions like .exe, .doc, or .app. This is something that you might be able to get out of unless you completely restored your computer. Sorry. This happened to me, except it was me that was being stupid and deleting random things in the registry because I thought that it would make my computer run faster.