All Programs say "choose file to open"

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Rey - Apr 6, 2011 at 05:59 PM
 bubba - Dec 20, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Hello,
I've recently got a virus in my Dell laptop. My sister has cleared the virus (since it's her laptop), everytime I open a program (eg. Google Chrome) it asks me what file to choose to
open with, even though it's a program (.exe file).I could get on the internet by clicking "look for the appropriate program on the web." If you could help me, that would be greet.

Cheers
-Rey



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bionik Posts 4233 Registration date Thursday August 19, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen August 3, 2016
Apr 6, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Greetings,

The virus in question has modified registry keys which prevents opening programmes. Now, several viruses do that and you may not have all the same virus.

For once in my lifetime, Symantec has created a useful tool. Mind you, Symantec in line with its principal, created a tool which will not remove the virus but at least resolve the open with problem.

I could give you directives to modify registry entries but that would require time and in some cases be risky.

So after running the tool, all of you must download, install, update and run Malwarebyte.

So here are the steps:

1. Download, unzip and run Godzilla Fix:

https://community.broadcom.com/home

2. Download, install, update Malwarebyte and run a FULL (I insist FULL scan)

https://ccm.net/downloads/security-and-maintenance/4621-malwarebytes-anti-malware/

You may be required to reboot during the process.

3. After the scan delete the items found.

Now if none of you comeback to give me some feedback, my spirit will haunt you for eternity and I will cast a spell on your system. I'am serious.

Best regards
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Thank you for the suggestion bionik,

I have downloaded and un-zipped Godzilla fix, but a message appears:
Cannot execute C:\Users\Guest\AppData\Local\Temp\Rar$EX02.571\KillGodzilla.exe

And for Malwarebyte, It still goes to "Open With"

But thankyou for the suggestion,

-Rey
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bionik Posts 4233 Registration date Thursday August 19, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen August 3, 2016
Apr 6, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Godzilla must certainly be incompatible with windows vista that's why you have the error,

Let's try this:

Download and unzip https://www.winhelponline.com/fileasso/exefix_vista.zip

Then double click on exefix_vista.reg, accepts registration in the registry,

Then restart the computer normally and all files. EXE works!
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EDIT: I Put the "KillGodzilla" file on my desktop, but the same as everything else, it asks to "Open With" I can't even open up Notepad.
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bionik Posts 4233 Registration date Thursday August 19, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen August 3, 2016
Apr 6, 2011 at 06:50 PM
No, do not try to open KillGodzilla, this is an .exe program, you can't run it. Just open the last file I give you: https://www.winhelponline.com/fileasso/exefix_vista.zip
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Thank you for the suggestion,
So I un-zip the file and try to put it in my registry I right click and hit "Merge", and an error pops up.
Here is the error:
Cannot import C:\Users\Guests\Desktop\exefix_vista.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the systems or other process.
-Rey
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