EXE files not opening

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G99 Posts 1 Registration date Tuesday April 2, 2013 Status Member Last seen April 2, 2013 - Apr 2, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Ambucias Posts 47356 Registration date Monday February 1, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen February 15, 2023 - Apr 2, 2013 at 06:26 AM
Hello,
I recently re-installed WinXP on my Dell laptop as I had been having issues with it. After this, I tried installign AVG Free, but it wouldn't install - a Google search revealed that other people had been having the same problems.
So I tried avast! Free antivirus, but it kept removing files that were perfectly safe. I didn't want my files to be disappearig, so I uninstalled it. Unfortunately the files that it had moved to the vault did not reappear on my computer, but luckily I had them backed up. The major issue that I am experiencing is that since uninstalling Avast, .exe files won't open on my computer - a box comes up for me to choose what program to open the file with.
Can anyone offer any help? I'm not sure if it is a virus or what the problem is... the other possibility is that it has something to do with AVG - I tried installing it again and although it now appears in my programs, I can't open it and it doesn't seem to be working.

Thanks
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Ambucias Posts 47356 Registration date Monday February 1, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen February 15, 2023 11,169
Apr 2, 2013 at 06:26 AM
Hello

The issue is due to a file association problem.

Go to this link, download and run the tool for XP:

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

Good luck
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