Fixing broken file association in Windows 2000 Professional

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  1. ogonczyk

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    Hello,

    My computer has been disabled by a massive virus/malware infection. I managed to delete almost all of the bad stuff except "System.BrokenFileAssociation" which is located in "HKCR\.exe". I am unable to see this program (yes, I have made hidden files visible), and it still paralyzes all and any action I'm trying to undertake.
    How can I get rid of it? Please remember that I cannot run any programs except the Super AntiSpyware scan. My operating system is Windows 2000 Professional, and I am staying offline (I'm writing this from a Mac laptop.)

    Many thanks,

    ogonczyk
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forums :)

    Can you try the following to restore access to run exe files:

    Do you have a proper anti-virus on the system? SAS is primarily an anti-spyware scanner and not a fully fledged anti-virus solution.
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the suggestion - it is possible, even though it seems that this glitch has been fixed in May already - but why my computer is still not recognizing any .exe commands? By the way, I have downloaded SAS only after things started happening, and it is the only scan that's still working, everything else is just paralyzed...
     
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    To Ian C.

    Many thanks, Ian, it seems to be working! I checked for .exe, did not find it, then typed EXE, etc. I got a message that this program was already running and would I like to enter it again. I said yes, with some hesitation, and now all my programs and even external downloads are functioning again, albeit the start is quite slow. Should I still be looking for that "already running" exe program?
     
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    Even though my access to email and other files has been restored, I still have a few issues: one, after a short period of time when I could access my "Add/remove software", it is now blocked again; two, the "exe" function disappears right after I insert it into the file types box. What can I do?


    PS. I have installed System Suite 7 as a protection/repair program.
     
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