exe files open as text files


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wapanap

I have encountered a very strange problem. I have downloaded two exe files
recently. When I doubleclick on the exe file, instead of the application
installing, what should happen but Word of all things opens with, in the
case of one of them a box headed 'File Conversion - arw5setup.msi', and a
similar wording in the second, asking me to select the encoding that makes
my document readable. Whatever I select, the exe file then opens as a text
file. (The reference to an msi file is baffling as both files were exe
files.) When it happened the first time I thought it was a corrupt file, but
when it happened again it has to be that there is something wrong with my
system. Is this a virus? Spybot has just come up with a clean slate ...
 
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philo

wapanap said:
I have encountered a very strange problem. I have downloaded two exe
files recently. When I doubleclick on the exe file, instead of the
application installing, what should happen but Word of all things opens
with, in the case of one of them a box headed 'File Conversion -
arw5setup.msi', and a similar wording in the second, asking me to select
the encoding that makes my document readable. Whatever I select, the exe
file then opens as a text file. (The reference to an msi file is
baffling as both files were exe files.) When it happened the first time
I thought it was a corrupt file, but when it happened again it has to be
that there is something wrong with my system. Is this a virus? Spybot
has just come up with a clean slate ...


No way to help without the name of the file
 
W

wapanap

Thanks for that crucial intervention! For some reason, the default program
for msi files had been changed to Word. Now I changed it back everything is
fine. Thanks again!
 
P

philo

CrucialHoax said:
The name of the file is in the original post...



The way the OP posted...he was pretty confused as he specifically said
it ended in .exe

that's why I wanted him to confirm the file name...

as you correctly surmised...it was of course an .msi file and not .exe
 
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