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post #1 of 10
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I just removed a fake AV from my laptop and now whenever I try to access a program, I get a pop up that says "Choose from this list of programs".

Even when I choose the program from that list, it still won't launch. I have also tried navigating to the actual folder itself and still no luck.

Almost every program is like this, and I've already run a full Malwarebytes scan.

Help
post #2 of 10
That sucks, good luck with it though.

Ive been pretty lucky in not getting infections, nowhere near a guru at removing them.

Do you have any real AV installed?
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I think your best bet is to format at this point, you don't know what else the virus messed with, your system might be a privacy hazard.
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Well I don't think you can fix that, are you able to remove the programs and reinstall them? If it doesn't allow you to do that then try and salvage what you can, then reinstall vista
post #5 of 10
have you tried opening them from your local disk? i think the virus deleted the actual shortcuts.

EDIT: missed it. i think you should reformat.

btw i've had virus like this and i used combofix to fix it but i didnt get anyhelp from professionals which they said was dangerous but it was on an old dell gx260 so i risked it and it fixed it.
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post #6 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tw34k View Post

Do you have any real AV installed?
Yes, I had a fully updated MSE running in the background.

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Originally Posted by Darkknight512 View Post
I think your best bet is to format at this point, you don't know what else the virus messed with, your system might be a privacy hazard.
Unfortunately, that is not an option for me

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Originally Posted by Yumyums View Post
Well I don't think you can fix that, are you able to remove the programs and reinstall them? If it doesn't allow you to do that then try and salvage what you can, then reinstall vista
I'll try reinstalling some now.

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have you tried opening them from your local disk? i think the virus deleted the actual shortcuts.
Yes, I went to the actual folder and tried opening them. No such luck.
post #7 of 10
This is a relatively simple fix if it is what I think it is. The file associations for the .exe file extension have just become corrupted/deleted by the fake AV in the registry. You should be able to find a .reg file online somewhere that will replace the broken registry keys with the proper ones. Good luck!
    
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Sour.
If that registry thing doesn't work you'll probs have to refornat.
    
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by The_0ctogon View Post
This is a relatively simple fix if it is what I think it is. The file associations for the .exe file extension have just become corrupted/deleted by the fake AV in the registry. You should be able to find a .reg file online somewhere that will replace the broken registry keys with the proper ones. Good luck!
Download ASC4 and it worked perfectly!

Thanks man +rep
post #10 of 10
Whats the name of the fake av you removed? Run hijack this and post the log
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