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Hey guys, so my problem is, or rather my girlfriend's, is that programs on her laptop are dissociated with whatever their launching program is. Earlier today I removed a virus from her laptop, and it left this problem behind.

To make things clear whenever I try to open something (anything really) it opens the "Open with..." Window. It also does it for installing programs. I tried installing Malwarebytes and it asked what I wanted to open it with. Even if I try to open a system option (For example, the "Folder Options" in Control Panel) it asks for a program to open with. I figured that whatever the virus was, it dissociated programs with their launching program and replaced it with itself.

Has anyone ever come across this? Any and all help is appreciated.
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Looks like it did a number on the registry. Anyway, this link may help. Start with .exe and .com association fix first then check the system.

More possible fixes here

Good luck
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definitely give the above fixes a try. You can also try running dial-a-fix which is designed for XP. It can restore filetype associations among it's many different tools.

Also try running combofix to make sure all the malware is gone. Combofix looks for filetype association issues and can sometimes repair them.

Both tools are free and very autonomous.
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Originally Posted by gymenii View Post
Looks like it did a number on the registry. Anyway, this link may help. Start with .exe and .com association fix first then check the system.

More possible fixes here

Good luck
Hey, I just used the fix in the first link just a few minutes and they work really well.

FYI, I used the Vista version of the frst linked on a Windows 7 computer and they worked.
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