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Old 12-28-2007, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default Can't open any programs? Help

Got hit with a virus last night but AVG got it and put it in the vault. Didn't think anything of it and I closed down for the night. Booted up this morning and now I can't open any of my programs, such as word, media player, outlook express, etc and the AVG icon is gone. The only thing that opens is internet explorer. When I try to open something I get "choose program you want to use to open this file". Of course I'm opening a program and not a file thus nothing works. I'll choose excel to open excel and it says it being used by another user or some say "application not found".
I can open these programs by clicking on a saved document or media player by clicking on an MP3 or video in my documents and can do a AVG scan by right mouse clicking on something so they are still there. The only thing I have no way to open is outlook to retrieve my email.

I tried to roll back to a previous restore point but I can't open "properties" in my computer. Says system/rundll32.exe cannot be found. I may be SOL

How can I correct this short of doing a full system restore with a restore disk.


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Old 12-28-2007, 03:02 PM   #2
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Default Re: Can't open any programs? Help

might be time for a fresh install of xp

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Old 12-28-2007, 03:04 PM   #3
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I think you are pretty SOL because it has corrupted system files, so it would appear that your restore disc will come in handy.
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