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Old 06-23-2005, 11:09 AM   #1
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Question .EXE's viewing as WordPad

For some reason all of my .exe programs are opened in WordPad everytime I try to run one. I have no idea how to fix it although I already tried to fix Windows 2000 but the disc isn't working. Would anybody happen to know a mannual sollution to this problem? thx in advance.
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Old 06-23-2005, 11:14 AM   #2
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hmm weird... they are auto exectuables files so should boot into themselves...

Are you sure your not trying to run EXE files made for Windows PC's on a Macintosh? If so, these won't work and might have that effect.
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Old 06-23-2005, 11:17 AM   #3
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Nah, I was playing starcraft and I exited to chat on AIM. I think some one hacked it just to mess around while I was on AIM. So when I tried to load up starcraft it came up in WordPad with alotta boxes and random letters and things like that. And now all my exes are like that... even my load ups such as sound manager and ATI toolbar.
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Hmm, it seems you have a bug in your system that has in some way told exe files to open in wordpad.

You can make windows choose a different program to open stuff in, but thats the thing, exe's are a program so shouldn't need anything else to run them.

Have you got antivirus protection you could update and scan?
It might be a joke virus, as I don't think its going to be one of those serious ones since windows is still working

So do a scan and hopefully it'll find the bug thats caused the computer to change how it runs EXE's

I hope this helps!
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hmm... know of any decent free Anit-Virus programs? But even so if I download one it will probably open up in WordPad.
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hehe yea....opps....

Well you could always try an online scanner which will look through your pc, and then tell you step by step how to delete the files.

Try this:

http://www.pandasoftware.com/actives...f=EN-PR-AS-107

and:

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/hous...start_corp.asp

These will both scan your PC. I'm not sure if the first one has the ability to delete files, though I know the second one just tells you how after finding them, though its not hard

Plus, after this is fixed, get yourself a good antivirus program, like Norton or a free alternative, AVG Antivirus which is great! Plus if oyu haven't got spyware detectors then, get a free one of those, and same for firewall if you hvaen't got one, and a good free one that I use is, Zone Alarm

After this is sorted out, we'll give you links to these programs if you want to protect your pc, as they are very important to have.

I hope this helps
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Jeeze and I haven't even finished my first cup of coffee...
In the windows os there is a function for connecting what program/data file is opened by what in house program. It's how when your winamp takes over your music files you break the association.
I think in simpler terms it's called > open this program with.
If the connection between your .exe files has been changed to notepad then you break it there.

A quick and dirty way to get back to before this is to go back a day or two with system restore.

But Kage is right. Use an online scanner if it is a virus. They will load an active x applet and then have a look.
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I dont think win2k has system restore, but I see what your saying about open program with option, but how do I do it with .exe's and what is the program called to correctly use exe's with?
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Yeah Setishock, I thought of the Open Program with function too:

"You can make windows choose a different program to open stuff in, but thats the thing, exe's are a program so shouldn't need anything else to run them."

and I'm sure that its only used to select programs to run them as, and not to disable what program is used... as they'd be no alternate program to make them run with to make it go to that instead

Hopefully those online virus scanners will find something and get it sorted, though if they dont find anything, then hopefully setishock is right in saying you can select to disable a program running something (like winamp) though I didn't think you could do that from within windows for EXE's
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http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_exe_fix.zip

Should work for 2000 but I'm not sure.
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Ah right, so theres a program to sort that out

Okay

Well hopefully this will work, but i'd still do a scan and delete what it finds. and then we'll give you links for antivirus programs, spyware, and firewall programs to protect the rest of your pc from intrusion. okay?
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I just deleted the 2 viruses and i ran the .reg that I dowloaded and restarted my comp and it's still doing the same thing.

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.reg? Was that the file that BuzzStPoint asked you to download? Hmm...

In that case, I am really stuck, though have you tried the other online scanner?

After you do fix it though (i'm sure someone will be able to help) then here are links to proection programs :

Antivirus (AVG - free, excellent scanner)

http://free.grisoft.com/

Firewall (ZoneAlarm - Great free protection from hackers)

http://www.zonelabs.com/store/conten...eeDownload.jsp

Spyware (Spybot, Search and Destroy - Free)

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

These are the ones I trust, and have used myself. I would have also said AdAware, though these are my choices which i've safetyfied as it were

So download these, keep them updated, and you'll have a safe PC to work with, well, when that little problem is fixed!
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I can't run any of these, they all open in WordPad... this is so frustrating!
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If w2k will let you or it has that option you may want to think about doing a repair install or a sfc /scannow. Somehow instead of running the program it's thinking it has to "list" the program. That's a dos function.
The gibberish you see in notepad is due to the program being compiled.
Looks like the viruses you found have done their damage. Some functions have been altered. Only thing that comes to mind is to reinstall w2k or if it can do a repair install.
Get a antivirus program and a firewall. Going online with out either is just asking for it.

Good luck...
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I know, but after you fix it, download them

I have no idea what could be doing it though. Are you sure you read the registry instructions and put it in the right place, etc?
(this computer has a blocking program so I couldn't access the webpage to check)

Anyone else know how to do something that might work? Very strange problem this.

Plus you can check for System Restore since I thought it did have it, though it might have been ME that started it :

Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore. Then restore to an earlier time before it started happening.

Try doing this though. Press F8 at bootup to bring up the special options menu (this might just be XP though ) and look for 'Last Configurations that worked' as it might choose settings that will take it back to working EXE programs again.

I hope this helps
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k, ill try that. and no there is no system restore in the System Tools folder.
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I hope its not just on XP (though not so sure now), and yea, it must have started on Windows ME

Do you know what I would try to do to stop it using Notepad if it doesn't have that, or doesn't work?

I'd delete it using the Add/Remove programs, under the Windows programs section and get rid of the Notepad program. The programs maybe then would be forced to work in there usual manner.

You could then try to intsall it again if you really needed it using the Windows disc, and from the same Add/Remove programs.

Worth a try! and it might work!!

If this doesn't work either (like the programs don't know what to open with), simply backup important files and do a re-install of windows It'd be the only way if what we've tried hasn't, and with that clean install, run those programs on the above links and get some much needed protection on your PC!

I hope this helps
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I have no idea how to uninstall wordpad, its not listed on the add/remove programs list, and when I choose to add/remove windows components it opens in WordPad =/
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Oh dear... another problem there then...I'm afraid it'd be listed in that, which you can't access

Okay, go to SafeMode (del at bootup) and try going to it from there. If this lets you open EXE's in the normal fashion then this should work.

So enter the Add/Remove programs and choose Windows Components and then delete it (EDIT: Oh...its not listed there )

Okay, hard delete the program (its stored in a different place on this machine, though should be in c:\Windows i'd think.

If not, run Windows Search, and search for files and folders from safe mode, and search for 'wordpad.exe' and then delete the program which is a complex way of doing it, but seems the only way, and if it fixes your problem, you might as well.

Its weird though its choosing programs to work with and others not too... that makes me think its a bug, though the online scanners didn't find anything.

I hope this suggestion helps, and it's my last straw apart from a full re-install i'm afriad, so I hope it fixes it
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