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Comp says cant open .exe files/programs

By joeybb
Dec 15, 2008
  1. My comp has windows vista. Just recently it wont let me open any programs with .exe, unless I open it as run adminastrator but still wont run just will open it. When clicking on internet explorer a rectangular box pops up with a red X and a cicle around it, it states "windows cannot access specific device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to aceess the item." I could pull up my computer and restore back a couple days,but after restoring it said it wasnt successfull, but also it ran/worked fine untill that box like cought up to me and started not lettring me access .exe stuff. Also have tried restarting also have shut down for a while idk whats wrong. Just 5 mins ago I was on this site on my labtop its a 32 bit, the one with the problem, and I was on this site writing about how it does this and it minibooted me and restarted. So I switched to my desktop comp. I read about someone else getting mini booted in here, and you right click on computer and hit properties and other stuff but I cant get passed the properties part, when I click it it wont pull up. CAN ANYONE HELP ME????
     
  2. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 829

    This is an attempt to work around permissions for running executables. However,
    running in safe mode with UAC turned off may not bypass the problem. Give it a try.

    Draft Draft Draft - developed from quoted message # 3 - Draft Draft Draft

    How to Hobble Trojans Causing Failures With Update, TaskMgr, Regedit, CMD

    Key Symptoms: (any of the following)
    • applying software updates does not work
    • Google searches /Yahoo searches are redirected
    • AntiVirus / AntiMalware programs are just 'spinning'
    • often associated with Antivirus XP 2008, Antivirus XP 2009
    • spurious popups
    • Not working: Taskmgr, Regedit, CMD
    Predicted Outcome:
    Special Circumstances:
    If MBAM and SAS are not installed, ignore failures related to shortcuts & file renaming.
    Procedural Steps - Modified for this user

    1. Save download to desktop Download Here: -> View attachment 38050

    2. Rename file FIXIT.ZIP to FIXIT.EXE

    3. Vista only
      • Restart the computer in safe mode
      • Disable UAC (User Account Control) Reference: -> MS kb93317
        • Log on to Windows Vista as a user who has administrator rights and permissions. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
        • Click User 'Accounts and Family Safety', click User Accounts,
        • Click Turn User Account Control off.

        • Note In some versions of Windows Vista, User Accounts and Family Safety does not appear. In this case, click User Accounts, click User Accounts, and then click Turn User Account Control on or off.

        • If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue. Click to clear the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer check box. Click OK.

        • When you are prompted, restart the computer in safe mode

    4. Double click FIXIT.EXE icon and choose 'Run' - Folder 'fixit' added to desktop

    5. Open folder - 'fixit'

    6. Dbl click executable Fixit.cmd
      • it must be allowed to run
      • answer any prompts.
      • Accept reboot of computer when it finishes

    7. Vista only
      • Restart the computer in safe mode
      • Enable UAC (User Account Control) Reference: -> MS kb93317
        • Log on to Windows Vista as a user who has administrator rights and permissions. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
        • Click User 'Accounts and Family Safety', click User Accounts,
        • Click Turn User Account Control on.

        • Note In some versions of Windows Vista, User Accounts and Family Safety does not appear. In this case, click User Accounts, click User Accounts, and then click Turn User Account Control on or off.

        • If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue. Click to clear the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer check box. Click OK.

        • When you are prompted, restart the computer

    8. Retained for record of other changes - Do Not Execute

      1. If not already installed, obtain MBAM & SAS with these stipulations:
      2. Special instructions for MBAM
        • Dbl click the runmbam icon
        • Do not scan - first UPDATE
        • Click settings and make them all checked
        • Click Scanner Tab chose Full scan
        • Confirm your windows drive is selected/checked

      3. MBAM Scans
        • Click start Scan.
        • Remove Selected when offered by MBAM
        • Read the log - react to 'Delete on Reboot’ after exit.
        • Repeat scans until log reports NO infections/threats, or reporting something it can not clean

      4. Special instructions for SAS
        • Dbl click the SAS icon.
        • Do not scan, first UPDATE
        • Click Preferences, then Scanning Control.
        • Check all items except the 3rd item (Ignore System Restore......)
        • Click Close button to exit control center.

      5. SAS Scans
        • On main screen, Scan for Harmful Software click Scan your computer.
        • On the left check C:\Fixed Drive.
        • On the right, under Complete Scan, choose Perform Complete Scan.
        • Click Next to start the scan
        • After the scan, a summary box will popup. Click OK.
        • Make sure white box has a tick next to 'all'
        • Click Next
        • Click 'remove all'
        • If asked to reboot, click Yes.
        • Repeat scans until log comes clean, or is reporting something it can not clean

      6. Report Results
        • post the logs from each run with infections or finds something it can not fix
        • Scan with HJT and post log
    9. Clean up
      • Special case where after installing MBAM and SAS they will not update or run.
      • Run only the runmbam and sas shortcuts until issues fixed then you may go back to the original shortcuts




    Technical Details:
    BFU script and batch files to:
    1. Rip out Antivirus 2009, delete many other known bad files
    2. Repair disabled Regedit, Taskmgr CMD etc.
    3. Defaults the HOSTS file
    4. Deeply cleans Temps both Windows and Internet
    5. Renames MBAM and SAS (actually copies to this name so we still have the original name also) and puts Shortcuts on Desktop
    Plus more.
     
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