Registry problems

By Gradient
Nov 18, 2006
  1. Not long ago my copy of Adwatch (an extension of Adaware that actively scans for incoming spyware) went haywire and blocked a number of XP programs from making changes to the registry. Now XP doesn't know what to do with shortcuts, doesn't do anything when I try to open most executable files (Firefox is one of the few that works), and generally things are a mess. Adwatch has stopped loading at startup, and I can't open the .exe anyway, so I can't prevent it from blocking anything. I can't use System Restore because the .exe won't open. I can't use Registry Mechanic to clean it up because, again, the .exe won't work. What can I do to sort out this mess?

  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The first thing to try is a Windows repair as per this thread HERE. Hopefully that`ll sort you out.

    If it doesn`t, you might need to think about backing up your important data, reformatting and reinstalling from scratch.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. Gradient

    Gradient TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    Well, I couldn't run any of the software the thread suggested (since .exe files aren't working and all) so it looks like it's a reinstall for me. Thanks for the help. :)

    I managed to get System Restore up and running by selecting Open With... with a file and selecting Sys R, which worked where selecting shortcuts and the .exe file didn't. All better now. :) Sorry for the double post.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    That`s good news mate, thanks for letting us know.

    Regards Howard :)
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