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Windows XP FIX For Lost File Associations

A clever stealth virus somehow got into my XP PC and removed my file associations. Any shortcut or program I tried to run resulted in a pop-up asking me to select an application to run the shortcut or program. MSCONFIG, REGEDIT, system restore or any 'exe' file would NOT run.

Here's the fix that worked for me:

    Go To
    In the left hand column, click WinXP fixes
    Then in the list that comes up, click File Association fixes
    Then in the next list that appears, click EXE File Association Fix

Download the that appears, unzip it and run the extracted file. Then do a system restore to a previous safe restore point. After the restore reboots and completes, you should be up and running again.

This worked well for me Laughing
Thanks for your information.
This will very helpful for newbies.
You don't really need 3rd party software to handle this.
most of the times when a virus prevents applications from running, there will be a process that checks if one of the processes in his "list" are running and will kill the process.
if you are not able to launch taskmgr, what you could do is rename taskmgr.exe to notepad.exe (first rename notepad.exe to notepad2.exe or something else) in the C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder and launch it.
if the virus only checks by process name you should be able to run your taskmanager.
that way you can track the virus down and kill its process.
if it doesn't work, boot into safemode ( keep hitting F8 when booting until it asks you in what way to start windows), that way the virus isn't started up.
launch regedit and search for suspicious names in your startup keys:
usualy found under HKCU, HKLM and HKCR "/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run"
viruses will usualy have a string of random numbers or something.
create a backup before doing anything.
make sure you know what you delete and delete the suspicious startup entries,
restart the machine.
if you did good, the virus shouldn't be running and you can safely delete the infected file.

hope this helps too
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