Can't open .exe files

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Jeremy Hellpop, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Jeremy Hellpop

    Jeremy Hellpop New Member

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    Hoping someone can help with this, as it's a real pain. Any time I try to open an .exe file, or a shortcut to an .exe file, I get an error message saying that Windows cannot find the file.

    I've tried moving files to different locations, but nothing works. When I restart in Safe Mode everything opens fine, so I'm worried it's some kind of virus or malware causing the problem. Any ideas?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
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    Could be a registry problem for exe files but as you say things are ok in safe mode I's first run a malware check - get a free download of mabam from here and see if that identifies and removes any problems:

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes
     
  3. Jeremy Hellpop

    Jeremy Hellpop New Member

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    I had to run MWB in safe mode, but a full scan found nothing. More worryingly, I can't even restore; just get a message saying "System Restore can't start."

    I'm running Win 7 64-bit, btw.
     

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