Virus? Windows Update? Who knows... but here is the quick rundown of what happened. We cant open any programs. We click an icon... it thinks about it then nothing. Click on an exe... it thinks about it then nothing. Click on anything that would normally launch a program and nothing happens. This happens in both regular mode and safe mode. So running an anti virus so far is a no go. We CAN however open the registry no problem, open task manager no problem, click on other things in the start menu, copy past files here and there no problem. As long as it doesnt open a program it is all good. We have found an exe_fix_w7.reg file on the internet (Windows 7 File Association Fixes) was supposed to produce God like capabilities to fix the exe registry and make everything better, however here is a couple of things that are still going wrong: 1) Original manual instructions we found on the interweb stated: It also stated changing another key to "%1" %*. In both cases tho, the information was already there and didnt need changing. I ran a seach of the registry and never found "secfile". I also ran a search for av.exe (the virus that causes these problems) in both the registry and puter, but nothing was found. 2) Regardless of the "issues" from point 1, we attempted to run that file association fix but it produces the following error in both regular and safe mode: I went so far as to go into the task manager and shut off every thing that I could. I literally only have 10 processes "running". Reformat?