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animestan



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:09 pm    Post subject: EXEs not executing Reply with quote

Hi, I'm having a problem with specific .exe 's not executing at all/correctly.
Such .exe's such as Borderlands, (and other games) teamspeak3...
Other exe.'s work such as Iexplorer, firefox, steam, etc...
I've scanned with malware bytes, and nod32.
I've tried winXP DEP to allow the processes to execute but no luck.
Looking deeper, I opened up task manager and looked at the processes while I clicked the exe. Lets say for example: I click an exe called oreo.exe. I'll see oreo.exe in TaksManager's processes appear, then disappear.
Theres no error message or anything.
Specs:

XP Sp2
4gb ram
500gb seagate
600W coolmaster
gts 250 512mb


Other
*Nod32
*Windows Firewall is disabled
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animestan



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also did a memtest, and scanned with SAS
Problem still remains, any solutions?
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surreypcsupport.com



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This isn't a problem I have ever come across before in all my years in IT support.

I think the first thing to try is to boot the machine in safe mode. Then see if any of your problem EXEs will run. This may give us some indication of what might be causing this.

Let us know how you get on.
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animestan



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ran it in safe mode and still no luck.
I also tried this http://support.microsoft.com/default...&Product=winxp
but still doesnt solve the problem
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surreypcsupport.com



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the simplest solution is to reinstall windows. Some critical service within the OS has somehow become damaged. Tracking down the precise cause could take hours or even days.

I would try running a windows repair and if that doesn't work, then a clean install. Back up your files first though of course.
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animestan



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As this is a viable solution, my only concern are backup programs.
I know the one included in windows is useless. And I do not wish to purchase 3rd party ones. (nor know how to use them)
Or do you mean simply backup by copying important files, or files I do not wish to redownloaded into a DVD?
Thanks

*Tried a Chkdsk /r, problem still exists
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surreypcsupport.com



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could create an image of a whole partition or the whole drive using something like Macrium Reflect - http://www.macrium.com/

But I generally just copy the files I don't want to lose and then set up my Outlook/Thunderbird accounts and other appliactions settings manually.
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Markb



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a vague recollection of seeing something like this before. if my memory serves some malicious software had hijacked the .exe extension. Start up your PC in safe mode and open up Folder Options from the control panel. Have a look at the File Types tab and scroll down to look for a .exe entry. If there is one there, delete it and then try to run a program to see if it works. If it does, it is likely that you have some kind of malicious software. I would say a reinstall would be your most efficient bet to remove it.
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animestan



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep, I made sure that EXE did not exist in the file type list.
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect this may be caused by some sort of malware infection. Can you post a HijackThis log?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

try using GridinSoft Trojan Killer. It can kill many malicious stuff. Look up my case in http://forum.technical-assistance.co.uk/likely-viral-attack-slowing-down-computer-very-much-vt1056.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last HijackThis log you posted is over a month old, if this issue has only happened since then, I would suggest there could be a more recent infection and it may be beneficial to post a new log.

Alternatively, you could try removing and reinstalling the applications that don't work. Failing that reinstall Windows over the current installation. If that still doesn't work, the format and install Windows from scratch.
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