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Explorer.EXE ( ) is not a valid Win32 Application.

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August 27, 2013 7:53:11 PM

I have windows 7 and my computer will not let me open device manager no matter how I try to open it.

When I go through the search programs and files it pops up with this error , a big X and ""blank" is not a valid Win32 application."
August 27, 2013 8:11:34 PM

I'm guessing a virus gone wrong. Something corrupted your explorer.exe which is a common target for attack in windows. I would say it's best to format the drive and re-install everything. If that is not an option then use something like Trinity Rescue Kit to get your files off and then run anti-virus software on it. It will take some effort on your part to do it right. Once you do that try to boot into safe mode and restore your installation.
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August 27, 2013 8:12:50 PM

Try running through the malware guide in my signature.
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August 28, 2013 8:44:13 PM

@aford10 Are all those steps suppose to be in safe mode with networking?
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August 29, 2013 3:00:49 PM

Combofix can be ran in normal windows, but malwarebytes should be ran in safe mode with networking.
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