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I cannot open any programme on my xp computer

I CANNOT OPEN PROGRAMMES EITHER FROM MY START MENU OR ICONS ON MY DESKTOP. I CAN OPEN INTERNET EXPLORER BUT not FIREFOX.
EVERY TIME I GET THE MESSAGE WINDOWS CANNOT OPEN THIS FILE AND NEED TO KNOW WHICH PROGRAMME CREATED IT.
EVEN MY KASPERSKI ANTI VIRUS PROGRAMME WILL NOT OPEN. MY TASK BAR LOOKS VERY BARE.
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  1. Start in Safe Mode and see if you can run a full anti-virus scan from there.

    What happened before this issue?
  2. I have done a full on -line scan and no virus/malware detected.
    I had been using RegscrubXP to tidy up my registry. Seems it might have done a messy job?
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    I have done a full on -line scan and no virus/malware detected.
    I had been using RegscrubXP to tidy up my registry. Seems it might have done a messy job?


    For sure, a corrupt of missing registry keys can blow away file associations. Try to do a system restore to a time before you ran the registry cleaner.

    If that fails, you are probably stuck with trying to Repair or Re-install Windows.
  4. A system restore is a good idea. After that, whether it's successful or not, I think you should run through this guide.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/248626-45-simple-free-guide-removing-malware
  5. Another issue i have found regarding this problem. Sometimes instead of telling the user that you "Do not have proper authority" it states that issue. Make sure you are in administration mode, or in the administrators profile, or are given admin privileges.

    ~Trey
  6. lazyperson17 said:
    Another issue i have found regarding this problem. Sometimes instead of telling the user that you "Do not have proper authority" it states that issue. Make sure you are in administration mode, or in the administrators profile, or are given admin privileges.

    ~Trey


    Are you the OP (WMullins)?
  7. OP? nope...
  8. k, just checking....didn't want to close an active thread. I think the OP is gone for good.
  9. This topic has been closed by Aford10
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