HELP! can't run SOME .exe files

Hi fellas!

I started my computer this morning and immediately saw something wierd :

1. my computer skipped the usual ram check
2. it did not go throught all my periphericals
3. The ASUS boot screen poped up twice

I wasn't really worried at this point until I start my session to realise that I can't boot 90% of my exe files. For some unterminable reasons I can start CCleaner or Defraggler but I can't start anything else. I can't browse the web on FF or Chrome, can't start any games nor Adobe suite.

Furthermore, none of my .exe files that usually start with Windows didn't start this time (i.e.: Steam, Daemon Tools, etc.)

Everything else seems to be fine : my usb components, my two monitors, my sound system, etc. work perfectly.

I went on the internet on my laptop to check for a solution and tried many things :

1. Booted in Safe mode and networking and it was the same thing... Couldn't run a thing aside from CCleaner.
2. Downloaded the Doug Knox fix for Windows 7... didn't work.
3. Went into the registry and everything seemed fine in the .exe reg.
4. Restored my system to earlier date.

I know that I ran defraggler earlier but I didn't let it finish, could it be the cause of the problem?

So is there a solution? I don't want to reformat until I know I have no other choice, I have a ton of games I got from Steam that I would need to re-download wich would be a pain :(.

Thanks alot for your help!

my rig : X4 995
GTX470
8G RAM
ASUS M4A87TB Evo
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  1. You're saying the issue interferes with your boot/POST sequence, but you're still loading Windows successfully? This kinda sounds like a firmware rootkit to me, but that's almost impossible. You'd be totally screwed in that case.
    Go into BIOS first, see if anything's changed. You wouldn't see anything if it is a rootkit, of course, but it might not be.
    Oh, and wait for someone more experienced in this area to say something. I'm kinda shooting in the dark here, I admit.
  2. 1.Well get in Safe mode and scan deep for viruses. Malwarebytes would do....

    2.Can u restore in the time before this happened?

    Did u upgraded any driver or win update did?


    Or restore your back up if u have one... That would help u the best.
  3. 1. Malwarebytes won't run in neither normal or safe mode.
    2. The lastest restore is this morning...
    3. Not that I'm aware of.

    If I go to the BIOS what should I be looking for? I'm kind of a newb when it comes to that.

    Thanks!
  4. moamyot said:
    1. Malwarebytes won't run in neither normal or safe mode.
    2. The lastest restore is this morning...
    3. Not that I'm aware of.

    If I go to the BIOS what should I be looking for? I'm kind of a newb when it comes to that.

    Thanks!



    Do this to scan and more

    http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/
  5. I might add that I've run Malwarebytes, CCleaner and Avast the day before and dealt with everything that was bad for my system.
  6. What do u see in the Event viewer that happened today.
  7. Quote:
    1. Malwarebytes won't run in neither normal or safe mode.


    This could well be a virus. Rename Malwarebytes installer to something else that does run such as ccleaner. If this then runs you have a virus.


  8. Thanks God I was able to open Paint, paste the screeny, put in on my flash drive, transfert it on my Mac and upload it.

    I can't use Hiren on my flash drive since the exe wont work on my PC and can't run on Mac so I'll burn it on a CD.
  9. pjmelect said:
    Quote:
    1. Malwarebytes won't run in neither normal or safe mode.


    This could well be a virus. Rename Malwarebytes installer to something else that does run such as ccleaner. If this then runs you have a virus.


    How do I do that :sweat:
  10. That's what I would do


    http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

    Or run some portable scanner, but hirensbootcd is #1 in this.
  11. nikorr said:
    That's what I would do


    http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

    Or run some portable scanner, but hirensbootcd is #1 in this.


    It's burning as we speak! Hopefully it'll find something and get rid of it for good!
  12. Fingers crossed. Helped me several times either virus or MBR stuff.

    I helped some friends with that. Its great multi tool and free.

    Something like this : )

  13. So I've try to use the CD on Safe mode and it didn't work...

    I pressed F8 during start up, selected the CD as booting device and now I have a load of option but I'm quite lost t_t
  14. nikorr said:


    Thing is, Malwarebytes cannot be run on XP and it won't open in Windows 7... Crap.
  15. Booting
    Once the disk is burned, place it on a DVD or CD drive on the computer and restart the computer. After the computer displays its default first screen, the disk will scan and load the Hiren's Boot menu. The menu gives users three options. The options are to start the computer normally, load Mini Windows XP or load the disk. Choose the disk-loading option to work within the disk parameters and run in DOS. DOS is a simplified process that uses only text. The CD provides shortcuts to each utility.
  16. I'll try that out.
  17. That's the way to do it.
  18. So I went to Dos programs and the anti viruses arent there so I'm back to MiniXp. I'll keep on searching.
  19. Mini Windows XP is your way
  20. A cool trick to run software when EXE's wont work. Rename MalwareBytes.exe to MalwareBytes.com and run it. I would start with malwarebytes and ccleaner myself, though It might come down to running ComboFix. (http://www.combofix.org/)
    Associations were able to be fixed using http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm in the past. I'm not sure if it will work with Windows 7 though.
  21. thedexmonster said:
    A cool trick to run software when EXE's wont work. Rename MalwareBytes.exe to MalwareBytes.com and run it. I would start with malwarebytes and ccleaner myself, though It might come down to running ComboFix. (http://www.combofix.org/)
    Associations were able to be fixed using http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm in the past. I'm not sure if it will work with Windows 7 though.


    I'll try that try! Thanks!

    I already tried the Doug Knox fix and it didn't do the trick :(
  22. The .com trick didn't work... I'm starting to lose faith. ComboFix wouldn't run either... Trying Spybot now.
  23. Why can I run CCleaner but nothing else? This blow my mind to pieces.
  24. uninstall it.. clean your temp folders %temp% and %windir%\temp just delete all files and folders that will delete in both folders. Check services that autostart for suspicious activity services.msc
  25. Viruses prevent programs like that from usage.

    Did u deep scan through with Spybot?
  26. nikorr said:
    Viruses prevent programs like that from usage.

    Did u deep scan through with Spybot?


    I ran spybot on MiniXP but it wouldn't let me scan my Windows 7 drive and it wouldn't run in Safe Mode... Time to reformat I think.

    Thanks to all of you for your help!
  27. Quote:
    Thing is, Malwarebytes cannot be run on XP and it won't open in Windows 7... Crap.


    Malwarebytes can normally be run in Windows XP.

    Download the free version of Malwarebytes (not the 30 day trial full version) and rename it by right clicking on the downloaded file and select rename and change it to a program name that does run. It is not uncommon for viruses to block the execution of any program that could remove them.
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