I had a virus on my computer and was able to remove it, however, now almost all of my programs won't work. Even trying to open freecell pulls up the "select a software to run this in" window. I can't even install software anymore because after downloading a setup file and clicking on it, it too opens the "choose a program to run this in" window. I'm trying to find a way to fix without reinstalling the OS. Does anyone know a way to restore the file/files that are missing that are causing this problem without starting over?
The registry entry for .EXE files has been modified.
You need to boot the computer to a functioning copy of Windows (Such as WinRE on the Vista install CD), run regedit, mount the file
Also, (I'm curious), please tell us what that value is now.
I don't think there is any way to do this without a second copy of Windows; however, yuo can try using explorer to copy
I suggest running the system restore utility to revert your computer's state back to before you had the virus. Do this by: